Category: Second Chance Prom

4th Annual Second Chance Prom to be May 19th in Hattiesburg

written by Anna C. Davis (

HATTIESBURG – MSSC in partnership with the Gay Straight Alliance at The University of Southern Mississippi are proud to announce the 4th Annual Second Chance Prom. The Prom which will occur May 19th, 2012 in the Thad Cochran Center at the USM – Hattiesburg campus, is open to individuals 16-30 years old.

This year’s theme will be a Brazilian-style Carnival, so break out your bright colors and save those Mardi Gras outfits!

Check out our #MSSCProm page for more details.

Cost: Tickets to the event are $10 each

Eligibility: You must be between the ages of 16-30 to attend #MSSCProm.
If your date is over that age or under that age, we cannot guarantee admittance. Please contact us at

If you would like to donate or volunteer for Second Chance Prom please contact us and check out our volunteer page.

What is Second Chance Prom?

Prom can be a time for great excitement and bonding with fellow classmates, but for many lesbian, transgender, bisexual, gay and queer students, prom can also be stressful. Many students are not able to bring their date of choice because of gender or sexual orientation. Many also are not able to wear clothes that make them feel comfortable or reflect who they are. MSSC’s Second Chance Prom offers one night a year when students and young people are able to have the prom experience while not worrying so much about their gender identity or sexual orientation being an issue.

The first Second Chance Prom in Mississippi was held in 2009 in Meridian, MS by Mississippi State University’s student organization, Spectrum, with help from the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition. In 2010, MSSC took the lead on the prom following the news rush surrounding Ceara Sturgis and Constance McMillen. That year, the prom hosted more than 400 folks in Tupelo, MS. The following year, MSU’s Delta Omega Lambda co-hosted the prom at the Mississippi State University Campus.

Registration goes live for Second Chance Prom 2011

The Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition announces that its third annual Second Chance Prom will be held on July 23, 2011 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the Mississippi State University Campus. Registration for prom is now open and attendees can purchase their tickets or receive their spots by visiting​ /.

The event is open to all Mississippi queer youth and allies. All ticket sales this year include yourself plus one guest of any age. The sliding scale ticket fees are designed to keep tickets affordable for all age groups served by MSSC. For youth under the age of 18 tickets will cost $5, tickets for those 18 to 24 will cost $10, and for attendees 25 to 30 tickets will be $15.This event is an alcohol and drug-free event.

If you have any questions about this event please contact our prom coordinator Izzy at If you would like to know more information about becoming a volunteer or to donate to the event please contact Anna at

Information About Transportation

Hello Everyone!
The Mississippi Safe School’s Coalition’s second annual Second Chance Prom is this Saturday, May 8, 2010! If you need transportation, please read this email for information about the drop off and pick up locations.

There will be four pickup locations: Jackson, Hattiesburg, Southaven, and Oxford. (Please refer to the itineraries below for specific departure times and pickup locations.) All buses will arrive at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo at approximately 4:00 P.M. and leave the arena at 11:30 P.M. to return to their cities of origin.

Transportation back to your individual homes will not be provided, so please prepare to have transportation present at the drop off locations when the buses return.

If you are under 18, you must present a signed parental consent form or you will not be allowed to board the bus. (You can download the form here: Additionally, if you leave on the bus, you must also return to your original pickup location on the bus. Consumption of alcohol or illicit drugs will not be allowed on the buses or at the arena.

Bus Itineraries:

Jackson Bus
12:30 P.M.: Leave Jackson from the parking lot of:
Drury Inn Hotel (610 East County Line Road / Ridgeland, MS 39157).
4:00 P.M.: Arrive in Tupelo at the BancorpSouth Arena.
11:30 P.M.: Leave Tupelo to return to Jackson.
2:30 A.M.: Arrive in Jackson in the parking lot of:
Drury Inn Hotel (610 East County Line Road / Ridgeland, MS 39157).

Hattiesburg Bus
11:00 A.M.: Leave Hattiesburg from the parking lot of:
Roses’s (3720 Hardy Street / Hattiesburg, MS 39402).
4:00 P.M.: Arrive in Tupelo at the BancorpSouth Arena.
11:30 P.M.: Leave Tupelo to return to Hattiesburg.
4:00 A.M.: Return to Hattiesburg.
Roses’s (3720 Hardy Street / Hattiesburg, MS 39402).

