Education & Outreach

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, $1,517,089.00 has been awarded to help fund 195 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. 

2017- 2018 YPI Grant Recipients
The MDWFP is pleased to announce that 32 projects were selected for funding for the 2017- 2018 grant period. Download the list of 2017- 2018 YPI grant recipients.

2018- 2019 YPI Grants
The MDWFP will begin accepting applications for the 2018- 2019 funding period on April 1, 2018Applications will be accepted until 5 pm on May 1, 2018.

Guidelines |Download Grant Application

Youth Participation Initiative Final Reports

Final reports for YPI projects must be submitted within 30 days of project completion. For the 2017 - 2018 funding period, all projects must be completed by May 30, 2018. Download  

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         

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