We know the key to success starts with a solid education. At the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Mississippi, we show our kids and teens that with a focused approach and hard work, they can reach their goals in school and beyond.
Membership and Enrollment Information
There is a membership fee for each child to enroll in the Boys & Girls Club After School program during the school year. The After School classes and high-yield learning activities generally operate from August through May. Dates will vary year to year. The Club's After School programming will run 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (depending on classes and/or sporting events). The Summer Reading enrichment activities, hours, and fees vary. Please contact the Club directly for information on registration/fees, classes, and parent information.
Current National Programs
In September 2006, the doors were opened on the 32,000-square foot home of the Oprah Winfrey Boys & Girls Club of Kosciusko/Attala County (OWBGC). Made possible by the generous efforts of Oprah Winfrey, a Kosciusko native, and The Oprah Winfrey Foundation. The center provides a safe, structured, and positive environment for the young people of Attala County.
Roughly 330 area youths were enrolled in the club’s after-school and summer camp in the 2014 calendar year, with community outreach totaling about 725. Aligned with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, programs largely fall under one of five core areas: Education & Career; The Arts, Character & Leadership, Health & Life Skills, Sports, Fitness, and Recreation.
A multitude of programs, including daily Power Hour study sessions with learning professionals, Money Matters which promotes financial responsibility and independence to club members aged 13 to 18, and Diplomas 2 Degrees (D2D) which aims to instill college readiness.
The Culinary Arts Program was created by Art Smith, Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef. Through the program, young people are educated on the importance of nutrition, physical well-being, and appreciation of diversity through the food and art of different cultures. The program also promotes physical fitness and culture through classes in yoga, capoeira (Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, music, and acrobatics), tai chi, and African dance.
Annually, a teen is selected for the title of Youth of the Year. Held throughout the BGCA network, the award is bestowed to a teen who embodies the values of leadership service, academic excellence, and a healthy lifestyle. (Source)
Carl Speight | President
Willie Kern | Secretary
Eloise Williams | Assistant Secretary
Shelia Patterson | Treasurer
Henry Daniels | City Council
Kary Ellington | City Council
Amanda Dean | Resource Development
Carl Speight | Board Development
Maudie Benton | Charles Fancher | Bryan Weaver |
Charles Hull | Kel McDowell | Sheila Patterson | Brian Weaver
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