Organized into 10-week programs throughout the year, the initiatives noted below encompass the primary curriculum carried out by trained personnel across all of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi’s Units.  The primary goal of these programs is to instill in our youth responsibility and caring citizenship, and also to provide them with the skills necessary to actively participate in the democratic process. Through these programs leadership skills are fostered: youth are encouraged and given opportunities to support and influence their Club, engage in community service, and become role models in their Club and community.


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The Keystone Club promotes character and leadership among Club teens ages 14 to 18, and supports the development of productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

This leadership program involves electing officers, and planning and participating in community service projects with their Club.

Funded by Taco Bell Foundation.



The Torch Club teaches tolerance, civic responsibility, community involvement, and leadership in adolescent members ages 11 to 13. Similar to the Keystone Club, the Torch Club is an opportunity for involvement among younger members.

Members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects. Each Torch Club receives an official charter from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Sponsored by Staples.




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This program recognizes exceptional youth ages 14 to 18 and gives them the voice and path to showcase personal development and achieve their dreams.

The program is designed to promote and recognize service to the Club and community, academic performance, and contributions to family and spiritual life. Competition begins with each Club selecting a Youth of the Year who receives a certificate and medallion then enters the state competition. State winners receive a plaque and $1,000 scholarship then enter the regional competition. Each of the five regional winners receives a $10,000 scholarship and enters the national competition held in Washington, DC. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 scholarship, totaling $26,000 in scholarships, and is installed by the President of the United States.

Sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation.