Ms Delta Blues
& heritage festival
pre-ed & financing
Blues In The Schools
more than the blues
MACE’s approach to meeting the housing needs of low-income residents of the Delta is through a multi-faceted approach. MACE offers unique homeowner training for individuals who can purchase a home within 6 - 12 months or longer.
This program will teach individuals how to save and invest successfully, choose and use affordable bank services and products effectively, use credit effectively and efficiently maintain appropriate and adequate insurance coverage. All of which will help individuals to develop an effective financial plan.
MS Blues & Heritage
the OLDEST continuously operating blues festival in the WORLD
This event has attracted a Who’s Who of performers including B.B. King, Sam Chatmon, Son Thomas, Willie Foster, Ruby Wilson, Robert Cray, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert King, Bobby Rush and Denise LaSalle. The festival has been covered by ABC, NBC, CBS, ETV, Ebony, Living Blues and The New York Times among others.
n a chronically poor region, the Festival provides an economic boost contributing nearly three million dollars annually to the local economy. The economic impact of the Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival represents only a fraction of the revenue that blues-related cultural tourism can bring to the region.
Blues In The Schools
Much More than the blues
The Blues is so much more than the connotation of the word blue...the Blues is a cultural phenomenon, born to American sharecroppers from the Mississippi Delta.
It was the founders' vision to create programs that stimulated physical, social, and economic development in the rural Mississippi Delta.
cultural enrichment programs
We are eager to share with you some of the “new” cultural enrichment programs, we have developed for your students, through lessons learned and documented.
Our Youthbuild Program
Young people attend a YouthBuild class full-time on alternate weeks
A school, in which young people attend a YouthBuild class full-time on alternate weeks, studying for their GEDs. Classes are small, allowing one-on-one attention to students.
A in which young people build housing for homeless and other low-income people, providing a valuable and visible commodity for their hard-pressed communities.
A Job Training and Pre-Apprenticeship Program
Young people get close supervision and training in construction skills full-time on alternate weeks from qualified instructors. We help young people recognize patterns in their lives that have held them back, and encourage them to take responsibility for making things.
Youth Development Program
Young people participate in personal counseling, peer support groups, and life planning processes that assist them in healing from past hurts, overcoming negative habits and attitudes, and pursuing achievable goals that will establish a productive life.
A long-Term Mini-Community
Young people make new friends committed to a positive lifestyle, pursue cultural and recreational activities together, and can continue to participate for years through the YouthBuild Alumni Association.
We are part of a larger social movement dedicated to redefining the perception of youth in America. There are 165 operating Youth Build’s nationwide serving 5,500 young people nationwide each year, four in the state of Mississippi. www.youthbuild.org