The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta seeks to provide a positive environment, quality programs, and lifelong learning skills for all school age youth in six Mississippi counties: Coahoma, Leflore, Grenada, Holmes, Tunica, and Yazoo, with special concern for those coming from disadvantaged circumstances.
Instead of walking the streets or being home alone, youth come to the Club where trained professionals provide: a safe environment for kids to have fun and be themselves; constructive programs that channel youthful energy into challenging pursuits; and supportive relationships that help build young people’s self-esteem.
"To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens."
The start of Boys’ Clubs can be traced back to the mid-1800s in the industrial cities of the Northeast. In 1860 came the first effort to provide structured, daily, out-of-school activities for disadvantaged boys with the founding of the Dashaway Club in Hartford, Connecticut.
By the end of the 1890s, the Boys’ Club Movement extended from coast-to-coast; and in 1906, 53 Club organizations were in full operation. Through their efforts, the formal incorporation of the Federated Boys’ Clubs occurred in Boston. With the establishment of the national organization, the Movement continued to grow.
In 1931 the word “Federated” was dropped, and the name became Boys’ Clubs of America. In 1990 the organization changed its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and officially admitted girls into membership.
Boys & Girls Clubs have grown tremendously since 1906, changing and saving young lives; providing hope and opportunity for the young people who need it most. Today, approximately 4,300 Clubs serve around 4.8 million young people through Club membership and community outreach.
Known as The Positive Place for Kids, Boys & Girls Clubs can be found all across the country and on U.S. military bases throughout the world. Clubs provide young people with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff.
In communities large and small, Clubs positively impact lives and help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens.
For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, visit www.bgca.org.
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