News & Events

Shoestring Begins its Third YEP Program

February 21st, 2011

Our newest class of Youth Employment Program (YEP) participants were selected this week! You might recall that Operation Shoestring has worked with area businesses and nonprofits the past two years to provide “life training” and summer employment for rising honors students who are seniors at Lanier High School. Through this program, students realize that their future is limitless. We strive to remove the constraints that so many children have set for themselves – they realize that high school graduation, a college degree and a professional career aren’t just elusive dreams. These things are meant for them!

On Thursday, this year’s YEP students met with representatives of University of Mississippi Medical Center and the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings. They heard about the potential experiences they could gain over the summer at these work places and asked questions about career choices. In April, all of our YEP students will interview and be hired by a local organization or business to work for the summer. And like the two classes who have come before them, we know that their concept of what this world can offer them and what they can contribute to it will change dramatically.

Last Thursday’s Conversation About Community

September 20th, 2010


We had a wonderful Conversation About Community event last Thursday night. Special thanks to Vickie Mason, board member and event chair, for her leadership in making it all happen. More than 275 people joined us, and – though we’re still figuring our final totals – we know that the evening brought in the money necessary to sustain our efforts.  As board chair Evelyn Edwards announced Thursday night, Operation Shoestring is proud to announce that we are approaching a fundraising record for FY 2010, which ends September 30!  What a blessing.  For pictures, visit

The event was a powerful conversation addressing big, tough themes–healthcare, race, civility, community and political leadership, education, and much more.  Jimmy Keeton, Constance Slaughter-Harvey, and Les McLemore weren’t shy in offering their perspectives on things.  In fact, it was, as Sid Salter called it, “juggling dynamite” at times, addressing issues that shape the lives of the kids and families we serve as well as those of all of us.  We’re absolutely fine with juggling dynamite, if in the end the kids and families we serve benefit from it.  In fact, of course, it’s essential that we address these tough issues that shape our work.

One of the things that, thankfully, kept being celebrated by our panelists was how important it is that Operation Shoestring is meeting real needs in our community, and how Shoestring is a place where folks from different walks of life join hands across social divides to do this work.  Thanks to all of you for working together–in the name of our kids, families, and community–to bridge those divides that separate us in order to empower the children and families we serve and to make our whole community stronger. 

Operation Shoestring Holds its Annual Conversation

September 8th, 2010

They’re Back!

August 24th, 2010


Today was our first full day of the new school year with our students, and we’re thrilled that they are back! We’ve posted a few pictures of the 80 elementary school students who receive academic enrichment each day after school here on Bailey Avenue. But remember that our supporters have allowed us to reach more than  3 times as many children as last year by expanding our services into several schools throughout the Lanier Feeder Pattern! Look for more pictures soon.

Volunteer Fair on Thursday, August 12th

August 11th, 2010
Operation Shoestring is pleased to announce the formation of the Operation Shoestring Service Corps! For several years, we’ve contemplated creating a formal volunteer auxiliary that will help us meet the many programming needs of our organization. We now have the pieces in place.

If you’ve ever wondered how you could help Operation Shoestring or how you could volunteer your time, you won’t want to miss our inaugural Volunteer Fair, to be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Operation Shoestring. Whether you want to tutor a child, paint a wall, lead a devotional, teach a dance class, host a fall festival or provide a meal, we’ll have something for everyone.

As a member of the Operation Shoestring Service Corps, you’ll be able to give as much or as little time as you like to support the children and families we serve every day. We’ll keep this fair to exactly one-hour and will have snacks on hand to tide you over until dinner. Please join us!


Deadline is today

July 16th, 2010


Remember that today is the deadline to apply for the Administrative Assistant position at Operation Shoestring.

Position Available at Shoestring

July 2nd, 2010


Operation Shoestring

Administrative Assistant

 Position Listing


 Operation Shoestring, a nonprofit social services organization founded in 1968 in Jackson, is looking for an Administrative Assistant (“AA”) to assist the executive director (”ED”) help maintain the smooth functioning of the administrative and office functions of the organization. The AA will be supervised by the ED, although s/he will also work closely with the deputy director, the financial director, and the development staff. This is a growth opportunity for the right candidate.

 Required Knowledge and Abilities

The AA must be extremely well organized and detail oriented in planning, managing and carrying out responsibilities. AA must be able to have the initiative to work independently when appropriate as well as collaboratively with others (must be a team player). AA must be able to handle multiple tasks in an efficient, effective, courteous manner; learn and become proficient at operating the Operation Shoestring filing system, computer system, and telephone system; have excellent written and oral communication skills and have strong computer skills using MS Word and Excel for PC; and have a valid Mississippi driver’s license, a good driving record, and reliable transportation.

 Basic Responsibilities/Duties Include:

providing clerical/communications support to the ED;

assisting with development and implementation of administrative policies and procedures;

managing human resources administrative functions;

working with financial director, deputy director, program directors and other staff to ensure that grant reimbursements, reports and correspondence are submitted in a timely manner, consistent with program and grant requirements, and that grant files are kept current and organized;

handling basic bookkeeping and financial management tasks;

managing the purchase and maintenance of supplies and/or services;

coordinating building maintenance efforts (and supervising related staff/contractors);

working with the deputy director, financial director, development staff, program directors and others to provide clerical support;

helping coordinate Operation Shoestring meetings, receptions, events, etc.; and

answering the telephone and receiving visitors.


Minimum requirement: college degree or equivalent work experience.

 Salary & Benefits

Full-time position with competitive salary. Benefits include paid leave and available health and dental insurance and retirement plan.

 To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references with contact information to Executive Director, Operation Shoestring via email @ No calls or walk-ins please. Application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, July 16, 2010. To find out more about Operation Shoestring, go to

By teaching kids and inspiring families, Operation Shoestring ensures we all rise together.

Summer Fun

June 28th, 2010

Just posting some pictures taken in the past few hours on this warm Monday afternoon! We have  more than 75 children here at Shoestring enjoying arts, summer reading and reinforcement of the lessons they learned this past school year.  And children across the Lanier feeder pattern are enjoying similar activities thanks to the supporters of Shoestring. This is all in an effort to be sure that they “stretch” their minds this summer and are ready to roll when school begins in August.  For more pictures, visit

21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

June 24th, 2010

We are pleased to report Operation Shoestring is applying for a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. This grant is administered by the Mississippi Department of Education. If Operation Shoestring is selected to receive this grant, we will work to help students navigate the bridges from middle to high school and to the work force, post-secondary education and/or the Armed Forces. We will accomplish this by strategically providing a needs-specific array of academic and social dropout prevention. The target population of the grant program will be 9th-12th grade students at Lanier High School. Once the grant application is complete, we will post it for the community to view. Wish us luck!

Pinelake Visits Shoestring

June 22nd, 2010

Shoestring is grateful to 10 members of the Madison campus of Pinelake church who provided breakfast to our children recently. As you’ll see in the pictures, Pinelake also conducted a fun-filled and very interactive devotional. This was the second of four visits Pinelake will make this summer. EVERY WEEKDAY through mid-July, a different family or organization brings breakfast and leads a morning devotional.