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Our promise to Mississippi's youth is to provide a safe, positive place and have a significant impact on their lives. We promise to uphold strong ethical standards in all areas especially in overseeing our finances, reporting data on membership and community outreach, being good stewards of the donor dollar, and representing ourselves to the public.
Clubs are open each day after school from 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Research has shown that during this time of day, children are most vulnerable to gangs, violence, and risky behaviors. We promise our kids a great future by not only keeping them safely off the streets but by giving them opportunities that can change their lives.
A trained caring staff implements proven youth development strategies and creates a supportive environment for youth ages 5-18.
Through our program, we enable our youth to reach their full potential as healthy productive adults. Our programs are the heart of our promise for the future. They engage young people in activities with adults, peers, and family members that enable them to learn powerful life skills and introduce them to new experiences. Based on the interests and needs of the disadvantaged boys and girls we serve, our Clubs offer diverse program activities in the following areas.
1717 45th Ave
Meridian, MS 39307
BGCEMS has a variety of ways that you can contribute to our efforts. For more information contact us: (601) 482-2544
Torch Club is a “club within the Club,” helping to meet the special character-development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life.
A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which young people develop and strengthen their 21st-century leadership skills, giving them a firm foundation of good character and integrity. Torch Club members elect officers and work together to implement projects in the four focus areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation.
SMART Moves uses a team approach that involves Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives.
Young people ages 6 to 15 engage in discussion and role-playing, practicing resilience and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal is to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.
Our Boys & Girls Club setting is an ideal environment for promoting healthy eating habits and physical activity. During our afterschool program, the Club provides healthy snacks and supper for all children and youth with loads of physical activities. In the summer months, we provide two USDA approved meals with snacks.
Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity, and improving overall well-being. The program, for ages 6 to 15, is the main component of Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body, and Soul.
SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education, and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls in three age groups, spanning ages 8 to 18. Through dynamic sessions, participatory activities, field trips, and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care, and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.
The CS Pathway is designed to guide members through a series of increasingly challenging activities, including:
Junior Staff assists Club members ages 13 to 18 in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work. Young people prepare for future roles as human services professionals by participating in career development activities, discovering the importance of community service, building customer service skills, and completing a Club apprenticeship. The program develops Club members’ interpersonal skills, work ethic, and sense of community responsibility.
Young adults in the U.S. today are facing a perfect storm of personal and social pressures that can compromise their financial well-being: record lows in savings, record highs in student and consumer debt, increasing living costs, and uncertain employment prospects. Money Matters helps young people learn financial literacy, so they can make good financial choices as adults. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses, and pay for college. Teens who complete Money Matters show improved financial management skills, including saving money and sticking to a budget.
BGCEMS is committed to ensuring that America's youth graduate from high school on time with a plan for the future. That's why we launched Summer Brain Gain - a summer learning loss prevention program developed specifically for Boys & Girls Clubs to integrate into their traditional summer schedule.
Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership, and positive behavior. Each participant receives a “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. Each of the program’s 14 sessions uses interactive activities to focus on a specific aspect of character and manhood. It also includes a service project where boys learn the importance of giving back to the community.
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count helps Club members achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring, and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners.
Designed specifically to help kids and teens with homework, this program is available after school at Clubs. Dedicated youth development professionals and volunteers supervise each session and help youth members complete their assignments for the day. When they finish their work, they may choose to participate in a variety of other engaging and educational activities to develop their skills even further.
Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body, and Soul is a BGCEMS proven health and wellness program Triple Play has made more than 14.4 million connections with kids and teens, promoting the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition through the program’s three components: mind, body, and soul.
Jim Clark joined Boys & Girls Clubs of America as president and CEO in January 2012. He leads a network of more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs that serve some 4 million young people annually in all 50 states, in large cities and small towns, in public housing and on Native lands, and on U.S. military installations across the globe. More than 50,000 professional staff members operate the Clubs, supported by some 285,000 board and program volunteers.
Jim has guided the organization through the launch of an exciting new strategic direction, the Great Futures Impact Plan. Under his leadership, Clubs are increasing their impact on the young people they serve by focusing on three priority outcome areas – Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.
To ensure BGCA provides the best possible service to Clubs, Jim has spearheaded a major restructuring of the national organization. He has introduced innovative programming that supports the three outcome areas in ways that are fun and engaging – such as state-of-the-art STEM initiatives, and Brain Gain, a program to combat summer learning loss.
Under his leadership, BGCA is also emphasizing services to Clubs in key areas such as child protection and safety, executive and board development, increasing attendance at Clubs, boosting high school graduation rates, and fighting childhood obesity.
Before joining BGCA, Jim spent eight years as president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, one of the nation’s strongest Club organizations. He lives in Atlanta, the home of BGCA’s national headquarters, with his wife, Samantha, and their two sons.