The Mississippi Statewide Afterschool Network works to better our state and its communities by connecting providers, parents and policymakers with proven tools and resources to increase the quality of and access to out-of-school time programming for K-12 children and youth.


Afterschool is a lifeline that keeps youth safe, helps kids learn and grow, and provides parents the ability to work without worry. 

Mississippi has hundreds of afterschool and summer learning programs across the state for children and families. Use this map to find a program in your area.

Mississippi has hundreds of afterschool and summer learning programs across the state for children and families. Use this map to find a program in your area.

Role Models, Mentors, and Families

Jun 5, 2024 | Million Girls Moonshot, Role Models Mentors and Families

June 2024

Role models, mentors, and family engagement in a young person’s STEM education leads to increased interest, greater self-confidence, and ultimately a stronger STEM identity. Developing a science-related identity increases the likelihood that students will work toward developing science literacy, or even pursue a career in a science or STEM-related field.

Activity: Lesson plan: Who is an inventor, anyways? | PBS NewsHour Classroom In this lesson, students will learn about what it means to be an inventor and think creatively about improving something they are passionate about. First, students will watch a short video about a teen inventor who used creative thinking to improve the experience of others. Then students will draw connections between the young inventor and their own passions and interests.

Article: 35 of the most revolutionary inventions that shaped our world – Interesting Engineering From ancient tools to the latest digital advances, these human inventions changed the world and transformed life on Earth.

Article: Things You Didn’t Know Were Invented by Black Women ( Black women have invented satellite technology and instruments for cataract surgery.  This short (and incomplete list) highlights important contributions by Black women. 

Article: How Hedy Lamarr and Her Inventions Changed the World ( Hedy Lamarr was the type of woman judgmental people love to underestimate. She was only known for her beauty and once known as the most beautiful woman in the world and was an actress in films. However, as Lamarr once said, “The brains of people are more interesting than the looks . . .” This especially rang true with her. She was one of the most prolific inventors of the 20th century, embodying the phrase “women in tech” before the concept even existed. She invented the technology that powers so much of our world today. developed frequency hopping—the technology behind WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. She said: “All creative people want to do the unexpected.”

Article: 51 Female Inventors and Inventions That Changed the World – Interesting Engineering  hese 51 women optimized the inventor’s spirit and created life-changing inventions and discoveries that forever transformed our world. Meet the women behind these world-changing discoveries and inventions who brought not only creativity but determination to succeed.  

Article: BBC 100 Women: Nine things you didn’t know were invented by women  When we think of inventors, do we think of the woman who invented space station batteries?  Call waiting and caller ID? Learn about these amazing women and their inventions that are used every day.