Our organization began as little more than a conversation between a few people on the Delta State University & Mississippi Valley State University campuses, former Attorney General Mike Moore, key members from his staff, and a couple MS Delta stakeholders. From this conversation we initially opened Clubs in Clarksdale, Cleveland, Itta Bena, & Tunica. New Clubs & Extensions were quickly added in Dundee, Hernando, Robinsonville, Southaven, & White Oak. In 2006-2008 funding and needs began to shift Clubs and Clubs & Extensions were chartered in Grenada (2004) and BGCMSD merged with the Yazoo County Board to open a Club in Yazoo City (2007). In 2007-2010, BGCMSD operated Clubs on Public Housing Sites in Belzoni, Charleston, Drew, Indianola, & Winona.
Economies of scale necessitated BGCMSD to merge with the Leflore & Panola County organizations, 2015 & 2018 respectively, to more efficiently oversee operations at the Greenwood and the Batesville Clubs. Both of these Clubs are among these oldest in Mississippi and we are humbled to have the opportunity to carry on the tradition of providing Boys & Girls Clubs programs & services to their youth.
Today we serve 5,500 youth (at 9 Clubs in 7 counties) through membership and community outreach, helping them grow into healthy, productive, successful young people prepared to achieve great futures.
Our Movement's Great Past
Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 with three women in Hartford, Connecticut - Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. With character development as the cornerstone of the experience, the Club focused on capturing boys interests, improving their behavior and increasing their personal expectations and goals. A cause was born.