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 project continues to be a favorite amongst our members. We exchange monthly letters with young girls at Eastlawn 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. In April our members host a special tea at the school where the girls get to meet their pen pals and celebrate the end of another school year.
This is the new Women's shelter in Jackson County, and JA has partnered with them to provide any type of support needed to the women and children residents during their stay.
This is a day-long event through which elementary-aged children are introduced to arty, The program includes various activities to promote creativity. Additionally, the day includes games, face painting, and food. For the past couple of years, this even has been held in conjunction with the Kiwanis Easter Extravaganza.
This project addresses the needs of the local school systems-including providing school uniforms, student medication assistance, school supplies, and any other needs that may arise throughout the school year.
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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, Hope House, etc.
In an effort to assist this existing program, JA collects food items and helps with packaging and distribution to needy students in the Pascagoula and Moss Point School Districts.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support itizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. During the month of December we send our members to CASA to assist with wrapping and organizing toys donated towards the children supported by CASA.
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.