Chew & Chat with Mayor Yarber at Koinonia

Mayor Yarber, Kiononia

Come out to Koinonia Coffee House on Wednesday, March 4th at Noon to Chew & Chat with Mayor Yarber. Chew & Chat gives you- the constituent- a unique opportunity to have lunch with Mayor Yarber.

So, come chew (purchase your lunch) at chat with the Mayor about ideas and realistic solutions.

For more information email

Tutoring on Saturdays Starts Tommorrow


Jackson State University and Jackson Public Schools have partnered to offer Saturday School tutoring starting Saturday, Feb. 21.

According to Dr. Ayanna E. Gill, coordinator of the Blackburn Lab School Initiative, tutors will be teaching students at Blackburn science, math and English language arts as part of the initiative.

Tutoring will also be offered by JSU to the students at Wingfield High School, Whitten Middle School and Wilkens Elementary School, she said. The courses will be held from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday.

The JSU College of Education and Human Development is “pooling talent to provide tutorial services prior to standardized testing in March,” Gill said.

Dr. Lennie M. Little, director of the Center for Teacher Quality, she said, is recruiting JSU education majors to provide the services.

In the high schools, courses will include history, algebra, English and biology; middle schools will include algebra, science, reading, math and language arts. Elementary school subjects will also be taught.

For more information, contact the dean’s office at 601-979-2433.

Boys 2 Men, An Hour of Empowerment

boys to men

Something beautiful happened today at Barr Elementary School. Today marked the first annual, “Boys 2 Men Breakfast; An Hour of Empowerment.” The event was focused on mentoring young boys at Barr Elementary and partnering with local affiliates to create mentoring relationships with the boys.

Barr Elementary boys showcased their talents to a crowd of 100 guests. There were performances by the Barr Male Choir and the Barr Steppers.

There were several male groups in attendance that were willing to be mentors to the boys. These groups included; 100 Black Men of Jackson, JSU Football team, Richard Schwartz & Associates, Jackson Police Department, New Horizon Church, and New Dimensions Church.

The guest speaker was Dr. Cedrick Grey, superintendent of JPS.

Below are a list of items that was given to Barr Elementary to help support the program.

Pastor Jenkins with New Dimensions Church bought shirts and ties for the young men for the program.
Richard Schwartz & Associates donated gift cards for the teachers at Barr Elementary.
JSU Football head coach, Harold Jackson donated a monetary award to support the mentoring program.
MS Food Network and the Center for University-Based Development donated breakfast.

The principal of Barr Elementary is Linda Murray and she plans on continuing this program because she believes the boys need male role models to guide them through life.

Barr Elementary is located at 1593 West Capitol Street, and if you are interesting in mentoring please call 601-960-5336.

Welcome Center Hosts Seminar, “From Africa To America”

from africa to america

In celebration of Black History Month, the Welcome Center will host the seminar “From Africa to America” on Tuesday, February 24, from 12 noon until 1 pm in the center. The guest speakers are students from the JSU International Programs Department: Clauditte Tchakounte, from Cameroon; and Yemi Osho, from Nigeria.

Students will share information about their lifestyles in Africa and how they contrast to living and going to school in the United States.

This is a free community seminar and refreshments will be served.

There will also be fun African-themed door prizes!

Please RSVP at 601.979.0883.

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Malcolm X

malcolm X

Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of civil rights icon Malcolm X, will be speaking Monday, February 16 at Jackson State University as part of a conference titled Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Malcolm X.

– At 10 a.m. Shabazz will give the event’s keynote address in the Liberal Arts Auditorium, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination;

– 11 a.m. A panel book review will he held with a signing of Shabazz’s book, Growing up X: A Memoir by the Daughter of Malcolm X.

– At 6 p.m. will be held a Dinner Conversation between Shabazz and Reena Evers-Everette, daughter of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It will be the first public conversation between the daughters of two human rights martyrs in Mississippi.

Both events are free and and open to the public.

The conference is presented by the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO (the Council of Federated Organizations) and the College of Liberal Arts.

For more information and to reserve your seat, please visit: or contact The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO at 601-979-4348 or 601-979-1563.

