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Taking Ownership of Your Future in the Delta

Myeisha Smith has learned that every action she takes is the result of a choice, and now she’s all about making sure her choices are good ones. “I want to make the best decisions I can while I’m in high school so I can get to college and live my dreams,” said Myeisha, 16, a
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Helping Delta Students Obtain a College Degree

Ayanna Harris wants to be prepared for life’s emergencies. She wants to graduate from college with as little debt as possible. And she wants to be financially responsible in all that she undertakes. Call it a DREAM scenario. “What I’ve learned is that saving money is really, really, really important if you want to advance
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Ensuring Healthy Babies in the Delta

Sophia Young wants to be more than a number. And when it comes to pregnancy, she knows that some numbers can be life altering. In March 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 10 percent of pregnant women who gave birth in Mississippi in 2016 smoked cigarettes during pregnancy, which was about
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Getting Healthy in the Mississippi Delta

Rosalie Womack isn’t big on chairs. At 79, she finds herself in motion, lifting weights and participating in aerobic exercises. And with a little more encouragement, she might just start doing some yoga. “You can’t just sit all day long,” said Rosalie, a retired IT manager and comptroller for a company in Greenville. “I look
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Reducing Teen Pregnancy in the Delta

Jesse James Henderson will be racing to win for the next four years, and he doesn’t plan to let a lapse in judgment slow him down. Henderson is part of a new program in the Mississippi Delta aimed at reducing teen pregnancy. Called Delta Futures, the program is helping to meet the unique challenges of
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Training Workers in Sunflower County

Workforce training is much more than classes, instruction, and learning the nuts and bolts of a prospective job. No one knows that better than Todd Donald. “Maybe a student needs a place to live, assistance with housing. Or maybe that student needs to be able to put food on the table while going to classes.
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Girl Scouts Celebrate Christmas in Indianola

For every gift she gave to an elderly resident this holiday season, Savannah Nissen received a hug in return. And that’s just the way she liked it. “It’s fun and I’m learning to help older people,” said the 7-year-old Girl Scout. “They wrap their arms around us and tell us ‘thank you’ and that makes
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Delta Youth Getting Involved

Jaylen Brown has a message for high schoolers in Hollandale and Leland: “By joining the Deer Creek Youth Council, you will have a better understanding of what being a leader is and knowing what leadership truly means,” said Jaylen. “You will learn how working together and how effective communication may allow others to understand how
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Helping Victims of Domestic Violence

Thanks to a three-year, $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Delta Health Alliance has created the Delta Assault Response Team (DART) to serve victims of interpersonal violence. “Delta Health Alliance works very closely with families, and we’ve seen a high number of interpersonal violence cases – domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and
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Getting Ready for Kindergarten in Indianola

When it comes to kindergarten students in this Delta town, academic readiness has become a community affair, and the success of that effort was cause for a recent celebration. “This is what happens when everyone moves in the same direction and aligned in a way that results in success for these children,” said Josh Davis,
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