If we want to disrupt generational poverty and, to put it very simply, improve the lives of everyone in our community we’ve got to look at our data and organize.
Seeding Success is looking for partners, interventions, investments, policies, and accountability systems to help reach their goals:
- Every child is prepared for success in school
- Every student is successful in school and graduates prepared for college, career, and success in life
- Every youth who is not in school reconnects to education, training, or employment opportunities
- Every young adult has access to a post-secondary opportunity or career
Mark Sturgis, Executive director, and his team put an annual event together to give a glimpse of what issues and barriers plague the youth of this city. I’ll keep it short, the numbers aren’t good but we have to start somewhere and defining the challenges that need attention, to the general public is nothing short of a direct call to action. Many of the members mentioned local entities they’ve partnered with in their talks. The organization firmly believes in collective impact, meaning organizations working together towards a common outcome can make a greater positive difference than alone. Looking into diverse professional and educational backgrounds of the Seeding Success team you notice right away, they are focused on doing good not only for, but with everyone.
“Every kid born in the country has an opportunity to be better, do better, do more. If nothing else frankly to make more money than their parents.”
“We mustn’t allow future generations to be able to experience first-hand any type of inequality, let alone imagine the pain it caused those who were brave enough to make a stand”
I’ve never been to the Clayborn Temple. I knew nothing of its history. Let’s just say my phone told me how to get there. Once inside you first notice the stained glass. If you’ve never see huge colorful windows, they were pretty cool. I think they would be cool even if I were some sort of elite stained glass connoisseur. You almost don’t notice how the walls are in disrepair or maybe parts of the floor showing signs of aging and neglect, but for being shutdown for almost two decades and reopening for about three years it was an inspiring venue. The music, by a selected group from The Memphis Jazz Workshop was icing on the cake. Jazz was in full swing by 1968 and even though I wasn’t around during that era those young gentlemen seemed to take me back to a place I had never been.
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