STEM Grant Awarded to Mississippi Boys & Girls Clubs

The Mississippi Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) today announced a $45,000 STEM Talent Pipeline educational grant from PhRMA to support STEM programs at eight Mississippi Boys & Girls Clubs.

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What Is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)?

As civil rights concerns have risen to the fore of social consciousness in recent years, the term “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) has become more and more frequently used. However, there can often be confusion about what this term means and what it looks like. So how do we define diversity, equity, and inclusion?

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How the Lack of Internet Access Affects Children

Families who can’t afford private internet access must drive to coffee shops, libraries, and other public places with Wi-Fi to use the internet. At best, this wastes valuable time and fuel; some locations can be noisy and distracting, making it harder for students to concentrate. At worst, venturing into public spaces for prolonged periods of time can leave unvaccinated students vulnerable to the risk of COVID-19 infection.

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The Benefits of Physical Activity for Children

Being physically active is part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone, but it’s incredibly important for children. Childhood is a time of growth and development, and getting the proper amount of exercise plays a vital role in making sure kids remain healthy. It’s recommended that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day in order to receive many of the benefits.

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The Importance of Mental Health for Kids

In recent years, mental health has been a key topic and focal point in an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding talking about how we feel and asking for help. Part of that conversation is making sure that we talk about everyone’s mental health, regardless of age, race, gender, or anything else. It’s critical that mental health remains a central focus now and moving forward into the future. That’s why teaching kids about mental health should be a top priority.

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Why Creative Arts Are So Important for Kids

Many parents introduce creative arts to their children as a way to have fun and play. 

While creative arts like painting, drawing, sculpting, and building do offer fun ways for children to play, they also provide many other benefits, especially in early childhood. Even better, there are numerous creative art ideas and activities for kids, so you can ensure that your child always has something fun to keep them entertained and growing.

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Meet Ricky & Lane of Yazoo City

Ricky is a very quiet young man. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, every time I did home visits I would ask about Ricky.  The BGC Yazoo Club has 4 out of the 6 children in this family. Destiny who is five can start coming in October. Jamar who just turned 3 will be able to come in less than 3 years. Ricky is their uncle.   

When Covid hit in March 2020, I was doing a home visit which we also call "Wellness Checks". Members missed the snacks from the Club. During their next visit, I bought them some healthy snacks. Their mom works at Nissan in Canton and their dad is a “jack of all trade” working a variety of jobs.

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The Benefits of of After School Programs

This fall, children are returning to schools for in-person learning for the first time in a year and a half. That means parents around the country must once again figure out care for their kids after school lets out every day. For some, this means having family members watch children, hiring a nanny or babysitter, or taking off work early to pick your child up yourself. Not everyone has the flexibility, time, or money for some of these options, but afterschool programs provide a safe, convenient alternative that is beneficial for both you and your child. Here are some of the benefits of afterschool programs:

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The 9 Things That Should Be On Your Back-to-School Supplies List!

Each year, August brings the end of summer vacation and a return to school for students all across the country. While returning to school is a normal occurrence, this year it is more significant because it marks the first time that most students will be returning to in-person learning at school in over a year. This means they get to see their favorite teachers, their friends, and interact with other students every day. It also means that students will need some new supplies as they head back to the classroom. Here are 9 things that should be on your back-to-school supplies list:

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What Is Common Core Math?

As school starts back up, it’s time for one of the most dreaded things throughout all of childhood: homework. Many students require additional help from their parents or guardians in order to complete their homework outside of the classroom, but what happens when those who are helping students are confused as well? This has been happening more and more as states have adopted the Common Core State Standards Initiative as part of their academic curriculum.

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