Youth and Education

Committee Accomplishments 

The Shelby County Nonprofit Committee brought together nonprofits across varied sectors to share concerns and draw attention to issues that are barriers to residents’ success. We collectively identified major issues per sector and identified ways to address a part of a systemic problem. This is a different approach. Our focus has been on narrowing a focus, coming up with a project that chips away at a big problem, that’s achievable in a year. Previous projects in this sector include:

2022-2023 Projects

  • Problem: Early Literacy strategies across the county were not always aligned and resources provided to students often didn’t look like the students reading them nor reflect their daily lives.
  • Strategy: The Children, Youth, and Education Committee worked with the Early Literacy Consortium and partners to align early literacy resources that culminate in a Shelby County-inspired phonics book that looks like and reflects the diversity of our residents. Shelby A to Z will be distributed to thousands of early readers.
  • Problem: Youth Mental Health is an ongoing problem exacerbated by the pandemic. Students often get a referral to see a mental health provider but don’t have the time, means, or transportation to see that provider.
  • Strategy: The Children, Youth, and Education Committee worked to create a new model for telehealth services through a pilot program so that kids who need mental health support don’t have to travel to get it. 10 telehealth suites have been created in schools and family resource centers where the needs are greatest, connecting students virtually, on-site, with mental health providers through the University of Memphis’ SMART CENTER. 

2023-2024 Projects 

  • Problem: There are too many young adults in the county who aren't working or in school and don't feel connected to traditional opportunities, and too many organizations and opportunities that are not at capacity. 
  • Strategy: Not about them, without them. Put youth in the drivers seat to develop a research study to figure out what are the best ways to engage youth that feel disconnected, to remove barriers, and to connect them with community resources.


2024 Co-leads

Amy Kalb, Youth and Family Resource Center (Shelby County) 

Cardell Orrin, Stand for Children Tennessee 

Sam O'Bryant, Literacy Mid-South

Participating Nonprofits

  •  Red Robin's Academy of Learning Inc
  • A+ Better Day Learning Academy 
  • Academy for Youth Empowerment 
  • Agape Child & Family Services
  • Agricenter International Inc
  • AngelStreet
  • ARISE2Read
  • Beyond Educating Foundation
  • Bikers & Social Clubs 4 Change 
  • Blues City Cultural Center
  • Bonds Kids
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis
  • BRIDGES
  • Bridges for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing 
  • Children & Family Enrichment at Idlewild
  • Clean Memphis
  • Communities in Schools of Memphis
  • Couture Cares
  • Developing Noblemen Academy (DNA) 
  • DI'MANS, Inc. 
  • Diverse Learners Cooperative
  • ECHO Foundation
  • EDA Flyers Youth Track Club
  • Feed the Needy 
  • Fire Museum of Memphis
  • First 8 Memphis
  • Frayser Community Schools
  • Freedom Preparatory Academy 
  • Freeman Outreach Center 
  • Germantown Education Foundation
  • Girls Inc. of Memphis
  • High Calling Services, Inc. 
  • Hope House
  • Hope4Healing Ministies
  • Hutchison School 
  • Image Builders Memphis
  • Inspiration 4 the Generation
  • Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South
  • Junior League of Memphis
  • Kem's House
  • LeBonheur Children's Hospital
  • Legend Reading Center 
  • Liberty Memphis Inc
  • Literacy Mid-South
  • Madonna Learning Center 
  • Memphis Athletic Ministries
  • Memphis Bear's Inc PAL
  • Memphis Dream Center
  • Memphis Education Fund
  • Memphis Jewish Community Center 
  • Memphis Leadership Foundation
  • Memphis Youth Arts Initiative
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Nothing But Love Foundation
  • One by One Ministries
  • Porter-Leath
  • Power Solutions LLC
  • Project Transformation TN
  • Reading with Mrs. Richardson
  • Refugee Empowerment Program 
  • Respondents Inc
  • Rhodes College
  • Rising Together Foundation
  • School Seed Foundation
  • Seeding Success
  • Sheriff's and Police Activities League of Memphis & Shelby County TN 
  • South Side Wildcats Organization 
  • Stand for Children TN
  • STS Enterprise Corporation
  • SVP Kids Inc
  • The Black Pearl Nail Academy 
  • The Perr Power Foundation Inc
  • The Urban Child Institute
  • TN Voices
  • UCAN of Memphis
  • University Aviation Association
  • University of Memphis-Center for Research in Educational Policy 
  • Urban Community Ministries
  • Whole Child Strategies Inc
  • YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South 
  • Young Ladies of Change Inc.