Youth Participation Initiative
The Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) Program was established in 2009 to provide funding for the purpose of educating children in the areas of hunting, fishing, conservation, and safety. The MDWFP encourages applicants to focus on the education, recruitment, or retention of youth in the areas listed above or in any safety issues arising from the areas of hunting, fishing, or conservation. Preference is given to those projects demonstrating focus on new ideas, new programs, or programs directed at involving youth that have little or no prior experience in the fields of hunting, fishing, or conservation.
To date, $1,914,845 has been awarded to help fund 257 projects. The MDWFP is an active partner in many of these projects such as Youth Waterfowl Hunting & Education Initiative Camp, Camp Fish, Golden Triangle Outdoors-Deer Hunt for Youth with Disabilities, Youth Trappers College, Wildlife Conservation Camp, Youth Sea Camp, and YPI Squirrel Hunt.
2018- 2019 YPI Grant Recipients
The MDWFP is pleased to announce that 32 projects were selected for funding for the 2018- 2019 grant period. Download a list of 2018-2019 YPI grant recipients.
2019- 2020 YPI Grants
The MDWFP will be accepting applications for the 2018-2019 funding period beginning April 1, 2019.
Youth Participation Initiative Final Reports
Final reports for YPI projects must be submitted within 30 days of project completion. For the 2018 - 2019 funding period, all projects must be completed by May 30, 2019.
Submit applications and reports to:
Cpt. Megan Fedrick
Director of Hunter Education
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive Jackson, MS 39211
Office: (601) 432-2174