University of Southern Mississippi has named Stephanie F. Meincke
director of the Mississippi Center for Community and Civic Engagement.
Meincke comes to the center from McComb, where she had provided
consulting and training services to nonprofits throughout Mississippi
She is the former executive director of The Family
Source of Florida, Florida's child abuse prevention network. Along
with a bachelor's degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
and a master's degree from Florida State University in administrative
social work, she has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects
of nonprofit management.
"The Mississippi Center for Community and Civic
Engagement plans to continue to build on its strong foundation of
programs in volunteerism, civic education and service learning,"
Meincke said. "We are expanding our network of universities,
K-12 school and community organizations to provide increased services
in tutoring and mentoring to increase literacy and improve test
scores for our young children, and designing civic education and
engagement programs for college youth to increase civic literacy
The Mississippi Center for Community and Civic Engagement
strives to strengthen democratic ideals by fostering sustained partnerships
that improve educational opportunities and achievement; promoting
civic engagement as broad, inclusive, and direct participation in
the search for the public good that renews and enriches earlier
conceptions of democracy; valuing diverse partnerships between K-16
institutions and community-based organizations that focus on civic
responsibility and community needs; strengthening educational experiences
in order to foster improved academic achievement and enthusiastic
participation in society; providing a framework that links service
with curriculum and promotes information and resources for community
service-learning opportunities; providing support for the implementation
and development of after-school tutoring and mentoring programs
for the region's neediest children; and providing assistance, support,
and resources for research and evaluation that supports and expands
understanding of social institutions and educational partnerships.
Meincke said that the center hopes to stimulate increased
use of service-learning in the next three to five years on college
campuses and in K-12 schools, show increased civic participation
by all age groups in Mississippi and provide critical volunteer
resources to help alleviate Mississippi's greatest community needs.