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Mississippi Power's UPLIFT leadership program kicks off third cohort

Mississippi Power's UPLIFT program recently began its third cohort with 15 new students and a leadership retreat at Jackson State University.

The two-day retreat included multiple teambuilding and self-discovery activities where students got to know one another and learned about their own strengths and how use them to work more effectively with others. In their second session, participants learned critical thinking skills and how to apply their strengths to resolve conflict.

“I’m very excited to continue the program this year with a great group,” said Community Development Representative and UPLIFT Facilitator Joy Saucier. “We hope that during their time with us, we’re able to further develop their leadership skills and better equip them for the transition from college to career.”

UPLIFT participants are juniors and seniors pursuing a variety of majors from four of the state’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. They were nominated to participate in the program by their school based on their leadership qualities.

As the semester continues, the students will meet monthly to continue learning how to strengthen their interpersonal communication, business etiquette and public speaking skills. Students will even participate in a Legislative Day at the Capitol.

The program will conclude with a graduation in May.

2024 UPLIFT participants: 

  • Ty Carson, Alcorn State University
  • Carlyn Keyton, Alcorn State University
  • Avantavis Carter, Alcorn State University
  • Kyla Luckett, Alcorn State University
  • Trinity Wilson, Alcorn State University
  • Niyah Parnell, Alcorn State University
  • Erykah Cain, Jackson State University
  • Trin Jones, Jackson State University
  • Ezra Snell II, Jackson State University
  • Britney Taplin, Jackson State University
  • Tionda Yarbrough, Jackson State University
  • Vearlean Fry, Mississippi Valley State University
  • Mike Lambert, Tougaloo College 
  • Nini Munoz, Tougaloo College
  • Andre Payne, Tougaloo College

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