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BancorpSouth contributes $100,000 to Youth Villages

Oct 1, 2019


TUPELO, Miss. September 26 , 2019 – BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE: BXS) today announced a $100,000 contribution to support Youth Villages and its programs that impact the lives of young people in Tupelo, Mississippi and the surrounding areas.

The contribution underscores BancorpSouth and BXS Insurance’s unwavering dedication to making a difference in its communities and will assist Youth Villages with its efforts to help children and their families live successfully.

“We’re proud to support Youth Villages’ work to improve the outcomes for children struggling with trauma and serious emotional and behavioral problems,” said Leighton Gibens, President – Tupelo, Mississippi Market for BancorpSouth. “Its programs put youth on a path to healthier and happier lives.”

Youth Villages provides services nationwide to young people with a wide range of emotional, mental and behavioral problems and who are currently in or at risk of being placed in the foster care system. According to Youth Villages, 86 percent of the youth it serves are able to live at home with their families or independently a year after leaving care.

“We are so grateful that Bancorp South chose to invest in the important work that we provide to communities in Mississippi,” said Richard Shaw, chief development officer for Youth Villages. “The funds will be used to support the expansion of our mission to help families live successfully.”

Youth Villages’ Tupelo office offers the organization’s MYPAC and LifeSet programs for area families. MYPAC (Mississippi Youth Programs Around the Clock) provides home-based, intensive services and assistance to children and their families. LifeSet helps young adults leaving the foster care, juvenile and mental health systems successfully transition to adulthood. Since 1996, the organization has served more than 5,300 individuals in Mississippi.

The bank is participating in The Children’s Promise Act, which offers a dollar-for-dollar Mississippi tax credit to individuals and businesses for donations to eligible charitable organizations. Through The Children’s Promise Act, BancorpSouth is making contributions of approximately $400,000 to eligible charitable organizations in Mississippi this year.

About BancorpSouth Bank
BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE: BXS) is headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi, with approximately $19 billion in assets. BancorpSouth operates approximately 295 full-service branch locations as well as additional mortgage, insurance, and loan production offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas, including an insurance location in Illinois.  BancorpSouth is committed to a culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion in both its workplace and communities. To learn more, visit our Community Commitment page at; “Like” us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter @MyBXS; or connect with us through LinkedIn.

About Youth Villages
Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health committed to building strong families, delivering effective services and significantly improving outcomes for child welfare systems across the country. Founded in 1986, the organization’s 3,000-plus employees help more than 30,000 children annually in 20 states across the U.S. The organization has been recognized by the Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. Learn more at