History of JSD Foundation
Read about the beginnings of our Foundation
The Juanita Sims Doty Foundation, Inc. (JSD Foundation), designated as a charity organization by the Mississippi Secretary of State in October 2010, is exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The Foundation has also been designated as a public charity with a 501c3 nonprofit status and is dedicated to improving individual lives through community engagement and outreach.
Further, this Foundation’s purpose is to ignite a “spirit of service and collaboration” throughout the state, nation and the world. We will promote coalition building and support collaboration and partnerships among community, faith-based organizations and individuals to implement service projects in the areas of youth development and mentorship, education, and the overall health and wellness of the family.
The major initiative of the Foundation is the Ambassadors of the Evers Academy for African American Males (A-TEAAM) mentorship, character and leadership development program. The A-TEAAM inspires young males of color in middle school and beyond to honor the life and live the legacy of Medgar Evers as they interact with a “village” of role models and mentors. This ‘village’ of mentors provides support and one-on-one guidance utilizing a meaningful curriculum to empower these young men as they matriculate through middle school. The purpose of the A-TEAAM movement is to improve the quality of life for young men by equipping them with the necessary skills, knowledge and support provided by caring mentors. The objective of the A-TEAAM is to assist the young males (called Ambassadors in the program) in making internal changes with an outcome of increased positive self-esteem and overall improvement in the way they view the world. The Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute has partnered with the JSD Foundation to implement the A-TEAAM Initiative.
In 2017, to further expand the services of the A-TEAAM, the partnership with the Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) and Families First of Mississippi began. This movement has empowered young males of color to be confident and to overcome the inevitable obstacles that they will encounter. This program has been implemented in five middle schools in the Jackson, MS and Canton, MS area: Blackburn Laboratory Middle School, Hardy Middle School, Powell Middle School, Nichols Middle School, and Porter Middle School. The families of these Ambassadors have also been empowered through parental involvement and teacher involvement, which are critical and necessary components of this initiative.
The A-TEAAM Mississippi is a collaborative effort with 24 community-based organizations and other partners who signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Juanita Sims Doty Foundation agreeing to provide a ‘village’ of mentors for our Ambassadors participating in the program.