By Asia Mangum
So far what I've learned here at YMP is how to take my responsibilities more seriously. While in school, although I work hard when doing my work, I feel as though I was just getting by. Now that I'm here, my number-one priorities are to get what needs to be done, along with the fun that comes with it. Because YMP is a lot of fun to be a part of, I enjoy doing what I do here.
I am grateful for the people I have met and the friends that I made. I sometimes find myself shutting out people, mainly because I feel uncomfortable in some places. YMP has a relaxed environment, the people here are very friendly and open-minded, and there is nothing to stress over while I'm here. I love meeting new people, because it's like starting over fresh. Also, journalism was meant to be my Plan B if my writing career did not work out. I value the skills the program provides me for the future.
One thing that I can’t wait to do at YMP is for our website and YouTube page to get started. This is something we've been working really hard at, here at YMP. I have so many ideas to contribute to it. I can’t wait to see the finished product.
Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) is a leader in informational broadcasting. MPB has exhibited a commitment to educating and informing Mississippians. MPB has partnered with YMP to lend tech equipment and provide youth engagement and media specialists to train students.
E3, a project of Parents of Public Schools of Jackson (now Ask for More), supported YMP in summers 2016 and 2017 with stipends for students, and other resources.
The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (now The Community Foundation of Mississippi) is the
fiscal sponsor for E3.
Choice Printing in downtown Jackson is an in-kind sponsor of YMP offering YMP copying and printing services from its Capitol Towers location.
Jackson-based Workplace Solutions by Barefield is a Steelcase authorized dealer offering high-end office furniture and technology solutions. Workplace Solutions has loaned chairs, mobile desks and mobile whiteboards to create a collaborative office for YMP participants.
Jackson-based Fuse.cloud (formerly Broadband Voice) offers Voice-over-IP phone systems, fiber Internet connections and technical services. Fuse.cloud has sponsored phones, VoIP phone service and technical assistance for YMP.