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Who We Are
In the spirit of our namesake, Governor William Winter, the William Winter Institute offers programming designed to foster community communications, engage youth leaders and promote civic dialogue on the key issues facing Mississippi and the nation.

Community Building

The Welcome TableTM process helps communities build the relationships necessary to heal systemic challenges, solve civic problems and to bridge long-standing divides.

Youth Engagement

The Summer Youth Institute is a nine-day experiential program for youth to discover the value of diversity and build both leadership and advocacy skills; Summer Youth Institute 2.0 is a reconvening of SYI alumni to maintain their network and strengthen the SYI curriculum.

Policy and Civic Engagement

Rethink MississippiTM is a policy and civic engagement platform for focusing leaders and their constituents on the need for a future based on equity.

Governor William Winter - William Winter Institute

“Wherever I’ve gone, irrespective of racial or cultural differences, I’ve found that people agree on several basic propositions: everybody wants a decent education for their children; everybody wants a fair chance to secure a job that will sustain them and their family; everybody wants to be able to live in a decent house on a safe street; everybody wants access to adequate health care; and everybody wants to be treated with dignity and respect.”

- Governor William Winter

The Winter Institute in Photos

Take a look at some images of past Welcome TableTM, Summer Youth Institutes and civil engagement events.

Mississippi Civil Rights Project logo

An ongoing project to chronicle the extraordinary efforts of local people who organized to combat Mississippi’s Jim Crow segregation, as well as the complex network of white resistance trying to maintain it.

The Winter Institute Blog

News and reports from the William Winter Institute and our program participants.

A peek into the 2021 Summer Youth Institute

The Summer Youth Institute is a curated learning experience for rising sophomore and junior high school students who are Mississippi residents. SYI develops leadership, self-awareness, and a deeper understanding of community in students who desire to make an impact.  Students participate in themed workshops where they: Learn the importance of

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SYI Alum Yasmin Ware Wins 4th NYT Annual Podcast Contest

Congratulations to Yasmine Ware, an alum of the Summer Youth Institute, who was one of 12 winners of the 4th annual New York Times Podcast Contest. Ware, 17, is from Madison, Mississippi, and her submission, “OREOntation,” was selected from a record 1,500 contest entries. You can stream Ware’s podcast and

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Connect with Us

Get in touch with us to learn more.

Address

P.O. Box 99
Jackson, MS 39205

Phone

601-557-0056

Email Address

info@winterinstitute.org