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PRESS RELEASES AND ARTICLES

"Making the Connections Between Family Services"

Over the years, Families First for Mississippi has successfully served the State by providing Youth Development and Parenting/Life Skills education. These services are delivered by two community organizations: The Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) and the Family Resource Center of Northeast Mississippi (FRC). MCEC and FRC have provided Families First for Mississippi services jointly for over 19 years. The program seeks to strengthen families of all backgrounds and life circumstances by providing youth development and parent education through seminars, workshops, classes, and presentations.  The program is in locations such as schools, community centers, churches, and state agency offices. Families First has created a tremendous positive impact across the State, and is now launching additional components to provide more dynamic programs.

 

"Grand Opening of the Families First Resource Center- Jackson"

The Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) and Family Resource Center of North Mississippi (FRC) is proud to announce the grand opening of the Families First Resource Center-Jackson. It is designed to stimulate employment through job readiness, support family financial stability, promote literacy, and increase graduation rates while continuing to support positive youth development, decreasing teen pregnancy rates, promoting positive father involvement, parenting education and parenting skills development. Components of the new center include: a clothes closet for job readiness, education and literacy computer lab, career development computer lab, hands-on skill development, parenting and fatherhood training programs, etc.

"Expanding Partnerships to Meet Needs"

Families First for Mississippi is excited to be working with and expanding services to include new relationships and opportunities with a wide range of community-based partners throughout the state. Each subcontract partner brings something unique and different to the table.  Aligning programs and connecting the dots will allow us to access a broader range of resources and expertise. 

"Health Awareness Month"

There’s no better time than the New Year to make a resolution to focus on your mind and body’s overall health. Health Awareness Month is about making healthy choices in every aspect of your life. By choosing to exhibit a healthy lifestyle you may increase your lifespan, be happier, and have more energy to do the everyday activities you enjoy.  Regular exercise, diet, and avoiding bad habits such as tobacco, drug, and alcohol use are all part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  

"Drop Out Prevention"

In an effort to provide a second chance to students who are at risk of dropping out or failing to graduate, Families First for Mississippi offers an option to earn a high school diploma in a flexible and hassle-free environment. This online academic program is customized to meet the specific needs of each student. Whether you want to take a course online or in a classroom setting, Families First for Mississippi can cater to those needs.

"Community Outreach"

Part of Families First for Mississippi’s mission is to give back and be involved in communities throughout the State. We strive to support and foster strong families, empower parents, and show our youth how to build important character traits that will last a lifetime.   Families First recently began a partnership with East Village, Cedar Grove, Forest Hill, and Kingston Place properties in the metro Jackson area.

"Better Me Better Mississippi"

The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) in partnership with the Families First For Mississippi (FFFM) is releasing the first in a series of Better Me Better Mississippi
videos highlighting the importance of partnerships with others to assist individuals and families on their path to success.

"Mother's Day"

At Families First for Mississippi, we offer programming in several different areas, including youth development, job readiness, workforce development, education, literacy and parenting. In honor of Mother’s Day quickly approaching, we want to share some tips from our parenting classes to help make the job of being a mom (or dad!) a little easier.

"Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month"

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 for Mississippi Online High School Diploma Program 2017 Graduation"

You are invited to join us for the Families First for Mississippi Online High School Diploma Program 2017 Graduation Ceremony.  It will take place on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.  The event will be held in the New Summit School Gymnasium at 1427 Lelia Dr., Jackson, MS.  For more information please contact Barbie Ducksworth at bducksworth@mscec.org or 601-366-6405.

"Healthy Teens Rally"

On September 7th, 2017, Families First for Mississippi will host a state-wide Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi Rally at the Mississippi Coliseum.  Check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the rally will conclude at 2:00 p.m.  The event is in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Human Services and Mississippi Department of Health.   The event will feature guest speakers, entertainment, exhibits, and resources.  For more information, contact Janet Spears (601-366-6405) or Dierdre Berry (662-844-0013).  

"Dyslexia Awareness Month"

Join us on February 2nd, 2018 for the 4th Annual Dyslexia Symposium at New Summit School in Jackson, MS. An all-day event featuring guest speakers, vendors, and informational breakout sessions.  For more information, contact Kate Sistrunk at 601-326-6404.

"Families First Resource Center- Vicksburg Grand Opening"

The grand opening of the center will be held on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 1100 Cherry Street, Vicksburg, MS. The Open House will begin at 2:30 p.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m.  The Vicksburg – Warren County Chamber of Commerce will present the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Beverly Raddin at 601-209-2389 or Virginia Campbell at 601-415-2829. We hope to see you there! 

