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Stories from the Delta

Stories from the Delta honors the people and organizations committed to creating opportunity and improving quality of life in the Delta region of Mississippi and Arkansas.
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A Region Brimming with Creativity and Potential
In the Delta region of Mississippi and Arkansas, we’re proud to work with talented educators, entrepreneurs and young people who are determined to improve quality of life. Their optimism and resilience is helping the region confront its challenges and create new opportunities for all residents.
Featured Stories
Sheldon Alberts December 19, 2019
Higher Purpose Co. trains and mentors underserved and underestimated entrepreneurs
Kim Davis December 4, 2019
Clarksdale Collegiate sets a high academic bar and finds ‘opportunities for joy’ in every day of learning.
Sheldon Alberts November 18, 2019
Michael Boone’s commitment to service drives his work at the Boys & Girls Club of Phillips County.
Kim Davis November 1, 2019
Adrienne Hudson is helping reduce teacher shortages that limit opportunity for Delta students.
At Meraki Roasting Company, Ben Lewis helps Delta youth gain confidence and critical job skills
Sheldon Alberts October 1, 2019
At Spring Initiative, staff and students create a community of caring to overcome life’s challenges.
October 16, 2019
Ben Lewis believes anything is possible through good coffee. At Meraki Roasting Company in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Ben is providing employment training to young adults working to break the cycle of poverty in the Mississippi Delta.
Canoe guide Mark ‘River’ Peoples uses the power of the Mississippi River to inspire and educate his students
September 30, 2019
Anja Thiessen calls the Mississippi Delta region "a place of perseverance and grit and resilience." As co-director of Spring Initiative in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Anja works to "empower young people to beat the odds, access the opportunities they deserve, and build successful, hopeful, and happy lives."
September 11, 2019
Mark 'River' Peoples believes in the Mississippi River’s power to heal, teach and inspire. It's why the Clarksdale, Mississippi canoe guide shares the river with underserved youth in the Delta region of Mississippi and Arkansas.
August 6, 2019
Through training in technology, arts and entrepreneurship, Shifting Rhythms helps youth develop new skills and self-expression.