OWBGC


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500 Knox Road
Kosciusko, MS 39090

(662) 289-4252


The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is ever-striving towards its mission, “To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

Some highlights:

  • Background & History

    In September 2006, the doors were opened on the 32,000-square foot home of the Oprah Winfrey Boys & Girls Club of Kosciusko/Attala County (OWBGC). Made possible by the generous efforts of Winfrey, a Kosciusko native, and her foundation, the center provides a safe, structured, and positive environment for young people.

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    Roughly 330 area youths were enrolled in the club’s after school and summer camp programs in the 2014 calendar year, with community outreach totaling about 725. Aligned with the BGCA, programs largely fall under one of five core areas: Education & Career; The Arts; Character & Leadership; Health & Life Skills; Sports, Fitness, & Recreation.

  • Academics

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    Percentage of member youths who earned A/B honor roll selection at their respective schools, placing them in the OWBGC’s Academic Recognition Club.


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    Graduation rate of OWBGC member youths in 2014.

  • Programs

    • A multitude of programs, including daily Power Hour study sessions with learning professionals; Money Matters, which promotes financial responsibility and independence to club members aged 13 to 18; and Diplomas 2 Degrees (d2D), which aims to instill college readiness.

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    • The Culinary Arts Program, created by Art Smith, Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef. Through the program, young people are educated on the importance of nutrition, physical well-being, and appreciation of diversity through the food and art of different cultures. The program also promotes physical fitness and culture through classes in yoga, capoeira (Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, music, and acrobatics), tai chi, and African dance.
    • Annually select a teen for the title of Youth of the Year. Held throughout the BGCA network, the award is bestowed to a teen who embodies the values of leadership service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles.

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