Oprah Winfrey Boys & Girls Club of Kosciusko/Attala County
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.Type your paragraph here. 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.
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.your paragraph here.
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.
Our promise to Mississippi’s youth is to provide a safe, positive place and have a significant impact on their lives. Our promise is to uphold strong ethical standards in all areas especially in overseeing our finances, reporting data on membership and community outreach, being good stewards of the donor dollar and representing ourselves to the public.
Clubs are open each day after school from 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Research has shown that during this time of day, children are most vulnerable to gangs, violence and risky behaviors. We promise our kids a great future by not only keeping them safe off the streets, but by giving them opportunities that can change their lives.
A trained caring staff implements proven youth development strategies and creates a supporting environment for youth ages 5-18.
Through our program, we enable our youth to reach their full potential as healthy productive adults. Our programs are the heart of our promise for the future. They engage young people in activities with adults, peers and family members that enable them to learn powerful life skills and introduce them to new experiences. Based on the interests and needs of the disadvantaged boys and girls we serve, our Clubs offer diverse program activities in the following areas.