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Bridget Young-Townsend

B. Townsend.jpgDirector of Youth Initiatives

Bridget Young-Townsend, a native of Jackson, MS, spent the first part of her professional career working in telecommunications at Skytel (later MCI). She earned her Bachelors degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Mississippi College. After spending almost 11 years at Skytel, Bridget decided to make a career change and earned her Master’s of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University.

Before coming to the City of Jackson, Ms. Townsend served as Recruitment/Program Manager for Junior Achievement MS. She also worked as a contract recruiter for the Department of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) where she traveled the southeast region recruiting candidates for officer positions and training them on the federal application process. While being dedicated to her work she was equally as dedicated to education and development of her children. Making time to serve on the PTA board in several different capacities and attending the Parents for Public Schools Leadership Institute.

It was because of her dedication and hard work exemplified in working as a volunteer with the school district that she was uniquely equipped to be of service to the City of Jackson as Director of Youth Initiatives in the Mayor’s Office since 2011. During her first year she redeveloped The Mayors Youth Council (MYC), which provides a unique opportunity for young individuals to gain leadership skills through participation in governmental functions and service learning activities. The MYC consists of 20-30 students representing public, private and parochial high schools students that reside in the city of Jackson. Youth representatives learn about city government by participating in sessions facilitated by department directors, observing city council meetings, and attending youth leadership summits. They also participate in numerous community service projects throughout the year and provide recommendations to the Mayor on behalf of the city’s youth.

Ms. Townsend has developed relationships with numerous national and local organizations and foundation that offer youth services. In past years students have been involved with the Close Up Foundation, which provided youth council members the opportunity to engage in summits in Washington DC and learn knowledge they could apply to their home schools and communities. Students have also participated in the Civil and Law Summit and the Teen Safe Driving Summits held in Washington, DC. MYC actively participates in Mississippi Municipal Leagues’ youth leadership summits and teamed up with Broad Street Bakery and Salvation Army in past years for “Christmas Caroling for Kids” here in Jackson as their holiday service project. It was these type collaborations that helped Jackson, MS become a recipient of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” award in 2011 and 2012 given by America’s Promise Alliance.

As a product of Jackson Public Schools, Ms. Townsend is genuinely vested in making sure that our youth and young adults are afforded equal opportunity to succeed and be enveloped in relevant activities that promote a higher quality of life. Ms. Townsend is a founding member of Alignment Jackson – a progressive school initiative within the Jackson Public Schools district – where she serves on the Operating Board and several committees. Ms. Townsend has co-chaired the City of Jackson Back 2 School Celebration for the past 3 years; in which the City of Jackson as serviced over 12,000 kids in the city of Jackson. She also implemented the City of Jackson Talent Retention Career Fair in an effort to help recent college graduates find employment here in the City of Jackson.

Department Description

As the Director of Youth Initiatives, Ms. Townsend seeks to support the Mayor’s vision for education and youth in our city. Mayor Tony T. Yarber desires to create a holistic approach to the development and progression of our city’s youth and young adults by implementing the “I Need You To Make it” (INYTMI) initiative. The general purpose of the initiative is to foster a comprehensive method that effectively addresses key areas in which our young people need guidance and support. The INYTMI initiative is comprised of three components. Each component represents a key area of focus for the overall initiative. Those three components/key areas are:

Mind-The Education Component

Body-The Health Component

Soul-The Character Building Component

This is “Our Moment, Our Time” and we are excited to research and develop new programs that will support our young peoples success.—Bridget Townsend

Bridget Young-Townsend

200 S President St.
Jackson MS, 39201

Ph: 601-960-6434
Fx: 601-960-2193


Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.