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Youth Advisory Council


Mission Statement:

As the Youth Advisory Council, our mission is to encourage, educate and immerse ourselves within our local community, while also striving to put an end to the stigma of mental illness. We focus on reaching and involving youth and young adults throughout the journey to end stigma and advocate for those living with mental illness.

Contact: Kinshasa Watson

601-899-9058 (State Office)

  NAMI Mississippi Youth Advisory Council


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YAC Spring 2018 Update

April 18, 2018 10:14 am : Blog, Youth Advisory Council
– By Jamie Kurlej, Community Outreach Specialist & YAC Member Adopt-A-Highway Sign Through the Adopt-A-Highway program, the Youth Advisory Council now has our own sign on Highway 471 near Holly Bush Road in Pearl. This will help us spread awareness of NAMI Mississippi and YAC in Rankin County. Quarterly Service Days YAC will now begin ... read more»

Biography of Pastor Tonja Williams, YAC Co-Chair

March 8, 2018 2:28 pm : Blog, Youth Advisory Council
Tonja Williams, born in the spring of 1967 on March 29, is the only child of Miss. Willie Ruth Thompson and oldest child of Mr. Tommie Lee Shelby. Born and raised in the Bible Belt of the South, Pastor Williams is the granddaughter of the late Rev. William J. Thompson and late Rev. Bobby Shelby ... read more»

What Is Stigma?

February 6, 2018 1:14 pm : Blog, Youth Advisory Council
What Is Stigma? According to Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D., stigma is a “perceived negative attribute that causes someone to devalue or think less of the whole person.” Acts of stigma can be both intentional and unintentional, but either way, stigma can truly cause harm to those living with mental illness. How Does Stigma Affect Persons With ... read more»

Summer 2017 Update

January 19, 2018 2:16 pm : Blog, Youth Advisory Council
In May of 2016, NAMI Mississippi’s Executive Director, Tameka Tobias-Smith, decided that it was time to expand in a way that would reach youth and young adults, and as a result, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) was established. YAC volunteers recognize the value of being present within the community. From Say It Out Loud “road ... read more»

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