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tnAchieves: Become a Mentor. Make a Difference.

Last week the Chamber hosted Governor Bill Haslam at our office, and he asked us to help him with a very important program called tnAchieves. Earlier this year Governor Haslam announced his vision for every Tennessee high school graduate to have the opportunity to obtain a postsecondary certificate or associate's degree free of tuition and mandatory fees. This vision became a reality when the Legislature passed the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Act in April of this year. Now, thousands of students in Memphis will have the opportunity to further their education and gain access to better jobs and salaries. 

So where does tnAchieves come in?

tnAchieves is a partnering organization to the Tennessee Promise. Students who receive the scholarship must sign up for eight hours of community service and work with a tnAchieves mentor. These mentors help eliminate the barriers to accessing post-secondary education. tnAchieves estimates they will need at least 1,000 mentors in our region alone!

So what does this mean for you?

The business community is banding together to help tnAchieves be successful so that in turn our city can be successful. The increase in post-secondary graduates will be a huge stride forward in our mission to break the cycle of poverty here in Memphis. Here's a simple and easy way you can be a part of this transformational effort:

First, sign up to be a mentor.

This is only a 10-15 hour yearly commitment, but its impact is priceless. Many of the scholarship recipients will be first-generation college students, and they'll need help navigating a post-secondary culture that is very foreign to them. It will be your job to help them register for classes, answer questions and encourage them when things get hard.
  1. 1. Complete the application (which only takes a minute).
  2. 2. Attend a one-hour training session in the fall, and two one-hour meetings during the students' last semester in high school.
  3. 3. Communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text as they transition from high school to college. tnAchieves will provide a guidebook to answer any questions that come up.

Second, spread the word!

This is such a simple and easy way for you, your friends, your coworkers and your family to make a difference broadly in Memphis and directly in the lives of high school students. An hour a month could mean the world to a student's future, and you'll witness the results directly.
  1. 1. Download the pushcards to share with your friends and co-workers.
  2. 2. Work with tnAchieves coordinator Clair Brulatour on holding information sessions at your place of business for your colleagues to learn more. You can contact her by clicking here.

The Chamber thinks this initiative is so important, we're working toward 100% staff participation. Will you join us today?
Posted: 10/15/2014 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments
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