The AwesomeWall 2016

Our 2016 Summer Youth Institute Participants:

Saadman (Saad) Alamgir, Asher Altman, D’Quarias (DQ) Anderson, Skyler Angus-Barker, Katie Ayers, Daley Bell, Jamai Boler, Cortnei Brown, Kenytta Brown, David Caddle, Kaisha Colston, Jake Ellzey, Celeste (Cowley) Garrett, Edith Marie Green, Myeisha Horne, Avery Jackson, Nikyra Jenkins, Drew Jones, Serenity Kate, Avery Lyons, Yujaira Minton, Hannah Pitalo, Mary Ruth Pridmore, Jaylin Smith, Brian Townsend, Caitlin Williams, Shontonia (Shon) Willis

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Saadman (Saad) Alamgir, Madison Central High, Madison, 10th grade | Arrive Alive, Don’t Reply: Information and engagement campaign to educate students on the dangers of cellphone use, specifically texting while driving. David Caddle, Saint Andrews Episcopal, Jackson, 10th grade | Jackson Blooms: To provide a model for healthy lifestyle and nutritional options through the development of a community fruit and vegetable garden and the sharing of its produce. Jaylin Smith, Greenwood High, Greenwood, 11th grade | Determined Exceptional Leaders Thriving Ahead (D.E.L.T.A.): Youth development and engagement project designed to equip and challenge Mississippi Delta youth to create positive changes in their communities. Jake Ellzey, Gulfport High, Gulfport, 10th grade | The Great Trash Race: Effort to encourage clean up, recycling, and better care for the Gulfport High School and band community through competition between band sections. Hannah Pitalo, Our Lady Academy, Bay St. Louis High, 10th grade | Project Bay St. Louis: Development of a youth community service group that unites local high schools in service to the Bay St. Louis area. Avery Lyons, Bay High, Bay St. Louis, 10th grade | Development of a youth community service group that unites local high schools in service to the Bay St. Louis area. Daley Bell, Bay High, Bay St. Louis, 11th grade | Development of a youth community service group that unites local high schools in service to the Bay St. Louis area. D’Quarias (DQ) Anderson, Yazoo City High, Yazoo City, 10th grade | Drive; Don’t Reply: Program to build a coalition of youth and organizations through school advertising and announcements and community posters to curb the frequency of accidents caused by distracted driving. Nikyra Jenkins, Coffeeville High, Oakland, 11th grade | Helping Youth Succeed (HYS): HYS aims to provide mentoring, academic tutoring, and leadership development to youth in the Coffeeville community. Caitlin Williams, Lafayette County High, Oxford, 11th grade | Loving, Open-minded, Vibrant, Equip Community (L.O.V.E. Community): A program to create positive change agents, safe spaces, and encourage individual expression in the Lafayette High School community. Kaisha Colston, Ocean Springs High, Ocean Springs, 11th grade | Coastal Kids: Youth leadership organization created for youth of the Gulf Coast to explore and share their ancestral and community histories with each other’s and the larger community. Myeisha Horne, Gulfport High, Gulfport, 10th grade | Coastal Kids: Youth leadership organization created for youth of the Gulf Coast to explore and share their ancestral and community histories with each other’s and the larger community. Skyler Angus-Barker, Ocean Springs High, Ocean Springs, 11th grade | Freedom’s Calling! : Writing and development of a musical theatrical production about the Civil Rights Movement, combining the arts of song, rap, and dance into one to educate and inspire. Yujaira Minton, Gentry High, Indianola, 11th grade | Teenage Pregnancy, Diseases, and Protection (TPDP): Program to help teens make healthier choices, recognize the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases, and decrease teenage pregnancies. Celeste (Cowley) Garrett, Philadelphia High, Philadelphia, 10th grade | Kicks for Cancer: 5K race, program, and festivities designed to raise knowledge levels and awareness of cancer in Philadelphia and Neshoba County and to support local survivors. Jamai Boler, Philadelphia High, Philadelphia, 11th grade | Kicks for Cancer: 5K race, program, and festivities designed to raise knowledge levels and awareness of cancer in Philadelphia and Neshoba County and to support local survivors. Kenyatta Brown, Lanier High, Jackson, 11th grade | Malcolm X Community Center Project: Plan to renovate an existing building to transform it into a center for academic tutoring and safe social interaction in the Jackson. Edith Marie Green, Oxford High, Oxford, 10th grade | Project Hope: Combating bullying and self-hate on the front lines through creating a support group, reporting processes, and resources for Oxford High students struggling with depression and bullying. Serenity Kate, McComb High, McComb, 11th grade | Project U: A support group to help McComb youth realize their potential through leadership development, academic skills training, and community building. Drew Jones, Ocean Springs High, Ocean Springs, 11th grade | Super Saturdays: Project to create Saturday social gatherings for youth full of engaging activities and as an constructive alternative to spaces that encourage drug and alcohol abuse in and around Ocean Springs. Katie Ayers, Gulfport High, Gulfport, 10th grade | Cleaning Up the Coast: Volunteer organization that aims to engage youth in trash collection and recycling to keep Gulfport and Ocean Springs’ beaches clean. Asher Altman, Ocean Springs High, Ocean Springs, 10th grade | Cleaning Up the Coast: Volunteer organization that aims to engage youth in trash collection and recycling to keep Gulfport and Ocean Springs’ beaches clean. Cortnei Brown, Grenada High, Grenada, 11th grade | Sisters With A Purpose (S.W.A.P.): Peer mentoring group created to help adolescent girls who feel socially ostracized or who desire to build self-confidence and awareness. Shontonia (Shon) Willis, Southeast Lauderdale High, Meridian, 10th grade | Educating Youth on Black History (E.Y.B.H.): Initiative designed to increase the awareness and knowledge of both youth and adults about unsung African-Americans who made significant contributions in history through various types of forums, meetings, and print and social media. Mary Ruth Pridmore, Poplarville High, Poplarville, 10th grade | Reading to Expand Acceleration & Dedication in School (R.E.A.D.S.): A project to use tutoring, support groups, and positive reinforcement to help high school students improve their achievement levels. Avery Jackson, Leflore County High, Itta Bena, 10th grade | Community Clean Up: Initiative undertaken to rally community churches and other organizations to perform seasonal community clean ups to make the Itta Bena more welcoming and attractive. Brian Townsend, Murrah High, Jackson, 11th grade | Jackson Youth Mentorship: A mentorship program for Jackson area youth ages 7-11 to be paired with members of the Mayor’s Youth Council to help provide academic tutoring and role models.

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