Young Advocate Institute South

Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault
R1 2016-2017 $50,000

Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MSCASA) in Jackson, MS coordinated a Young Advocate Institute South for 50-75 African-American youth in the state to attend social justice camp as well as conduct focus groups with youth/parents to identify gaps in services, prevention and knowledge/understanding of sexual violence.

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  • Communities

    African American Boys Communities of color Girls Students Youth/Adolescents/Young Adult
  • System

    Advocacy/rape crisis School (K-12) Therapeutic/mental health
  • Level



  • Learning Circles

    Learning Circles

    MSCASA presented at the 2017 National Sexual Assault Conference as part of the RALIANCE track.

    The Youth Advocate Council supported efforts of a Dating Violence Awareness month activity at a teen and parent summit to 110 youth and parents. YAS developed 4 presentations on sexual assault. Topics included: Sexual Assault: What Everyone Should Know, Date Rape: Ten Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself, What to Do If Someone You Know is Raped, 15 Things Every Man Needs to Know About Date and Acquaintance Rape, and Stalking Ten Things Everyone Should Know.

  • Enhance Partnerships

    Enhance Partnerships

    MSCASA partnered with the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and also engaged women of color advocates in the state to provide on-site support and intervention at YAIS. MSCASA identified 17 youth serving organizations in the state of Mississippi.

  • Build Champions

    Build Champions

    MSCASA supported an 8-member Youth Advocate Council (4 males and 4 females). 

  • Provide Resources

    Provide Resources

    MSCASA conducted 4 planning meetings with Youth Coordinator, Young Advocate Team Lead and NCCASA. This included support for regional focus groups with youth and parents; youth outreach activities and activities related to Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

  • Educate & Train

    Educate & Train

    MSCASA coordinated a 2.5 day social justice day camp to 64 participants in an effort to end sexual violence in one generation. Young Advocates Institute South (YAIS) was held June 22-24, 2017 to 52 youth and 12 adults. 

  • Measure Impact

    Measure Impact

    The Youth Advocate Council collected 268 surveys to gather information on attitudes, knowledge and behavior regarding gender-based violence to inform their work.