BGCCM’s 2017 Youth of the Year Competition



CONGRATULATIONS to Iyanla from our Capitol Unit for winning BGCCM’s 2017 Youth of the Year competition. Iyanla will be competing in Mississippi’s Youth of the Year Competition this February at the King Edward downtown Jackson, MS!

Iyanla is a freshman at Murrah High School and has been a member of the Club for seven years. Her future goals are to be awarded a full scholarship to Cornell University and major in Interior Design. Iyanla plans to utilize her degree by working along with architecture, movie and play sets and some of the world’s most famous celebrity homes. Iyanla enjoys singing, drawing, writing, speech and debate.

History about Youth of the Year…… Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people.

The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to the state, regional and national levels. To achieve the title of Youth of the Year on any level, Club members must embody the values of leadership and service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They should exemplify the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.

In the 21st-century world and workplace, leadership skills such as communication, goal-setting and teamwork are essential for everyone – especially young people preparing to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood. 


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MS Metropolitan Ballet Nutcracker – Outreach Program

Thank you MS Metropolitan Ballet for supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi! Our Club kids had a blast watching the Nutcracker performance. Thank you for your positive work in improving the lives of our at-risk youth in the Central Mississippi area.

More about MS Metropolitan Ballet Outreach Program… Because education is an important part of the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet’s mission, we continue to hold complimentary performances and conduct student workshops and lecture demonstrations for at risk youth and children who live in areas underserved by the arts. Each year MMB has a commitment to provide meaningful educational experiences that contribute to the cultural development of Jackson-area school children, traditionally those underserved. Through a unique and ever-expanding outreach program and the continued support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet has introduced the art of ballet to over 15,000 children since the beginning of this program in 2000.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi focuses on inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those from disadvantage circumstances, to realize their full potentials as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Everyday our staff and volunteers come to work with the goal of changing at least one child’s life a day. In doing that we open our Clubs to all kids, we do not require proof of good character and BGCCM is affordable to any child. By changing the lives of children we provide varied and diversified programs that recognize and respond to the collective and individual needs of youth. Today, thousands of boys and girls, at-risk and in need, are taking advantage of the programs, activities, and services provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. They benefit from trained, caring, professional staff and volunteers who help young people take control of their lives, envision productive futures and reach their goals.

In order to change the lives of our children that walk through our doors we need people like YOU. With your help we can change these lives, with your help whether is a monetary donation or a day of volunteering, BGCCM is able to open doors to great futures! If you are interested in volunteering or if you want to make a monetary donation click on the link below!

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David Banner Homecoming 2016!


dscn2106Thank you David Banner for coming back to your Boys & Girls Clubs for your 10th annual “Heal the Hood” event. We appreciate your time spent with out Club kids discussing the importance of an education and how your living situation does not affect the person you can become.

Our partnership with the Banner Foundation has given us the opportunity to have a music studio in our Capitol Unit teen wing! Along with David Banner, Leroy Jones Jr., a Jackson-native mixing engineer, producer and owner of studio Sonic Signature, built our Capitol Unit music studio. The Banner Studios can offer mentorship to those students and industry-standard technology, including Pro Tools recording software and Final Cut Pro video-editing software. Our studio lines up perfectly with what the Club tries to accomplish—impacting youth, expanding their career prospects and growing their interests. Being able to present resources like The Banner Studios to Jackson teens is key to helping them imagine a greater path for their futures, whether that’s becoming a singer, rapper, songwriter, recording engineer, producer, manager or a music-industry role they may not yet know about.

Last year (2015) Banner donated the initial music equipment for the Capitol Unit music studio that Jones used to piece together The Banner Studios and provided some of the finances to purchase the materials for Jones to make a quality studio where students can learn about the music industry. BGCCM’s goal is to educate our Club kids about different fields of expertise, including songwriting, videography, artist management and promotion, and even professionalism within the workplace. Club members have been able to make beats, write rhymes, develop their own music style in their studio. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi hope to teach our Club members that there are other ways to find success in the music industry.

The Banner Foundation:  The Banner Foundation is dedicated to empowering and supporting families to create self-sufficient communities. They use the arts to engage, educate, and provide an outlet for creative expression for young people. The Banner Foundation aims to connect people, maximize opportunities to collaborate and leverage resources to strengthen our communities. Their work integrates and cultivates the mind, body and soul to have holistic healing. Learn about the organization and David Banner at





Heal the Hood 2016:

Purpose: The purpose of this initiative is to bring holiday cheer to the most resilient families in the Jackson, Mississippi area by providing gifts for members of the household. The Banner Foundation will also identify and meet any special needs that the families may have. The Banner Foundation’s aim is to encourage education, leadership, advocacy, civic engagement and accountability amongst the communities we serve.

