This is our flagship program through which eighth-graders are counseled in appropriate decision making in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, self-esteem, teen relationships, and career goals. The emphasis of the project is to make young people realize that the decisions they make today could impact them for the rest of their lives.
INK - Inspirational Notes for Kids
This is one of our favorite projects in which we exchange monthly letters with young girls at a local Elementary school. The relationship established between the individual member and the girl provides the girl with emotional support, exercises her language and writing skills, and develops a trusting friendship between the participants. At the end of the school year, the participants meet at a special party to celebrate their new friendships!
One night each month, members of JA bring dinner to the young people participating in the program at Hope House in Pascagoula. Additionally, we also help provide Thanksgiving turkeys to families of Hope House. We teach them life skills that will benefit the children in the future.
This is a daylong event through which elementary-aged children are introduced to arts. The program includes various activities to promote creativity. Additionally, the day includes games, face painting, and food.
Backpack Buddies Program of Moss Point and Pascagoula
We collect food items to assist in the program through Moss Point and Pascagoula's schools. Qualifying children receive a bag full of food on Friday's that should last throughout the weekend. Additionally, we volunteer each week to stuff the bags with food.
This project addresses the needs of the local school systems—including providing school uniforms, "Socks for Tots," and the "Teacher's Pantry"—to ensure that local school children have all the needed supplies for their education.
Done in a Day
In these efforts we work in conjunction with other civic-oriented organizations to assist in one-day service projects—includes Salvation Army Bell Ringers, Jackson County Children’s Coalition Kid's Time, American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, various United Way projects, etc.
We assist the shelter with the needs of the children who enter the home. We also provide emotion support to the children, while their mothers are in counseling, with crafts, games, and snacks.
The Junior Auxiliary of Pascagoula-Moss Point also participates in a number of other local community activities including the Sandra Eisler Summer Art Camp or Children, Zonta Festival, Live Oak Arts Festival, Christmas by the River, Free Flowing on the River, and events held at the Exceptional School. Through the combination of these many projects and in other ways of giving back, the Junior Auxiliary of Pascagoula-Moss Point serves thousands of children throughout East Jackson County.