2015-2016 Message from Leadership

This year was another monumental year for Mississippi First! Our teen health work received a huge boost when we received our first $3M five-year grant for the Focused Pregnancy Prevention for Mississippi Teens (Focus4Teens) project from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionā€™s Division of Reproductive Health. This grant is for work in Tunica, Quitman, and Coahoma Counties where we have increased our partnerships exponentially and have engaged over 800 youth. This expansion in our teen health work allowed us to open our second office in Clarksdale. If you are in the Delta, be sure to stop in!

In our education work, we continued to advocate for high-quality, state-funded pre-K, and during an extremely tough legislative session, we were able to increase state funding to $4M. During the 2015-2016 school year, the program funded 1,730 pre-K seats or 10% of publicly funded pre-K seats statewide. We hope that by the end of 2018, at least 15% of 4-year-olds in Mississippi will be in full-time, no-cost or low-cost, high-quality pre-K seats. Furthermore, there are now 3 public charter schools in Jackson. This year, we were able to make tweaks to the charter law that we hope will enable charter schools to open in rural areas in Mississippi. We are now working hard to provide resources and assistance to open the first charter school in the Mississippi Delta, which could have an awesome impact on educational opportunity in the Delta.

To view our entireĀ 2016 MSF Annual Report click here.

For a PDF version of the 2015 MSF Annual Report click here.

For a PDF version of the 2014 MSF Annual Report click here.