Mississippi GSA Network
A primary function of MSSC has always been a vehicle through which young leaders from across our state can come together to support one another. Most of our organization's leadership initially get involved through local GSAs, student organizations, and youth-led community groups. We provide the following supports for GSAs and other young leadership:
- starting a GSA in your school or community
- campaigns & events for your GSA
- peer-sharing with other student leaders
Through our role as a network for students and other young leaders, we hope to break-down the silo-ing and isolation that many of our young leaders express.
Youth Organizers Program - YO Program
In order for our coalition to maintain a strong youth-led basis for our work, we developed a program specifically focused on developing youth leadership in our communities and schools. Our Youth Organizers focus on:
- community engagement through civic work
- managing campaigns and events
- building the next-generation of leadership
Our five month YO (Youth Organizer) internship is an awesome opportunity to get on the ground training in grassroots organizing, develop skills in outreach, research development, media skills and program implementation and so much more. All of this while working in an independent goal oriented environment alongside other local organizers.
As the leading organizing in Mississippi working on issues affecting LGBTQ youth, MSSC has become a resource for cultural competency trainings for various organizations, agencies, and departments. These are a few of the trainings that we have offered:
- LGBTQ 101
- School Pushout & LGBTQ Youth
- Best Practices for LGBTQ Youth in Care