The North Mississippi VISTA Project works to build sustainable systems that connect the University of Mississippi and its resources to low-income communities throughout a 23-county area. Whenever possible, we develop projects in communities with under-performing schools and/or schools eligible for Title I School Improvement Grants. Our VISTA service members build capacity by developing new, meaningful, and sustainable connections between our university, with its abundant resources, and the schools, education agencies, and community organizations already working to move the people of our region toward academic success and higher education.

Where We Serve
VISTA members serve in schools, community colleges, non-profit organizations, and institutions at the University of Mississippi. Through coordination of our resources and efforts we bring educational opportunities to North Mississippi’s most impoverished areas. Our current sites are:

Crenshaw Elementary School–Crenshaw, MS

DeSoto County Youth Court—Hernando, MS

Doors of Hope Transition Ministries–Oxford, MS

Good Food for Oxford Schools–Oxford, MS

Horizons at the University of Mississippi–Oxford, MS

Lafayette County Literacy Council—Oxford, MS

The Leap Frog Program–Oxford, MS

North Panola High School—Sardis, MS

Quitman County School District—Marks, MS

Rosedale Freedom Project–Rosedale, MS

Rust College Community Development Corporation–Holly Springs, MS

The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies–Oxford, MS

Sunflower County Freedom Project–Sunflower, MS

University of Mississippi Center for Archaeological Research–Oxford, MS

University of Mississippi Center for Mathematics and Science Education–Oxford, MS

University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies–Oxford, MS

University of Mississippi Luckyday Program–Oxford, MS

University of Mississippi Medical Center Office of Academic Affairs–Jackson, MS

University of Mississippi School of Education—Oxford, MS

United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County—Oxford, MS

Yoknapatawpha Arts Council—Oxford, MS