"Families First Resource Center- Nissan Parkway"

The grand opening of the center will be held on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at 276 Nissan Pkwy, Bldg. B, Suite 200 & 300​, Canton, Mississippi 39046​. The Open House will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 11:00 a.m.  The Canton Chamber of Commerce will present the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. For more information, please contact Nancy McRight at (601) 667-4427.

"Veteran's Day"

Citizens around the country pause on this day to honor not only those who have lost their lives to defend the freedoms enjoyed by all in this country but also all who have served our country in the different branches and in diverse capacities.  These sacrifices and services since the founding of this country in 1776 are revered and honored with respect on this day each year.

"Runaway Prevention Month"

November is Runaway Prevention Month and FRC is active at many levels to increase awareness about the many different issues that contribute to youth running away from home

"Price of Fame Premiere"

"Heart of David Ministries (HOD) has joined forces and linked arms with Families First for MS (FFFM) in effort to grow and expand FFFM’s awareness, and further HOD's reach into MS communities for the purpose of identifying, serving, educating and empowering individuals and families in need across the state,” said Ted DiBiase, Jr. 

"Healthy Teens Rally MS Coast"

"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. On Wednesday, January 24th, 2018, Families First for Mississippi will host a state-wide Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi Rally at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center- Hall 4."

"Online High School Diploma Program 2018 Graduation"

You are invited to join us for the Families First for Mississippi Online High School Diploma Program 2018 Graduation Ceremony.  It will take place on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.  The event will be held in the New Summit School Gymnasium at 1427 Lelia Dr., Jackson, MS.  For more information please contact Barbie Ducksworth at bducksworth@mscec.org or 601-366-6405.

"Families First Resource Center- Crystal Springs Open House"

The grand opening of the center will be held on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 115 East Georgetown Avenue, Suite B, Crystal Springs, Mississippi​. The Open House will begin at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Kimberly Funchess at (601) 520-0921.   

"Families First Resource Center- Jackson Cash & Carry Grocery Store Open House"

The grand opening of the center will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 3520 Terry Road, Jackson, Mississippi​. The Open House will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 11:00 a.m. For more information, please contact Alyssa Dillon at (601) 366-6405.   

PACT-Time: Parents and Children Together

Families First has implemented the nationally recognized PACT-Time model within our centers located across the state as a part of the Gen+ approach to family stability. 

Partner Spotlight Story

The JSD Foundation is pleased to partner with Families First for Mississippi to continue the mutual goals of Families First and our Foundation: to impact the whole family and to build communities.

INCREASING ACCESSIBILITY BY PUTTING OUR SERVICES IN THE COMMUNITY!

Families First for Mississippi Resource Centers Form a Statewide Foundation of Philanthropic Services and Successful Skills Development. 

"Families First Resource Center-Greenwood Open House"

The grand opening of the center will be held on Wednesday, June 6 at 1506 Huron Street

in Greenwood from 2:00- 4:00 PM.

"Partnership Puts Mississippi Families First"

“Not only are we offering a person an opportunity to be productive in society, but the rest of the family who may be having issues too. There is now a way for those people to better themselves."

Promoting Positive Fatherhood Involvement: Workforce and Job Readiness

Father's Day is celebrated during the month of June, Families First For Mississippi is excited to use this special time of year to promote their Positive Fatherhood Initiative along with their Workforce and Job Readiness Skills programs and workshops. 

Education Connection: Embracing Parent and Children Together Time

Families First embraces a “whole-family” approach to assess and address the needs of children, adolescents, teens, adults, and the elderly. They pride themselves in creating solutions to families to help stimulate employment, support family financial stability, promote literacy, support positive youth development, promote positive father involvement, as well as supporting Department of Human Services County Offices through parenting education and parenting skills development.

Families First and Flexible Path To A Diploma

It’s one thing to talk about finishing up high school education years after the fact—but it is never too late. After all, life is different for everyone. We all have our own hopes and challenges, and the paths to success are just as varied as the people on this planet.

Education Connection: Healthy Teens For A Better Mississippi

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, which impact many of the leading challenges within our state.

Well Being Magazine Highlights Families First

Over the last five years, Families First for Mississippi has successfully served all 82 Mississippi counties by providing Youth Development and Parenting/Life Skills programming, with services delivered by two community agencies: the Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) and the Family Resource Center (FRC). This statewide program seeks to strengthen families of all backgrounds and life circumstances by offering youth development and parenting education through seminars, workshops, classes and presentations.

Organization Lends Itself To Literacy and Education 

Families First Resource Center in Greenwood has a training room, a state-of-the-art computer lab, modern conference room, and a professional clothing closet, the center's new home proudly houses a unique but important resource known as the "family room".

Liz Ketchum, Director of Healthy Teens: Employee Spotlight

We are excited to be planning our next rally in Hattiesburg, MS on October 18that Reed Green Coliseum on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, and our February 28thrally in Greenville, MS at the Washington County Convention Center.  

