Mississippi Site Director: Samantha Kalahar
Opportunity Passport Coordinator: Cotina Brown
First Place for Youth has entered into an innovative partnership to support the Mississippi’s efforts to implement improved support for transition age foster youth.
First Place for Youth has entered into an innovative partnership to support the Mississippi’s efforts to implement improved support for transition-age foster youth through two unique programs.
Opportunity Passport is a financial literacy and matched saving program that helps young adults transitioning from foster care to become financially independent.
Mississippi Youth Voice members are young leaders ages 18-26+ who were in foster care and have made a commitment to supporting the success of other Mississippi foster kids. The Mississippi Youth Voice Board empowers young people who have experienced foster care to advocate for themselves and their peers. Board members develop leadership skills, advocate with community leaders, create resources for youth in care and transitioning out of care, and engage with a broader community of support.
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative created the Opportunity Passport program and supports its implementation in Mississippi and other sites across the country. Jim Casey Foundation also supports the Mississippi Youth Voice Program.