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Spark authentic dialogue. Demand accountability. Report equitable solutions​.

Spark authentic dialogue. Demand accountability. Report equitable solutions​.

What is a
Solutions Circle?

MFP-YMP Solution Circles are a platform for a diversity of Mississippians to together address challenges communities face through deep listening and relationship-building across divides. Through respectful dialogue, our neighbors become our best resource and allies for creating sustainable and impactful solutions around urgent public-policy and community issues that can transcend partisan politics. The Mississippi Free Press and other media outlets can then center oft-ignored communities and people from counties across the state based on the needs, solutions, experience and expertise they bring to these people-led circles.

What happens:
  • You’ll arrive, park and check in! You will get a sticky note to answer this briefly: “What do you want to solve?”
  • The circle team will quickly organize your topics into larger categories 
  • Participants will self-sort into these circles, or create new ones with our guidance. 
  • Each circle will then spend 30 minutes discussing and writing down what you believe the problems and challenges are in your topic area. 
  • Your circle will then spend another 30 minutes discussing possible solutions you’ve seen elsewhere or want to see explored or brainstormed.
  • Your group then will report out to the larger circle on your ideas, which we will document and publish on our new Solutions Circles website.
  • Participants then envision ways to follow up on our ideas from intimate think-tank meetings to other creative solutions they imagine and implement.
  • Outcomes and ideas will appear on this microsite for later discussion.

Find the Circle that Fits You Best

Preventing Corruption

Jackson Circle #1 Outcomes

Circle 1: Nourishing Environment 4 Youth
  • Concerns
    • Single Parent [something]
    • Latchkey kids
    • Lack of quality ECD
    • The outcome of being reared in poverty
    • Lock of quality healthcare
    • Stress/depression/anxiety
    • Pseudo adult concerns (might be different word at the end)
  • What is a nurturing environment?
    • Familial Support
    • Economic Stability
    • Feeling Safe
    • Structure (clear roles)(clear boundaries)
  • Solutions
    • Exposure
    • Allow youth to have a voice/LISTEN!
    • Healthy community support
    • Investment /Involvement
    • Consistency
    • Attentive/be mindful
    • Mentoring
    • Parenting Support Systems
    • Positive Messaging & Connection via social media
    • Improving training and education
    • Community based approach
    • Treat youth w/ dignity & respect
    • Confirming them
Circle 2: Building Community Engagement
  • Churches should get back to being center of a community (but everyone will not go to church (i.e. non-religious))
  • Youth disengaged from all institutions
    • Social Media
    • Too many silos
    • Communication skills lacking(?)(in person vs online)
  • Silos prevent people from meeting in the middle (politics)
  • In-person gatherings vs virtual
  • How to find nuance in conversations today?
    • There are only 2 sides
  • Community-driven Solutions?
    • Don’t talk at people
    • More community based training/education programs
      • Civics lessons in church
      • Talk to children about voting/political engagement
    • Get out and walk the neighborhood
    • Invite all generations into conversations (youth are having their own conversations online)
      • Duplicate successful models
    • Do neighbors know each other today?
    • Meet communities where they are. Everyone is not going to church.
    • Sports bring people together
    • Use the solutions-circles model and talking sticks back in own communities
Circle 3: Reducing Crime & Violence
  • Effecting
    • Schools
    • Community
    • Businesses
    • Lost of Money
    • Livelihood
    • Mental Health
    • Unstable Homes
    • Partying with your kids
    • Childhood trauma
    • The way a parent can parent
    • Access to resources
    • Poverty reality vs Poverty Mindset
    • Continuous Cycles of criminality connected to poverty
    • Gun Access
  • Solutions
    • Train your kids up to follow rules and respect others!!!
    • Prayer works! Put Jesus back in the home
    • Ask the question why!
    • Incentivise Parent Engagement
    • Raise public awareness about resources available
      • Evaluate accessibility
    • Giver everybody stamps
    • Churches & Civic Orgs providing gap assistance
    • More wrap around services
    • *Public Health*
    • Support grass roots orgs doing the work
      • More mentorship programs for Boys & Girls!
    • Relevant Education
    • Parenting Resources
    • Violence Interrupters 
    • Revise Gun Laws
Circle 4: Infrastructure of/in Communities
  • Concerns/Causes:

    • A better tax base
    • White Supremacy
    • Dissemination of info
    • Crime
    • Insurance
    • Schools Collapsing


    • Exercise the right to vote
    • Get involved with youth
    • Create a space to meet young people where they are
    • Build relationships with young people
    • Communities working to tackle issues in community
    • Tackling myths/changing narratives
    • More community talks like this with action
    • Being informed
    • Black Business Class
    • Revitalization