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Will Simpson

Will Simpson

Deputy Administrator for Administration, Mississippi Department of Human Services

Will Simpson’s Personal Leadership Project is to develop and implement a six to eight week leadership program focusing on critical life skills for students aging-out of foster care. Mississippi has 5,000 foster children in custody, many of whom face challenges and remain high-risk upon aging-out.

The program will help them gain stronger communication and social skills to combat these challenges. The program’s curriculum has already been presented for feedback from a focus group.  Participants for the inaugural class have been selected and kickoff is scheduled for late July. The long-term goal is to replicate the program elsewhere throughout the state.