In 2019, eight organizations received a total of $63,400 with the theme Pathways to Success: programs that provide workforce training and career development.
To learn about what these grants will support, click on the organizations below and watch their 3-minute presentations or read their grant proposals.
The grantees are:
Advance Memphis supports South Memphis adults on the path to economic stability. WorkKeys training (a national career training curriculum) develops those already working through Advance Memphis Staffing by equipping them with WorkKeys operator skills. This rolling class enhances the graduates' marketability, moving them closer to full-time employment.
Teens in Memphis-area communities develop workforce skills and practical work experience in a farm setting, motivated by the restoration of rescued animals. Through projects they design and build, interns gain skills, confidence, work ethic, and connection with people from diverse backgrounds. After completing the summer training, they are offered paid positions on the farm.
Southwest Early College High's students can earn an associate degree in IT, Business, or Allied Health. The school recognizes that academics alone do not adequately prepare students for success in the workplace. In 2019-20, with its first class of 11th graders, the school will launch a workforce exposure and readiness program.
Code School is a hands-on class designed to train individuals to be entry-level software developers with a six-month course. The minimum education requirement is a high school diploma or GED. Students work in a small classroom setting and use real-world technologies to learn the fundamentals of coding and app development, in addition to the leadership and life skills needed for a successful career and job market competitiveness.
HopeWorks provides job training and assistance with job placement to improve the lives of vulnerable and incarcerated Memphians. The program teaches life skills, workforce readiness, computer basics, and money management; assists with job searches; arranges internships; and provides personalized case management for each participant.
As part of its mission to create community and support the development of filmmakers of all genders, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds, the Indie Memphis Youth Film Program provides 7th to 12th grade students year-round support. Career development is accessed through workshops, mentoring, and apprenticeship all at no cost, culminating in student short film premieres at the annual Youth Film Fest on September 7, 2019.
English as a Second Language classes at Su Casa are unlocking the economic potential of the largely undercounted, underserved, and often unseen Latino immigrant community of Memphis. Language and cultural barriers often trap the immigrant community in limited job opportunities and stunted career development, but through language access and relational capital, they can advance to better jobs, start small businesses, and better advocate for their families.