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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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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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Healthy Babies in the Mississippi Delta

The statistics are sobering: Mississippi’s infant mortality rate remains high at a rate of 9.4 per 1,000 live births, with a rise in unexplained and sleep-related deaths including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and accidental suffocations associated with unsafe sleep environments. The rate of SIDS in Mississippi is 27 percent higher among non-white residents. Losing a
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Early Childhood Education in the Delta

A simple greeting can mean the difference between a good day and bad one, and Kenya Raymond wants every day to be good. “It’s important to know how a person wants to be greeted, both parents and children,” said Raymond, an Early Head Start Child Care Partnership instructor from Moorhead. “It’s all part of interacting
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College Day in the Delta

Tyrese Sutton understands that life is full of mistakes. Making them is easy, he explained. Overcoming them requires an ability that many people lack. “The ability to listen. The ability to hear what your teacher is telling you in high school and learning by your mistakes,” said the 17-year-old senior from Simmons Junior-Senior High School
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Gardening in Indianola

  The fruits of hard work take know-how to grow. The roots of that fruit, however, lie deep within a community. Ryan Betz and Marilyn James represent the best of both of those necessary ingredients. Betz is a gardener and project coordinator for the Delta Health Alliance, who just completed a three-week professional certification program
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Delta Health Alliance Receives $900,000 Grant to Provide Mental Health Services in the Delta

Delta Health Alliance has received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration, to significantly expand the mental health and behavioral health services it provides to patients in Sunflower and Washington Counties. According to Dr. Karen Matthews, Delta Health Alliance CEO, “Untreated mental health problems
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Girl Scouts Comes Alive in Indianola

Hiking, gardening, community service… and cookies. Don’t forget the cookies. “Those things make me want to be a girl scout,” said Tiana Minton, a 10-year-old Carver Elementary School student. “I really like it that the Girl Scouts do things to help our community. The things I learn, I can use the rest of my life.”
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A Place for Parents in Leland

  In her more than 70 years as a Leland resident, Mary Boteler has witnessed the ebbs and flows of her small Delta community. In that time, she has concluded that success is a partnership that begins and ends with families. “The only way we can make a difference is to start in the homes,”
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Fatherhood, Basketball, and Men’s Health in the Delta

“Fathers are such an important piece of the fabric that makes up a healthy family system.” That’s Tracy Mims, and he’s recruiting men to join a special fatherhood initiative of Delta Health Alliance. Last month, he held a men’s health fair on the campus of Mississippi Valley State University, which included screenings for blood pressure,
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