Local youth graduate from ‘KEYS to Community’ program


Young People in Kemper County are now better acquainted with local government after completing the "KEYS to Community" program.

The program is open to youths ages 14 to 18 and is provided by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Seniors at Kemper Academy participated in the program which was led by MSU Extension Agent/County Coordinator, Malikah Jones. Jones also invited elected officials to speak during class meetings and worked with Sheriff Moore to coordinate a tour of the Kemper Neshoba County Correctional Facility.

The purpose of "KEYS to Community" is to help local youths understand how county government operates, what county governments is trying to accomplish, and how the actions of county government affect their lives, said Jones.

"Young people are our future leaders. We hope this program is a step toward fostering active and engaged citizens," Jones said.

 For more information about this programs or other programs offered by MSU Extension, contact your local Extension office at 601-743-2837.

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