History of Heal the Hood: This is the 10th year of the David Banner’s Heal the Hood Holiday Gifting in Jackson, MS. The initiative evolved out of Banner’s personal ritual of giving to less fortunate families and those impacted by Hurricane Katrina during the holiday season. Over the years, the Banner Foundation has leveraged partnerships, engaged parents and community leaders, and empowered communities to support those among us who are most vulnerable and in need.

Families:  Approximately 350 youth and their families identified by the Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi and HTH partners benefit directly from this one day of gifting. Through collaboration, the Banner Foundation is able to leverage resources an impact across Jackson/ However, HTH and their partners have employed a coordinated strategy and needs assessment which enable to have an ongoing partnership. Partners nominate families living under extremely challenging circumstances that need help providing for their families during the holiday season to Heal the Hood, Inc. This year, with the help of our wonderful partners, the HTH at Christmas will be the biggest celebration of resilience in our collective history.


More About David Banner….  David Banner is a Jackson, Mississippi native who grew up coming to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi’s Capitol Unit.

He is a Grammy Award winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, activist and actor who has appeared in films such as Lee Daniel’s The Butler and in Tim Story’s movie Ride Along. David is also the host of Aspire TV’s current ABFF Independent Film Series.

Banner also is founder of A Banner Vision, a multimedia company that specializes in providing emotionally engaging music for iconic commercials, video games and films for brands like Pepsi, Gatorade, Paramount Pictures (Footloose film), Marvel, Capcom, Mercedes Benz and more!

Such mega success did not come without challenges. At one point along the way, Banner was living in his rundown van with a studio inside…until one day a group of teenagers stole the van – taking everything away from him. Banner kept pushing toward his dream despite the setback. Three months later, on another trip to Birmingham to sell his material, he caught the attention of a Universal label executive and was signed to a multimillion dollar five-album deal.

Banner was raised by parents who instilled in him the importance of getting an education and applying his talents to do something of substance in the world. Banner attended his mother’s alma mater, Southern University (Baton Rouge), graduating with a degree in business; and went on to graduate school at the University of Maryland on a full scholarship before leaving to pursue his musical career.

“Before he died, my father told me that I taught him more about chasing your dreams than anyone he’d ever met in his life,” Banner said. Banner has exceeded his parents’ expectations. Highly successful in his field, he created a foundation, Heal the Hood, Inc., to provide relief and recovery assistance to lower income people of the Gulf Region affected by natural disasters. He deeply believes in the philosophy of giving back, especially once someone can be generous.

Heal the Hood also supports youth development and recreation programs in Mississippi. The foundation raised $500,000 for Katrina survivors in Mississippi and Alabama; and 2014 was its eighth year of distributing clothing, toys, and other necessities to Jackson, Mississippi families during the holidays.

Banner finds reward in encouraging young people to gain knowledge, and he leverages his affluence and influence to help make the world a better place. He has been a prominent and passionate voice in the face of social injustice. In 2017, David Banner plans to release his new album ‘The God Box’.

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Comcast $20,000 My.Future Grant – Sykes Unit iPad Lab

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Comcast made a $20,000 My.Future grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Central Mississippi SYKES UNIT to furnish the Comcast Tech Lab. The My.Future technology initiative is a cutting edge technology education program designed to open the eyes of young people to what is possible for them to achieve through technology. The program is designed to empower youth to build, explore and communicate through technology topics that are of most interest to them.

Comcast NBCUniversal is the Presenting Sponsor of My.Future, which is available to the nearly 4 million youth served by more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs. My.Future allows Club members to select from more than 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy, including areas of exploring the web, communicating with others digitally and building media. Additional experiences allow members to explore advanced topics, such as robotics, coding and game design. My.Future is part of BGCA’s Great Futures Campaign, launched in July to call attention to the crisis facing kids and elevate the role of out-of-school time in reversing negative trends and empowering more youth toward success through enriching after-school and summer programs.


For more information about Comcast and Comcast My.Future click the links below! 

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2016 Keystone Club Pinning Ceremony

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi Keystone Pinning Ceremony! Our Keystone Clubs provides opportunities for leadership development experience in our young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance from our Club professionals, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.

More information on Boys & Girls Clubs Keystone Club… Annually, BGCA hosts the National Keystone Conference, a character and leadership development conference for Boys & Girls Club teens that brings together members from all across the globe. Throughout the conference, Keystone members engage and socialize with peers, explore relevant issues, and develop skills to support and enhance efforts in their local Boys & Girls Clubs and communities.

