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4 Reasons to Help 400 Shelby County Students Succeed

Through the SUCCESS High Schools Initiative, Leadership Memphis is raising $50,000 to take 400 Shelby County High School students on local and regional college and career tours in the summer of 2015. This initiative is implemented in eight high schools – East, Fairley, George Washington Carver, Hamilton, Kingsbury, Kirby, Melrose and Trezevant – with the goal to increase the post-secondary continuation rate for these schools. SUCCESS infuses 400 executives over a 5-year period (they’re currently on year three) to positively impact nearly 7,000 students. The Leadership Club and Graduation Advisory Program (GAP) are the primary components of this initiative.
Andrew Bartolotta of Leadership Memphis provides four reasons why this initiative is important to Shelby County students and the overall community. Read his original blog post here.
1. Opportunity. This program gives students the chance to find a college and career that best suits their interests. According to the Seed Foundation, first generation college students who visit several different colleges to find the right one for them have an increased likelihood of graduating on time and not dropping out the first year.
2. Hope. Forty-four percent of Shelby County students who graduated in 2015 did not enroll in a post-secondary opportunity. That’s nearly 6,000 students left behind once they graduate high school.
3. Investment. We need to invest in the city’s future leaders, and investing in the education of our students is an easy way to do that.
4. Skills. In five years, 65 percent of jobs will need skilled workers with post-secondary credentials. Our city deserves to have a passionate, skilled labor force made up of Memphians who believe in the future innovation of our great city.
“This trip was an eye-opening experience. It showed me the importance of higher education, and let me know it is okay to be nervous about going to college. It also opened my eyes to how important that even the smallest scholarship is.” –T. Briggs, Senior Class President, Melrose

To learn more about the 2015 Leadership Memphis Expanding College & Career Tours and visit their crowdfunding page, click here.
Posted: 2/25/2015 2:22:25 PM | with 0 comments
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