Mississippi Board of Education 

The Boys and Girls Club of East Mississippi (BGCEMS) and the Meridian Public School District (MPSD) are collaborating to provide comprehensive, year-round, out-of-school-time learning to 195 students grades 2–5 attending Crestwood, Parkview, and T. J. Harris Elementary Schools.  The goals of our program will be as follows:

· Goal 1: To provide academic enrichment to meet challenging MS CCR standards.

· Goal 2: To provide high-quality youth development programs that will enable students to improve academic outcomes and promote positive behavior and appropriate social interaction with peers and adults.

· Goal 3: To implement activities that promote parental involvement and provide opportunities for literacy and related educational development to the families of participating students.

Program Purpose and Goals

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program was established by Congress as Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, 2015. The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for academic enrichment activities during non- school hours or periods when school is not in session, such as before and after school or during summer recess, particularly for students who attend low-performing schools. 21st CCLC programs offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities that are designed to complement the regular academic program such as youth development activities, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, and career and technical programs. 21st CCLC programs also offer families opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their child’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

Contact Information

Mr. Ricky Hood, CEO

Boys & Girls Clubs of East Mississippi


1717 45th Ave.

Meridian, MS 39307

Phone: 601.482.2544