JDC Mayors’ Youth Council attends annual summit at Ole Miss

Published 10:01 am Wednesday, March 1, 2023

The Mississippi Municipal League (MML) presented the 15th Annual Youth Leadership Summit Feb. 24 – 25, at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Over 275 high school students and youth advisors traveled to Oxford for the event. There was a Welcome Reception Friday night and the youth a attended informative sessions such as: Against the Grain: Nourishing your mind, body and relationships; The Dos and Don’ts of High School; Timeline to College Planning and Servant Leadership in the State of Mississippi on Saturday. Several of the group members participated in other activities such as Thinkfast Interactive trivia game.

The purpose of the Summit is to bring city officials and youth together to share their experiences of their programs and the impact made on the community. In addition, it establishes a forum where youth can interact and discuss issues and concerns that are important to them. As a result, the Summit has been organized to promote a fun environment for youth and city officials to learn and network with each other.

“The Summit is a great opportunity to network with other kids and officials with informative classes” said Bassfield Mayor Angie Ladner. Ladner says this was a great group and they are eager to do more programs and activities in the community.

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“The kids are our future and we plan on investing in them as much as we can.  We definitely have some future leaders that will made a huge impact in life.”

Youth in attendance were Zarria Adams, Chrystiona Magee, Ja’Mya Reese, Caycee Wilson, Ta’Lyric Bryant, Kamora Hawthorn, Ja’Miracle Walker, Morgan Barnes, Antwone Peters, Tyson McLaurin, Kori Dotson, Tyla Johnson, Colby Morgan, Kameron Brown and Eric Bridges.

“I’m glad they have the opportunity to experience campuses around the state and be able to meet other students from all corners of the state looking to be a difference in their communities as well,” said Prentiss Mayor Charley Dumas.

Donations for the trip were given by the JDCHS Band Director and Tom Moore with MGO. JDC Economic Development Director Gary Bass designed and donated matching hoodies for the group to wear and Kim Shorts Rhodes and Harold Rhodes for provided transportation.