Kelsey Ann Jackson is a student at Mississippi State University. When she was in the 9th grade, she developed a Female Bullying - Education and Prevention Program called “Mean Girls Aren’t Cool”. The programs focus is to increase awareness of bullying among girls and to educate about how, when and why it occurs; identifying bullying behaviors; empowering the victims; and getting school officials and parents involved to help prevent the problem. She has also developed a website – www.meangirlsnotcool.com that provides many additional resources for girls, their parents and educators and allows her to reach girls world-wide. Kelsey’s program is very effective and very personal because she can relate to what girls are experiencing, having been a victim herself.
She has presented “Mean Girls Aren’t Cool” to over 60,000 girls in schools and girl groups across the country. She has also been recognized by the Governor and the Mississippi House of Representatives for her anti-bullying efforts with House Resolution #84. She is thrilled to have recently helped lobby for the law that now requires all public schools in Mississippi to have anti-bullying policies.
“I am very passionate about the program because it is very personal to me. I have been a victim of bullying myself and I know how devastating it can be, but from my experience, I know things that can be done to help. If through “Mean Girls Aren’t Cool” I can help prevent even one girl from being bullied – or one girl from being a bully – it will make a difference and that is my hope and my mission.”
In addition to presenting her “Mean Girls Aren’t Cool” program, Kelsey Ann is involved in many other activities. She has been singing, performing, and winning state and national talent competitions since age 5. She has traveled and performed across the country including Walt Disney World, Nashville, Branson, Memphis, New York and on several cruise ships. She has sung the National Anthem and been pre-show entertainment at the Dixie National Rodeo for the past 8 years for headliners: Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Jason Michael Carroll, Joe Nichols, Sara Evans, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rodney Adkins, Tonya Tucker and Trick Pony. She has also been the opening act for Jake Owen, Chris Young, Jamey Johnson, The Lost Trailers, Shelly Fairchild, Confederate Railroad and Highway 101. She was also a Featured Entertainer at the 2009 Miss Missouri Pageant. She performed The National Anthem at the Mississippi Braves special 4th of July celebration game. She was a 6 year member of FOCUS Show Choir featuring talented youth from all over the state. She was a member of the R.A.T. Pack (Reject All Tobacco) performance troupe for the state of Mississippi for 6 years and was in the Mississippi Showstoppers Show Choir for 3 years. While in high school, Kelsey Ann was in the National Honor Society, The Jr. Auxiliary Crown Club, was a Mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, a hospital Jr. Volunteer, an American Cancer Society Relay For Life Volunteer, and a model for Susan’s Shoppe. She served as a Mississippi Senate Page and was honored to have been selected to be the “Voice of Mississippi” for all students across the state as a member of the Mississippi Student Advisory Board for the state of Mississippi. The board plans student leadership conferences and works with SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapters empowering students to get involved in leading their peers toward good decision-making and promoting education and prevention in harmful activities like alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, violent behavior, eating disorders and reckless driving.
Kelsey received recognition for her “Mean Girls Aren’t Cool” program and other volunteer activities by receiving several college scholarships, including: Best Buy, Kohl’s Kids Who Care,
ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship and the Chancellor’s Leadership Class Scholarship.
Kelsey Ann was one of the speakers at the National Conference on Girl Bullying in San Antonio, TX in 2010, in Las Vegas in 2011 and spoke again at their conference in Atlanta in 2012.
You can also visit Kelsey Ann at http://www.KelseyAnnJackson.com