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MPB Student Council 

Meet MPB Student Council Members

The MPB Student Council is a group of eight middle and high school students from across the state of Mississippi. They will gain insight from MPB on college and career readiness and serve as liaisons for their peers to MPB. 

The goals include gaining student perspectives on various state and national issues, pairing members with mentors for hands-on career training, managing the creation and implementation of a student-led podcast, planning projects, and increasing students’ social skills.

Visit frequently to listen to their podcast. 

The MPB Student Council Podcast was made possible with support from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of the Next Gen Public Media Accelerator program.


MPB Student Council representatives can earn community service hours for participation in MPB events and projects. Their one-year term begins each September. However, a student can decide to stay with the council for multiple years. New students will be selected annually through an application process. Principals, teachers, counselors, and parents can send recommendations to or

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MPB Student Council Member Partners with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

MPB Student Council Member 

Partners with  

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs


    On May 27, 2022, Makenna Mead had a chance to travel to Iuka, Mississippi, to be an interviewer for PBS NewsHour  Student Reporting Labs' upcoming Moments of Truth episode. She interviewed Ms. Karen about how she eventually moved away from her beliefs in conspiracy theories.

The MPB Audience Engagement team was also present to assist the Student Reporting Labs' film crew. 

Jumpstart's Read for the Record Day

October 28, 2021, MPB Student Council members participated in Jumpstart's Read for the Record Day. Members read Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon to classrooms across the state or their siblings.  

Jumpstart’s 16th annual Read for the Record is a high-visibility annual fall campaign engaging over 2 million participants who aim to:

  • Increase awareness about the critical importance and impact of early literacy
  • Make high-quality children’s books accessible for all children
  • Provide support for Jumpstart for Young Children’s work with early learners in underserved communities across the country.


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