Community Service Projects/Civic Engagement

Community service projects are done each year and are required for all participants. Providing services to the elderly, housing project residents and underserved children in the community are some of the projects that are done.

Educational Trips/College Tours

Educational trips and college visits are another important component of the program. Participants travel to colleges/universities within Mississippi as well as outside of Mississippi including visits to Mississippi State University, Jackson State University, Tougaloo College, Grambling State University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Georgetown University, Azusa Pacific University, University of California Los Angeles, New York University, and Columbia University. Participants have visited several cultural sites in various cities including: Atlanta, Georgia (CNN Studios, World of Coca Cola, Six Flags over Georgia), Dallas, Texas; Birmingham, Alabama; Washington, D.C. (U.S. Capitol, Georgetown University, Smithsonian, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Bureau of Engraving and Printing); Indianapolis, IN (Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, President Benjamin Harrison’s home, Lucas Oil Colts Stadium, Crispus Attucks Museum, & IUPUI); Chicago, IL (Art Institute, University of IL at Chicago, Broadway Musical, Hershey’s Factory & Millennium Park); Los Angeles, California (Science Center and Disneyland); and New York, New York (Sony Technicolor Museum, Central Park, Museum of Modern Art, Today Show, St. Patrick’s Cathedral)

Group Meetings

Students are required to attend monthly meetings in which they are exposed to various career options as guest speakers share their successes. The Exodus Project has been privileged to have attorneys, entrepreneurs, doctors, college professors, educators and others share their time. Participants also engage in life skills and leadership training.

Job Shadowing

Students have opportunities to shadow a professional in various fields such as medicine, law, education, etc. Students have shadowed doctors and nurses at Trace Medical Clinic in Kosciusko, an attorney at Moore Law Firm in Grenada and the U.S. Assistant Attorney General in Jackson, bank professionals at Renasant Bank in Kosciusko, social service workers at the Department of Health & Human Services in Kosciusko, engineers at Raytheon Aerospace Systems in Forest and physical therapists at Premier Rehab in Kosciusko.