Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi | FamiliesFirst for MS


Families First for Mississippi is expanding Governor Bryant’s Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi initiative throughout the State to include educational and innovative programs on healthy choices to engage teens. Families First is working diligently to promote healthy choices amongst teens, which impacts many of the leading challenges within the state of Mississippi.  The vision of the partnership between Families First and Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi is to promote healthy choices across a variety of areas that highly impact the health and future success of youth by providing parents with education and training, motivating teens to set goals and teach teens to choose responsible choices in their everyday lives.  


“We want to equip our youth with the tools they need to make positive choices so they can live long, healthy lives. We need more advocates, like Families First for Mississippi, supporting our initiative to help teens stay in school and lead successful careers. This partnership is key to building a better future for the next generation of state leaders.”

                                                                                                                 -First Lady Deborah Bryant


Families First for MS created C.H.A.T. (Choosing Healthy Alternatives for Teens) to engage teens in the conversation surrounding teen pregnancy. The C.H.A.T. program allows teens and parents the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings concerning the wide variety of challenges they face. The program is peer-driven and promotes healthy dialogues while incorporating facts as well as classes for parents to provide support and develop tools for having conversations with their children.


MONTHLY CAMPAIGNS                           

  • August: Back to School Kick-Off                                                     

  • September: Suicide Awareness                               

  • October: Bullying Prevention                                                       

  • November: Fun & Fitness                                                             

  • December:  Giving Back                                            

  • January: "This Year I Will"                                                                 

  • February: Teen Dating Violence Awareness          

  • March: Kick Butt's Day



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Claire Goodson | cgoodson@frcnms.org662.844.0013


North Region Coordinator

Dierdre Berry | | 662.844.0013

Central Region Coordinator

Jalisa Wilson | | 601.366.6405

South Region Coordinator

Jennifer Culpepper | | 601.255.7510

© FFFM is a service provided by Mississippi Community Education Center & Family Resource Center of North Mississippi

Mississippi Community Education Center

2525 Lakeward Dr. Suite 200

Jackson, Mississippi 39216

O: (601) 366-6405

Family Resource Center of North Mississippi

425 Magazine St.

Tupelo, MS 38804

O: (662) 844-0013

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Families First For Mississippi does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, or age in the administration of any of its programs or in the employment of any staff.