Southaven via Oxford Bus
1:15 P.M.: Leave from Southaven from the parking lot of:
Desoto Civic Center (4560 Venture Drive / Southaven, MS 38671).
2:45 P.M.: Leave Oxford from the parking lot of:
Kroger (2013 University Avenue / Oxford, MS 38655)
4:00 P.M.: Arrive in Tupelo at the BancorpSouth Arena.
11:30 P.M.: Leave Tupelo to return to Jackson.
12:30 A.M.: Arrive in Oxford:
Kroger (2013 University Avenue / Oxford, MS 38655)
1:30 A.M.: Arrive in Southaven in the parking lot of:
Desoto Civic Center (4560 Venture Drive / Southaven, MS 38671).
If you will be leaving your cars at the pickup locations, please park in the back of the parking lot.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding transportation to prom, please contact John Yu at

Thanks again and see you Saturday!


Second Chance Prom Waiver/Parental Consent

Hey Friends,

We are so excited about this weekend, and honored that you will be joining us at Second Chance Prom.

We are wanting to make sure this event if both fun AND safe, and to this end we are requiring that all participants (volunteers and attendees) sign a consent form. It is important that we look out for everyone’s safety, and know who wants to be filmed and who doesn’t.

The link below contains a PDF, which will need to be signed by all attendees. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18, YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE THIS FORM SIGNED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE EVENT. If you are above the age of 18 you can sign this at the door. You are also welcome to print it out and bring it
with you.

See y’all this weekend! If you have any questions please contact


MSSC Now Accepting Registrations for Second Chance Prom

Update: Registration is now closed.

The Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition is excited to announce that the registration form for Second Chance Prom is now available online. Any Mississippi youth or student between the ages of 15 and 23 are welcome to register. Youth and Students can access the registration form at:

Second Chance Prom will be held May 8th at the Bancorp South Arena in Tupelo, MS. The event will last from 5pm until 11pm. There is no cost to attendees.

Space is limited so Register NOW! We will send a confirmation email to let you know that your space has been reserved. (NOTE: You will not receive the confirmation email immediately.)

Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition Announces Details of Second Chance Prom

Jackson, MS April 20, 2010 — The Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition (MSSC) announced more details today about the second annual Second Chance Prom that will take place May 8 in Tupelo, MS. The evening will include dinner, a formal program, music and dancing. Celebrity appearances and support are expected.

The purpose of the Second Chance Prom is to create a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and allies to have a safe and fun night where everyone feels comfortable being themselves. The event is primarily for students of Mississippi who are ages 15-23. This event aims to include all students regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, gender, or disability status.

In light of the events surrounding Constance McMillen at Itawamba Agricultural High School, the MSSC is also extending a special invitation to the students at that school to join in at the prom. “It was important to us that the students at IAHS receive an invitation to our prom. All students are welcomed,” says Matthew Sheffield, Communications Director of the MSSC.
This event is made possible through the generous support of funders, both in and out of Mississippi. These sponsors include MS native Lance Bass, who is both a vocal supporter of Constance and a sponsor of the event. Other major sponsors include Green Day, the American Humanist Association, and Cat Cora. With A-list celebrity event planner Michael Russo of Roses-n-Lollipops at the helm, the prom will be open to Mississippi students ages 15-23, and is sure to be an unforgettable evening for all those in attendance.

The Second Chance Prom is just one of the ways the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition and students from all over the state are ensuring that diversity has its place among southern values. More information about the MSSC can be found at our website,

Any requests for further information regarding media, donations, and/or celebrity attendance should be directed to Michael Russo at

To donate, individuals can do so online through our fiscal agent, the ACLU of MS

Please Note: Make sure to put “MSSC” in the “Why are you donating today” field. This ensures that your donations are directed to the MSSC.

Individuals can also donate via check to or P.O. Box:
MS Safe Schools Coalition
P.O. Box 3442
Jackson, MS 39207
Please make checks payable to our fiscal agent, ACLU of MS. In memo note, please put MSSC.

Michael Russo
Event Planner

Matthew Sheffield
Communications Director, MSSC


Fundraising for Second Chance Prom

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We need YOUR help!
The Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition, along with our generous donors and partners thus far, are asking for your financial assistance to help throw the best inclusive prom Mississippi has ever seen!

Our donors have helped us get this far….
But we need your help to reach our goal of raising an additional $25,000 to ensure that the prom is safe, fun and fabulous.  We will use the thermometer as a way of showing our progress.

Your donation may be used in a number of ways, including:

  • Security
  • Entertainment
  • Catering
  • Transportation assistance
  • Sound and Lighting
  • Decorations

To make a donation please visit our Join/Donate page.