Women’s Leadership Initiative
The women’s leadership council aims to bring together leaders to promote education in South Mississippi.
What We've Been Up To:
We had an awesome time mentoring students at Harrison County Career & Technical Center on December 14th. Read about it and see pictures here!
State Senator Brice Wiggins, a National Early Learning Fellow, came and spoke to WLI on November 11th and gave some excellent advice on how we can better advocate to our legislators. It was an extremely informative session for all who attended. Check out this page on the event for more info!
We've got our marching orders, so lets go make it happen!
1. The conversations are forming around revising the MAEP formula; you can read about it on these links:
2. And how to fund early education more widely. Could that funding be included in MAEP so that districts can decide to add preschool to the curriculum?
The Time Is Now!
What do you think funding for education should look like on a statewide basis? The legislative session begins in January, so there's no time to waste in making sure that our voices are heard! Our legislators have given us the opportunity to send them our thoughts and ideas, so contact firstname.lastname@example.org during the weeks leading up to this session and make sure that Mississippi's leaders know how you want funding to be allocated!
If we are all going to think more about playing a role in advocating for needed changes, we may also want to keep current on what is happening in Jackson on a daily basis. Keep current by adding the link below to your favorites:
To create a powerful initiative of women united to improve the lives of children through leadership, philanthropy, and advocacy
WHO are we in 2017?
WHAT are our goals in 2017?
- Objective 1: Develop/promote programming around Education focused on early years, continuing through 3rd grade, so that children are successful and on track for graduation.
- Objective 2: Identify ways to positively impact the financial stability of families on the coast while connecting need with resources that can help.
- Objective 3: Establish this group as an objective, credible source for knowledge of community resources that extends beyond just services to educate, share, and define issues that will effect education, families, and young children.
- Objective 4: Support and engage other organizations established by women of South Missisisippi to partner with and create volunteer opportunities, as well as advocacy.. Ideas include members of Excel by 5, Coast Chamber’s WE (Women Entrepreneurs) org and CYP (Coast Young Professionals org), Lighthouse Business and Professional Women’s group, and Junior Auxiliarie
WHY do we think this is important?
- The Women’s Leadership Initiative will be a credible source of knowledge that will give its members the information they need to form their own fact-based opinions.
- The Women’s Leadership Initiative will identify areas of interest, research the issues, identify who else is working on this issue and then determine if and how they want to get involved in creating change.