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Build-A-Bear Workshop Holiday Campaign



Nov 1 – Dec 31, 2016

Join the Merry Mission and give the gift of a great future. Build-A-Bear Stores invites you to support BGCA in 3 easy and fun ways this holiday season: add a donation to your purchase at checkout, sign your name to a paper chain by Nov 23, or you can visit a Build-A-Bear Workshop from Nov 11-13 and stuff a bear that will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is excited to announce a new national partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop and the Build-A-Bear Foundation just in time for the 2016 holiday season. Starting November 1st, guests of Build-A-Bear Workshop stores can support Boys & Girls Clubs across the country by signing their name to a holiday paper chain until November 23rd and adding a donation to their purchase at check-out until December 31st. Funds from this campaign will be split 50/50 (50% – BGCA, 50% – Local Clubs located near Build-A-Bear Workshop stores). In addition to the in-store fundraising campaign, guests can join the Build-A-Bear Foundation and help stuff bears at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores November 11-13 that will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs. All local Clubs paired with a Build-A-Bear Workshop store, will be notified by email before the start of the campaign.

The mission of the Build-A-Bear Foundation is to inspire kids to be Helpful, Empowered, Accepting, Respectful and Team players. To learn about Build-A-Bear Workshop, visit



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Planet Fitness and BGCCM

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Nov 9-16

For every new gym membership ($10 down/$10 a month) created during this special week, Planet Fitness will donate the $10 enrollment fee to the Judgement Free Generation partners, BGCA and Stomp Out Bullying, to promote pro-kindness in Clubs around the country. In addition, Planet Fitness will be encouraging current members to donate $1 in Planet Fitness locations to support the Judgement Free Generation.

BGCA is excited to be partnered with Planet Fitness to support bullying prevention efforts in Clubs across the country. Together with Planet Fitness and STOMP Out Bullying, we are working to create the first-ever Judgement Free Generation — a pro-kindness, anti-bullying movement, aimed at empowering a culture of kindness and encouragement among teens.

As home to the Judgement Free Zone®, a non-intimidating fitness environment designed to make everyone feel accepted and like they belong, Planet Fitness is committed to helping tackle the issue of bullying.

As Boys & Girls Club front line staff, you play a critical role in creating an environment that is safe and supportive for everyone. We hope that these guides help you in your efforts to create cultures of kindness and acceptance in your Clubs.

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Gap and Gap Outlet Holiday Campaign








Change the world this holiday.
Nov 8 – 17, 2016

Customers who donate a new or gently used coat will receive 10% off their purchase at Gap or Gap Factory. Both stores will also be collecting monetary donations.

For more than 15 years, Gap Inc. has sponsored CareerLaunch. This fun and exciting program prepares teens for the working world. Club teens 13-18 years old embark on a journey to explore careers, make sound educational decisions and find success in the world of work.

Available to more than 2,700 Clubs across the nation, the program incorporates a strong mentoring element with practical resources teens can use. Participants can build skills that will help them get a job today, while researching school and career options for future success.

CareerLaunch provides an excellent opportunity for Gap employees across the country to work with their local Boys & Girls Clubs. Simple and effective, CareerLaunch is a great tool that allows volunteers to share their knowledge and experience with teens in their communities, letting them imagine what their future could be while helping them take steps to get there. Gap employees interested in volunteering should visit the Gap Volunteer Resources page.

The Gap operates more than 3,300 stores in more than 90 countries. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, Gap is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta and Intermix brands.

Promotion Time-frame:
Gap Stores and Gap Factory (Outlet Stores)- November 8- November 17 associates will ask customers to donate a new or gently used coat or make a donation. New this year: Customers will only receive 10% off if they donate a coat.

Promotion Goals:
To engage customers, increase awareness, collect coats for kids in need and drive donations to support Clubs in local communities and to support national programming in the Workforce space.



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Family Dollar Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of America


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Nov 1 – Dec 26, 2016

Celebrate the holiday season at Family Dollar, where you can donate at the register to support Great Futures. This promotion will mark the third year of their partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Family Dollar is once again partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to host a national cause marketing campaign during the holiday season that will be featured in stores around the U.S. This promotion will be tied to the BGCA holiday campaign and will feature holiday creative within the in-store collateral. From November 1 – December 26, Family Dollar will invite its customers to donate $1/$3/$5 at register to support Boys & Girls Clubs.

For more than 54 years, Family Dollar has been providing value and convenience to customers in easy-to-shop neighborhood locations. Family Dollar’s mix of name brands and quality, private brand merchandise appeals to shoppers in more than 8,200 stores in rural and urban settings across 46 states. Helping families save on the items they need with everyday low prices creates a strong bond with customers, who often refer to the neighborhood store as “my Family Dollar”.


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Retailers Team Up to Support Boys & Girls Clubs of America During Holiday Season!

