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USM PRSSA Performs High School Outreach in Local Area

February 19, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (Feb. 19, 2016) — The University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) educated students on the public relations industry and PRSSA at the Area Development Partnership’s (ADP) annual high school career expo on Thursday, Feb. 4.


ADP designed the interactive workshop, named Jump Start to Success, to encourage students in three counties within Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to begin planning for their future in the workforce.


More than 1,800 students from eight public school districts and private schools attended the expo, which was held at the Forrest County Multipurpose Center from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.


“It was exciting to see the number of students who enjoyed skills that are essential to success in public relations and informing them about the industry that we love,” said Jasmine Tate, current PRSSA Chapter president. “I enjoyed explaining how public relations relates to their skills and fields of interest, and sharing the impact of PRSSA on my collegiate experience and career preparation.”


The program is one element of the organization’s Post Graduate Success Support Initiative, aimed at providing exposure to academic institutions, resources and career opportunities in the region. Mentorship is one of many benefits of PRSSA membership. The program gave PRSSA leaders in attendance the opportunity to build relationships with high school students interested in public relations and to become a potential mentor.


“Building relationships is not just essential among clients,” said Karie Mooney, PRSSA Chapter secretary. “PRSSA seeks to advance the profession by nurturing generations of future professionals, and following the national organization in their goals allowed us to experience personally the importance of teaching high school students about public relations on a local level.”


For more information about ADP, or opportunities to get involved and make an impact on the future of students, visit www.theadp.com.




The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was founded Oct. 30, 1980. The School of Mass Communication and Journalism, our parent organization and local practitioners offer members professional development and networking opportunities. The resources help students enhance their education and broaden their network to launch their careers. Membership is open to students of all classes and majors.



Kathryn Duke, USM PRSSA Vice President of Public Relations

Email: Kathryn.duke@eagles.usm.edu