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Mayor's Youth Initiative
Mayor's Youth Initiative and Safe Neighborhoods
The Mayor’s Youth Initiative (MYI) is designed to enhance and promote the healthy, comprehensive development of the City of Jackson’s Youth. MYI seeks to promote existing prevention programs, design and develop programs and activities that involve youth in the community, advocate on behalf of youth, involve youth in the governmental process and serve as a liaison between the city and its youth. MYI takes a holistic approach to youth development that involves the collaborative efforts of school, home, and community to be successful.

There are four primary focuses concerning the Mayor's Youth Initiative:

Mayor's Youth Council
The Mayor's Youth Council was created to serve as liaison between the youth and the city of Jackson. Keeping city government informed about the needs of youth and keeping youth informed about the actions of city government will be among its primary goals. Members of the Council were selected from area high schools, both public and private.

Mayor's Entrepreneurial Program

The Mayor's Entrepreneurial Program is designed to offer at-risk youth between the ages of 10 and 17 the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship. They will also be involved in life skills training, community service, personal mentoring, and money management.

Mayor's Safe Neighborhoods Program

The Mayor's Safe Neighborhoods Program assists with implementing the Mayor's Safety Belt Initiative and other youth and community safety initiatives.

Mayor's Summer Employment Program
The Mayor's Summer Employment Program is open to youth age 16 and above interested in learning a skill or having a rewarding and enriching summer experience.

For more information, contact us at 601-960-2174, or by fax at 601-960-219

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.