For Parents

For Parents of SYI 2015 Participants: CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

Dear Parents,SYI 2013 picnic

The Summer Youth Institute experience is an opportunity to contribute greatly to your student’s future success in every area of life.

As a Summer Youth Institute attendee, your child will learn ways to develop his or her values, skills, and knowledge. This growth will be made possible by learning Mississippi’s civil rights history, by having powerful discussions with other students and counselors, and by living for nine days in a rich collegiate atmosphere.

Your job doesn’t stop by encouraging your daughter or son to apply for SYI, however. As your daughter or son applies, becomes accepted, and attends the Institute, she/he will need all of your dedication and support. By combining our efforts and our attention, we can make this experience exceptional for your daughter or son.

On the first day of SYI, we have a mandatory orientation meeting for parents and/or mentors. This orients you to what SYI is about and helps you support your youth. On the final day of the Institute, participants present what they accomplished over the week and what they hope to bring back to their communities at a ceremony. We hope you will plan to join us at the ceremony for lunch and the student presentations.

The Summer Youth Institute is highly selective, and we are unfortunately able to accept a small fraction of applicants. If your child is not one of those, we hope you will stay in touch with the Winter Institute and that your child will become involved in our other youth programs that take place throughout the school year.

Thank you very much for your interest in the Summer Youth Institute. We hope to see you in June!


The Winter Institute family

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