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This holiday season, retailers are rallying around Boys & Girls Clubs of America to support the organization who helps serve nearly 4 million kids and teens during the after-school and summer time. Sixteen partners will donate and encourage their customers to give back to the non-profit now through December 31, 2016. More than 4,200 Boys & Girls Clubs serve all kids and teens, especially the ones that need it most. With the organization’s vast reach to impact and enable youth to achieve a great future, there is an estimated 16 million Club alumni living today. In a recent study of alum, more than half (54 percent) said their Boys & Girls Club saved their life.


Companies supporting Boys & Girls Clubs this holiday season include:

Gap/Gap Factory
Nov 8 – 17, 2016
Customers who donate a new or gently used coat will receive 10 percent off their purchase at Gap or Gap Factory. Both stores will also be collecting monetary donations.

Family Dollar
Nov 1 – Dec 26, 2016
Celebrate the holiday season at Family Dollar, where you can donate at the register to support Great Futures.

Bon-Ton Family of Department Stores
Nov 1 – Dec 24, 2016
Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Bon-Ton Stores are partnering this holiday season with a cause marketing campaign at all Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores. Now through Dec. 24, 2016, Bon-Ton invites its customers to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America by (1) purchasing Peppermint the Teddy Bear online or in-store and choose from a selection of jumbo size coloring books 5 titles available, 100 percent of the net proceeds will be donated to support local Clubs (2) making an online round-up donation, or (3) between Nov. 14 – Dec. 24 donating $3 and getting a coupon for $15 off their next purchase. Visit any store location or shop online at

Build-A-Bear Workshop
Nov 1 – Dec 31, 2016
Join the Merry Mission and give the gift of a great future. Build-A-Bear Stores invites you to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 3 easy and fun ways this holiday season: add a donation to your purchase at checkout, sign your name to a paper chain by Nov 23, or you can visit a Build-A-Bear Workshop from Nov 11-13 and stuff a bear that will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs.

Party City
Nov 1 – Nov 30, 2016
Make the season bright and help support America’s Kids by heading to Party City, where you can donate at the register to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Nov 29 – Dec 31, 2016
Boys & Girls Clubs of America will be a featured nonprofit partner in PayPal’s “Give Cheer” charitable giving campaign. From Giving Tuesday (November 29) through the end of the year, PayPal will encourage customers to donate through the PayPal Giving Fund, and will match 1 percent of all donations made.

Nov 29 – Dec 6
During the Giving Tuesday timeframe (11/29 – 12/6), AT&T is supporting Boys & Girls Clubs through AT&T Aspire, its signature philanthropic initiative, and AT&T THANKS, its customer appreciation program. When customers in the AT&T THANKS program redeem their Ticket Twosdays offer, AT&T will donate two movie tickets to Boys & Girls Clubs.

Nov 11 – Dec 31, 2016
Join UGG® this holiday season in its seventh consecutive year in supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Visit any of their North American Stores and donate directly to Boys & Girls Clubs of America at the register.

Bridgestone Retail Operations
Aug 1 – Dec 31, 2016
At all 2,200+ Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works tire and automotive service centers nationwide, customers can round up their purchase at the register to the nearest dollar, or contribute $1/$3/or more, to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Buffalo Wild Wings
Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2016
Give the gift of Buffalo Wild Wings’ signature sauce or dry seasonings this holiday season. Choose from 21 mouth-watering options with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin’®, and $1 from every bottle sold is donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to provide more kids and teens the chance to play team sports.

America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses
Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2016
America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses invites you to make a difference this holiday season. When you purchase a select eye care accessory kit, $2 from your purchase will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Additionally, America’s Best will donate $5 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America for each SHAQ frame sold through the end of the year.

Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2016
We’re all just a kid from somewhere. Through December 31, POWERADE invites you to represent your somewhere by designing and purchasing customized “Just A Kid From” apparel touting the name of your hometown. All net proceeds (minimum $50K) from apparel sales benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Fans can browse the apparel options by visiting

My Coke Rewards
Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2016
Your points can make a difference this holiday season. Donate your My Coke Rewards points to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and make this holiday bright for America’s kids.

Jan 1, 2016 – Jan 31, 2017
This holiday season you can help by visiting Every round-up to Boys & Girls Clubs will help us ensure greater futures for youth in 2017! Additionally GoDaddy offices are collecting toys for Club kids and their families.

Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2016
Help Boys & Girls Clubs of America this holiday season by taking surveys. Earn a chance to win great prizes, and a $0.50 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs via SurveyMonkey Contribute. Be sure to select Boys & Girls Clubs of America as your charity of choice! Click here to participate!

No matter the season, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi encourages everyone to engage in community service and giving. For more details on the incredible partners that support Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s holiday programs and how to participate, visit


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