Junior Master Wellness Volunteer
Who are Junior Master Wellness Volunteers?
Junior Master Wellness Volunteers (JrMWV’s) are compassionate teens focused on wellness and dedicated to serving their community. Any teen ages 14-18 with an interest in leadership, advocacy, extending knowledge, serving as role models, and volunteering aimed at improving health literacy and healthy lifestyle choices may enroll for training as a volunteer.
What is the Junior Master Wellness Volunteer Program?
The JrMWV Program is a community health education and volunteer leader training program offered through the Mississippi State University Extension 4-H Program in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the UMMC/Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute. This program partners with students in various disciplines such as the Allied Health Courses, Family and Consumer Science Courses, and individually focused clubs or organizations for training and delivery of health messages into the community. This program is positioned under the Extension 4-H Program since it is a youth program and each student is enrolled in 4-H in their respective county. The County 4-H Extension Agent maintains an engaged role with the teacher and students providing community service opportunities and programmatic oversight. Recruitment is also sought for the Health Competition event held at 4-H State Congress each year on the campus of Mississippi State University.
“Promoting healthy living through community connections”
4-H is a collaborator of the Junior MWV program.
Bullying is personal to Je'Kylynn Steen, whose experiences as a victim and witness, helped give her insight into a project that can help others who may face the same challenges.
As a community health intern with the Junior Master Wellness Volunteer Program, she served as the primary author of a new bullying module to help young people recognize this pervasive problem and learn strategies to stop it.
If you’d like to volunteer more in the New Year, Extension has some wonderful opportunities. We have volunteer organizations designed for all ages and interests, including gardening, healthcare, natural resources and youth development.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- October is Children’s Health Month, but Mississippi’s Junior Master Wellness Volunteers are dedicated year-round to “promoting healthy living through community connections” in the state.
The Junior Master Wellness Volunteer program, or JrMWV, is a community health education and volunteer leader training program offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H program in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the UMMC/Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute.
Ann Sansing, MSU Extension community health coordinator, said this is the latest program developed in a five-year partnership with the medical center around delivery of the Community Health Advocate curriculum, which began there under the leadership of Dr. Rick deShazo.