Foundation for the Mid South Announces 2017-2018 Public Allies Mississippi Interns

The Foundation for the Mid South has selected eleven native Mississippians to join the 2017-2018 cohort of Public Allies Mississippi. Brandy Nichols, Jada Bass, Kristopher Thigpen, Silas Delaware III, and Deonte Cheeks, all from Jackson, William Rhodes and Christina Rhodes, of Tupelo, Barrett Higginbotham, of Starkville, Sahbryn Price, of Pearl, Valencia J. Wilson, of Brandon, and Johnnay Holt, of Greenwood, will all serve their communities as Public Allies Mississippi interns.

This is the second year of operation for the prestigious Public Allies Mississippi program. Hosted by operating partner Foundation for the Mid South, a nonprofit that focuses on forging public and private sector collaborations to help create social and economic opportunities in Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, the program intends to connect these young Mississippians professionally with other statewide nonprofits and state agencies.

Through the 10-month Public Allies internship program, participants will match with different state agencies and nonprofits, who will host them in paid internships. Foundation for the Mid South will lead them through rigorous leadership training throughout the entire process.

“One of the big focuses of Public Allies Mississippi is creating an inclusive community,” Martha Claire Drysdale, Director of Community Development for Foundation for the Mid South said. “We want there to be equity in opportunity, especially as it relates to nonprofits and state agencies. We’re trying to reach out to young people and get them into those positions early. By getting them into those internships they get to see what work goes on in their communities.”

Founded in 1992, Public Allies has a strong reputation for successful, grassroots-focused community service, with support from national leaders such as former United States First Lady Michelle Obama, founder of Public Allies Chicago. Public Allies now has 6,000 alumni.

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