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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast welcome new chief executive

Keva Scott is the new Chief Executive Officer (Photo Source: WLOX News) Keva Scott is the new Chief Executive Officer (Photo Source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Changing lives is how the The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast new chief executive officer described her position. On the job for just over a week, Keva Scott sat down with WLOX to talk about her goals, challenges and hopes for an organization set to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

"I've held every position inside a Boys and Girls Club," said Scott.

Growing up in Mobile, Scott said bringing her experience to the Mississippi Coast is like coming home. She's hit the ground running and wants to spread the message of what the Boys and Girls Club does with an increased marketing campaign.

"I would like to be somewhere and folks know exactly what the club is," said Scott. "Kids are saying they're a member of the Boys and Girls Club and the community is excited. They know when a young person goes into the Boys and Girls Club, any on the Gulf Coast that they're going into quality places."

One of the ways Scott would like to see kids in the club learning about a variety of issues is with the use of mentors who are in high school.

"When it's time to get off the bus at home, they don't go home, they come into the club," said Scott. "They come into the club to volunteer in the classroom, to serve in our junior staff program, to do homework with our young people."

Scott explained she would like to work hand in hand with schools to help children receive the most positive impact. Also, trading help with other organizations is part of her plan.

"Finding out who are those agencies that we need to partner with that do it just as well as we do and some that do it better than we do and partnering with them. Agencies that are looking for a place to be, we have the brick and mortar, they have solid programming, that's a great partnership for us to be able to come together and do something wonderful for kids."

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast welcome 800 to 1,000 kids a day. Scott said up to 1,200 could be served.

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