Mississippi is last when we should be first and first when we should be last.

Where We're Last

Educational achievement

Healthcare per capita

Adults with a high school diploma

Median household income

Life expectancy

Where We’re First

Teen birth rate


Number of people incarcerated

Number of children living in poverty

Infant mortality


We are dedicated to making the students of Mississippi second to none.

Today’s students not only must measure up to their hometown peers; they must also compete against students across the state, the country, and the world. Mississippi can no longer afford to settle for almost good enough.

Mississippi First works to increase educational achievement and graduation rates, decrease the achievement gap, and improve teen health. The mission of Mississippi First is to champion transformative policy solutions ensuring educational excellence for every Mississippi child.