Since 1966 the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast has been a leader in youth development programming and advocacy efforts for young people from high-risk environments within our two coastal counties. Our strategic vision is to assist Gulf Coast youth to live out their greatest dreams through the development of skills and competencies and keep 100% of Club participants on track for high school graduation, with post secondary plans. We accomplish this by using technology, adult mentors, and peer accountability. We will utilize a large core of quality volunteers to assist in delivering the programs and to help youth stay on course in developing their skills, goals and plans.
Our organization was founded by Senator Tommy Gollott, Ronald Marion and Bruce Stewart along with the Biloxi Jaycees over 50 years ago. We began as the Biloxi Boys Club, teaching fifteen young boys how to box. In the fifty years that followed, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast has grown into five Clubs along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We have produce several state and regional Youth of the Year winners and the 2005 National Youth of the Year, Jarvis McInnis.
EDUCATION & CAREER DEVELOPMENT
These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement.
These initiatives develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
9th Annual Girl Talk Retreat
"Fulfilling My Purpose!"
Forest Heights Unit
December 15-16, 2017
Girl Talk is an empowering annual event where prominent women in the community come to share knowledge and wisdom with junior high and high school girls. Topics such as self-esteem, abstinence, financial literacy, team building, social media and much more are covered during this overnight retreat. Over 400 girls from Harrison, Hancock, and Forest Counties have attended the Girl Talk Retreat. As a result of participating annually many of them have gone on to become student leaders in high school and have academic scholarships in college. Don't miss this special opportunity for young women in our community, register for Girl Talk today!