Beth Poff at Koinonia, Updates on Jackson Zoo

beth poff

Please make plans to join Koinonia for another informative community forum Friday, February 13th, 9am at Koinonia Coffee House located at 136 S. Adams Street. The speaker will be Ms. Beth Poff, Executive Director of the Jackson Zoo. She has been the director of the Jackson Zoo for ten years and she will be speaking on “Expanding Partnerships with Mississippi State University Veterinary College”.

Koinonia is a place where people from many cultures and walks of life come together to build the community. Koinonia is open Monday through Saturday and on every Friday they have a guest speaker at 9:00 am. This event is called Friday Forum and it is spectacular.

Healthcare Enrollment Assistance, Today

heatlthcare enrollment

On Wednesday, February 11th, Central Mississippi Health Services will be signing people up for health insurance. Staff will be available from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at 5429 Robinson Road. They will help you with the application process and answer any questions.

The deadline for signing up for coverage is February 15, 2015.

For more information please call 601.948.5572.

Mayor’s Summer Youth Program, Accepting Applications

youth program

The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program is accepting applications until Monday, March 2. The city is looking to hire 300 youth for the program.

Applicants must be between 16 and 24 years of age to apply. Applications can be picked up from Jackson Public Schools High School Counselors or from the Department of Human and Cultural Services, located in Metrocenter Mall.

Students who are selected receive work assignments in city departments and at nonprofits. Other students are referred to private businesses as prospective summer hires.

Click on link below for the application.

For more information contact 601-960-0326.

Co-Op of New West Jackson, Transforming a Neighborhood

co op before after

The Cooperative Community of New West Jackson (CO-OP NWJ) is a resident-led development model that seeks to revitalize community through a pioneering “inside out” strategy.

Beginning in an 8-block area, their mission is to find sustainable solutions to the chronic economic and social challenges they face by matching residents’ underemployed skillsets and abandoned property resources with a creative placemaking effort that centers on local food production, folk art, and rehabilitation.

How It Works

First, the abandoned properties are being acquired by residents that will be put into a community land trust. Second, the properties are being rehabilitated by residents who possess the requisite skill sets: construction, carpentry, bricklaying, electrical wiring, and plumbing, with salvaged materials. Third, the rehabilitated properties are being transformed into facilities the community needs and that can generate wealth.

Some uses for the properties include a culture center, bookstore, and a community owned bed and breakfast. Other ideas for creative uses also include turning houses into value-added productive facilities for enterprises spawned from the raw materials such as honey and goat milk harvested from the cooperative urban farm (currently in development) called the Grenada Street Folk Garden and Teaching Center, which recently became the first project in Mississippi to be awarded the prestigious ArtPlace America Grant in 2014.

Within the eight block area alone, there are over thirty-five blighted vacant and abandoned properties.Thirty-five of the properties, many of which are vacant and overgrown lots, are state-owned properties that can be acquired for approximately $50,000. To date, they have acquired four dilapidated houses and six vacant lots and the transformation is happening, however they would like to purchase the rest of the abandon properties in their neighborhood.

To view a short video of the recent progress, click on link below. Also you can help raise funds for the Cooperative Community of New West Jackson at the link below.

Mount Nebo Church Developing a Family Life Center

mount nebo life center rendering

Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church was established in 1923 and has been a place of worship in West Jackson for almost a century. Over the years the congregation grew and in 1972 the church built a new structure at 1245 Tunica Street.

For the past 14 years, Pastor John A. Wicks Jr. has been leading the church of more than 900 members. Beginning in 2012, Mount Nebo began planning and raising funds for their Family Life Center.

According to Pastor Wicks the church has raised most of the funds to begin construction for the building this year. The Family Life Center will be built onto the current church in the parking lot and will feature a gym, stage, multi-purpose room and classrooms.

Mount Nebo has also aquired land on the corner of Aberdeen and Lynch Street. Pastor Wicks states that there are not any immediate plans for the development of this site, but they have invested over $20,000 dollars to do the demolition of three abandon buildings on the site. He says for now the church will maintain the property and keep the grass cut.

Mount Nebo holds a 8:00 a.m. and a 11:00 a.m. service on Sundays.

For more information about Mount Nebo Church click on link below.


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