June Crow wins National Award for work with Boys & Girls Club

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,

When June Crow started doing some part-time accounting work for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta, in 2006, she never realized the impact her efforts would make to hundreds of children over a decade later. 

Now currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the organization, she has earned numerous awards, the most recent one being accepted just over a week ago at the BGCA National Conference in San Diego, California.

June's first job included the tasks of creating accurate charts of accounts, balancing the books, and creating financial reports, all of which were used to administer grants and other donations received to help fund programs for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta.

"The task of putting all the financial controls in place quickly grew into a full-time job as additional grants and funding for new club sites continued to be added," said Crow. "We have seen a lot of growth and changes since 2006."

The Club Unit in Yazoo City was added in 2007, and is operated under the umbrella of the BGC Mississippi Delta along with other local units, including Batesville, Clarksdale, Greenwood, Greenville, Grenada, Jonestown, Lexington, Itta Bena, and Tunica.

"We now serve up to 1,000 youth members each day in 8 counties in the Mississippi Delta, and that number increases dramatically during the summer months," said Crow, "We recently entered into a management agreement with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Mississippi with an additional four clubhouses."

Crow says that over the years she has been involved with partnerships with other programs such as Save the Children Literacy Programs, Cal Ripkin Sr. Foundation mentoring programs, and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers through the Mississippi Department of Education.

"We were able to work with the Office of Juvenile Justice Programs to open clubs in public housing sites," said Crow, "We have worked with various community organizations to provide programs in the arts, drama, wood working, and mechanics."

In 2016, Crow took on the additional role of working with The Mississippi Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs to assist in financial management for grants that are awarded from the MS Department of Human Services through 7 TANF, Title V Abstinence, and Community Youth Career Development.

"This has given me another perspective of the massive partnership and trust the State has placed in the Boys and Girls Clubs throughout Mississippi," Crow said.

Crows increased dedication to The Boys and Girls Clubs has led her to win multiple awards.  In May 2011 she received a National Professional Service Award, and in December 2015 she received the National Service to Youth Award, both from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

The awards kept coming in 2017 when she won the Mississippi Professional of the Year in August, and again in February 2018 she received the Southeast Regions Recognition Award for Administrative Staff of the Year for Enhancing the Profession of Boys and Girls Clubs work through Dedication, Leadership, and Vision.

Crow's most recent accomplishment came early in May when she attended the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's National Conference in San Diego, California.  There, she received the National Professional Staff of the Year Award, an honor in which only five people were nominated for across the United States.

"To be selected as the recipient of this recognition out of all these talented professionals is pretty humbling and unexpected," said Crow. "It's an honor to be recognized among them."

Crow said that she is thankful for the community's support of the club in Yazoo City, and that the members of the local advisory board work tirelessly to support them.

"We can always use more volunteers and mentors," said Crow. "If someone has a talent or a special interest we would love to talk with you about how you can be a part of this great work."

Crow gave special thanks to her daughter Heather Ryan, for introducing her to the organization, and her husband, Johnny Crow, for always being there when she needed help making repairs and doing other work with the club.  She also mentioned her current and former Boys and Girls Club colleagues, Clyde McGuire, David Dallas, and Jeremy Deming, each of whom offered their knowledge, support, and encouragement to her over the years.

The Boys and Girls Club of Yazoo City is currently enrolling students for the 7-week summer program session, starting on June 4, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  For more information about enrollment, volunteering, or to become a member of the advisory board, call Unit Director Holsey Nelson at 662-998-2291.