Mississippi Youth on Path to Promising Futures with Healthy Teen Rallies

As a call to action to equip and empower Mississippi’s teens to make healthy choices and overcome adversity, Families First for Mississippi along with Governor Phil Bryant’s office, Mississippi State Department of Health, and Mississippi Department of Human Services host annual Healthy Teens Rallies in Mississippi. 

Beds for Kids Benefit Concert Brings in Over $6500

 One of the faith-based projects undertaken by The Family Resource Center of North Mississippi (FRC), through their joint program of Families First for Mississippi (FFFM) with Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC), the lack of beds came to light earlier this year during interaction with clients who come to the organization for assistance in overcoming a variety of other needs.  

Families First for Mississippi Offers Hope for Recovery for Mississippians Caught in the Grip of Addiction

Families First for Mississippi looks to be a beacon of hope for those Mississippians who feel hopelessly clinched in the cycle of addiction and through educational and recovery resources to circumvent the devastating drug overdoses in Mississippi. Through offering Adult Addiction Education Program free of charge, Families First for Mississippi offers resources to begin the process of healing and recovery for those suffering with addiction and their family members. 

Balancing the Gifts & Learning Differences of a Life with Dyslexia 

Living with dyslexia with simple learning modification and celebrating the “gifts” of the dyslexic mind, from a strong ability to see the “big picture” and being avidly creative, paves the path for success. 

John Davis' Selfless Service to Mississippians and Abroad Recognized by Belhaven University

John G. Davis, Jr., Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS), received the Business Success Award as a 2018 Alumni Award Winner for Belhaven University. The Business Success Award is given to a graduate of the Belhaven School of Business who integrates Christian values and ethics in the marketplace as well as a servant leader committed to excellence and dedication to serving others.  

Service to Others Brings Meaning to the Christmas Season

Families First for Mississippi staff participated in a wide array of meaningful opportunities to serve the community in cities throughout Mississippi and highlighted below are just a portion of ways that our staff chose to honor the true meaning of the Christmas season by serving others.

Families First for Mississippi and Mississippi Department of Human Services Team Up with Paul Lacoste, Fitness Guru and All-American SEC Linebacker, to Bring Free Fitness Programs to Mississippi

A new year brings forth dedication to goals for refreshed and renewed exercise routines and healthy eating habits. Each year, Mississippians resolve that “this year” will be “the year” a healthy lifestyle will happen.

 

Mississippi Community Education Center and Families First for Mississippi Gives Mississippians the Gift of Literacy

Families First for Mississippi along with Mississippi Community Education Center provide opportunities to advance literacy for our state. 

3 Tips for Sharing Meaningful Quality Time with Your Children

Take my three suggestions to cultivate meaningful memories that will help your children thrive and feel secure and loved!

5 Healthy and Honorable Ways to Approach Mother's Day for the Motherless

Mother’s Day stirs memories of a childhood wrapped in love and affection, meaningful birthday and holiday celebrations together, and simple days in the loving presence of a woman who selflessly lived, loved and sacrificed for her family. There are many, though, who will approach this Mother’s Day with sentiment tinged with sorrow from the loss of a mother and feelings of void with the absence of her irreplaceable love. Consider these 5 healthy and honorable ways from John Owen, CEAP, CAS, of Recovery Consultations and Addiction Educator Director of Families First for Mississippi, to approach Mother’s Day as you grieve your mother’s death and celebrate her legacy.

Celebrating Father's Day

“On Father’s Day, we celebrate those men who have loved with determination and devotion, offered strength in the face of sorrow, and remained a steady source of encouragement to their children and family. Be encouraged by these words of wisdom and moments of sentiment and tips for the fatherhood journey, shared from the perspective of three fathers.”

Mississippi Community Education Center's Families First Program: Working to Reduce Recidivism

The Mississippi Community Education Center looks to reduce recidivism and provide new opportunities to make the right choices for individuals as they are reentering communities. 

Back to School and On to a New Routine 

As the day continues, it is full of to-do tasks and routines and it seems finding a balance in the middle of the chaos to enjoy moments in these fleeting days is hard to grasp. Consider these four tips to make this school year more enjoyable and easier for you and your family.

 

Mississippi Community Education Center Offers Hope for Mississippians Caught in the Grip of Addiction

Mississippi Community Education Center’s Families First for Mississippi program looks to be a beacon of hope for those Mississippians who feel hopelessly clinched in the cycle of addiction and through educational and recovery resources to circumvent the devastating drug overdoses in Mississippi.

© 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

www.mscec.org

Family Resource Center of North Mississippi

425 Magazine St.

Tupelo, MS 38804

O: (662) 844-0013

www.frcnms.org

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