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Applications Open For Alluvial Collective’s Summer Youth Institute Residential Program at DSU

By April 25, 2023





The Alluvial Collective’s flagship youth engagement program, Summer Youth Institute, is back! Join as a student, join as a mentor–either way, you’ll build skills and share experiences that will last a lifetime. Students and mentors must apply by April 30.

The Summer Youth Institute is a free residential summer program on the campus of Delta State University. Apply now to join other young leaders interested in making a positive impact in their communities and exploring Mississippi’s complex history. 

The mentor program is a leadership program for young adult educators, organizers, and relationship builders from all over Mississippi. Apply now to join a group of amazing leaders dedicated to helping young people realize their potential. 

What makes an SYIer?

  • Commitment to have a positive impact on your community.
  • Enthusiasm for learning new tools and skills to build relationships and bring people together.
  • Curiosity about yourself and the people around you.
  • Willingness to explore Mississippi’s complex history.
  • Excitement for imagining a brighter future.

We recruit mentors who are:

  • Energetic, patient, and trustworthy
  • Committed to their communities
  • Willing to hold space for vulnerable conversation
  • Interested in developing as leaders

Mentor Program Details:

  • Dates of Summer Mentor Program: June 8 – 17
  • Mentors receive stipend, room, and board 
  • Open to young adults, college graduates, graduate students, and educators (usually between 22 and 30 years old)
  • Must have: Experience working with culturally and/or socio-economically diverse young people
  • A solid knowledge of United States civil rights and human rights history
  • Understanding of anti-oppression/anti-racist frameworks
  • Simple Online Application
  • Deadline to Apply: Sunday, April 30

Student Program Details:

  • Dates of SYI: June 10 – 17
  • Cost: FREE
  • No GPA Requirement
  • Open to students who just completed their 9th or 10th grade year (rising sophomores and juniors)
  • Leadership Building, Civic Engagement, and Mississippi History
  • Simple Online Application
  • Deadline to Apply: Sunday, April 30

If you have any questions, please contact Your support allows The Alluvial Collective to continue to provide programs like SYI and help young Mississippi students realize their dreams and impact our world in a positive way.  For more information, visit