The Devastating Effects of Food Insecurity on Children

Food insecurity is the lack of reliable access to necessary amounts of affordable, nutritious food, and is often a result of poverty. When individuals are food insecure, they don’t get all of the food and nutrients they need every day to live an active, healthy life, which can lead to other issues like health problems.

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Why It’s Important to Teach Kids About Money

Money is something that nearly everyone deals with on a daily basis. It’s how we pay for the things we need—like food, housing, transportation, and more. But, things can often be confusing when it comes to money. That’s why it’s essential to start teaching children about money from an early age. In this article, we’ll explain why teaching kids about money is so important and some of the best ways to do it.

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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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