JACKSON, MISS.WJTV) – The first Jackson Revival Health and Wellness Teen Summit kicked off with keynote speakers, vendors, activities and food.
Jackson’s Ministry of Health and Welfare partnered with local organizations to engage teenagers, targeting physical health, mental health, spiritual health and sexual health with the goal of better educating them and helping to remove stereotypes.
“This event is important because Jackson, Mississippi always has this negative stereotype. We want to change that. We want to be the change we see. Historically speaking, we know that in engaging with teenagers who will be our future leaders, they have the ability and the tools, but they need guidance. They need mentoring. They need to know that someone is there for them with a real heart,” said Cecil Hill Jr., a community health advocate.
Teens in the Jackson community were able to ask questions and interact with their peers during the summit.
Free COVID-19 vaccines were also available just in time for students to return to school.