MEET MYCOUNCIL MEMBER – KALLY XU

We are continuing features on our Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) members. MYCouncil is made up of 10 passionate youth activists from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. They work to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in Mississippi schools. Follow MYCouncil on Facebook.

MYCouncil 2017 Application

The 2017-2018 application process closed on June 1, 2017. We are no longer accepting MYCouncil applications.

On March 1, 2017, the Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) released their application for their 4th class of passionate youth activists. MYCouncil is made up of 10 youth from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. MYCouncil works to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in our schools. Working closely with Mississippi First’s Healthcare Training and Engagement Coordinator, council members take a grassroots approach to comprehensive sex education and other related policy issues by mobilizing youth to speak out in an effort to enact change at the local and state level. Each student serves on the youth advocacy council during the academic year (August 2017 through May 2018). DEADLINE: May 31, 2017. We will be conducting in-person interviews with applicants through Friday, June 15, 2017.

MYCouncil Goals

  • Raise awareness among youth about the need for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy prevention efforts for themselves and other young people in Mississippi
  • Advocate for comprehensive sex education in Mississippi public schools and other policy priorities
  • Empower other youth to get involved in their communities

Qualifications

  • High school or college student, age 15-24, with a passion for preventing teenage pregnancy and the transmission of STIs, including HIV/AIDS
  • Good leadership and verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Ability to respectfully work with a wide range of groups and individuals, including LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) persons; people of different cultural, religious, racial and political backgrounds; and people with disabilities

What does MYCouncil expect?

  • That you care about comprehensive sex education and preventing teen pregnancy and the transmission of STIs
  • That you will attend all trainings and meetings, including an in-state orientation in August/September 2017
  • Capitol Day at the Mississippi State Capitol in Spring 2018
  • That you will meet with legislators, school board members, and other leaders in your community to advocate for comprehensive sex education and other reproductive and sexual health/rights issues that affect young people
  • That you will work with local, state, and national media as needed
  • That you will share ideas and collaborate with other council members and the staff at Mississippi First
  • That you will help build a network of other young people interested in this work (i.e. starting a petition, forming Facebook groups, hosting education events, organizing a letter writing campaign, etc.)

What can YOU expect?

  • $100 per month from August 2017 through May 2018 ($1,000 total)
  • To meet, work with, and learn from amazing young leaders across the state
  • To gain information and skills that you will be able to capitalize on throughout your school and work careers
  • To collaborate and make connections with Mississippi First staff who care about these issues as much as you do
  • To travel and attend trainings across the state and the country
  • To share your experience and perspective
  • Hard work, excitement, and fun…all while making a difference

If you mail your application, address your application to Christopher Cox, Healthcare Training and Engagement Coordinator, Mississippi First, 125 S. Congress Street, Suite 1510, Jackson, MS 39201.

We will be conducting rolling interviews in-person through June 15, 2017, or until we have all 10 slots filled, whichever occurs first. If you have any questions about MYCouncil or about this application, please contact Christopher Cox at christopher@teenhealthms.org or call 769-208-4060.

*We strongly encourage youth of color, differently-abled, parenting or pregnant, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer, and/or immigrant youth to apply.

Meet MYCouncil Member -Jefferson Davis

We are continuing features on our Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) members. MYCouncil is made up of 10 passionate youth activists from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. They work to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in Mississippi schools. Follow MYCouncil on Facebook.

Meet MS Sex Education Training Cadre Member – Meg Hayden

The Mississippi Sex Education Training Cadre is a statewide training cadre comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience working with a variety of different populations and communities. The goal of this statewide cadre of trainers is to increase the capacity and comfort of sexual health educators throughout Mississippi, particularly in our CHART communities, so that they have the core skills and content knowledge to teach high-quality sex education.

Meet MYCouncil Member -Triuna Taylor

We are continuing features on our Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) members. MYCouncil is made up of 10 passionate youth activists from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. They work to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in Mississippi schools. Follow MYCouncil on Facebook.

Meet Teen Health Mississippi’s Emily Feher

Over the next few months, we will be running features on Teen Health Mississippi’s staff and partners. Teen Health Mississippi is the only organization that partners with young people to provide sustainable and holistic sexual health programs and services for youth in schools, clinics, and communities across the state. Visit our website.

Meet MYCouncil Member-Courtney Simmons

Over the next few months, we will be running features on our Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) members. MYCouncil is made up of 10 passionate youth activists from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. They work to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in Mississippi schools. Follow MYCouncil on Facebook.

MSF Announces Focus4Teens Counties

Mississippi First recently received a $3,072,999.75 5-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health for the Focused Pregnancy Prevention for Mississippi Teens (Focus4Teens) project. Focus4Teens will develop the capacity of health center partners through a comprehensive training and technical assistance program to provide youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services and increase the number of youth accessing and receiving these services by working with youth-serving partners. Referral systems will be developed to link vulnerable youth to care and to increase awareness of health services in the community. Mississippi First will be working with partners in Coahoma County, Quitman County, and Tunica County.

MSF Receives $3M Grant for Focus4Teens

 

Mississippi First Receives $3M Grant for Focused Pregnancy Prevention for Mississippi Teens Program

Jackson, MS—Mississippi First received a $3,072,999.75 5-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health for the Focused Pregnancy Prevention for Mississippi Teens (Focus4Teens) project. Mississippi First is one of three organizations nationally that was awarded funding for this five-year cooperative agreement (DP15-1508: Working with Publicly Funded Health Centers to Reduce Teen Pregnancy among Vulnerable Populations). Focus4Teens will expand access to and use of youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services for vulnerable youth ages 15-19 in regions in Mississippi with high teen birth rates. This grant will have a huge impact on teen health in Mississippi.

The Facts about How to Put on a Sock

Mississippi’s sex ed law, known as House Bill 999, prohibits condom demonstrations in classrooms. In 201 , Sanford Johnson, Deputy Director at Mississippi First, participated in a teacher training on the abstinence-plus curriculum Draw the Line/Respect the Line through Mississippi First’s work with CHART (Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens).