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2014 Young Memphian Lauren Anderson, Associate of Development, Teach for America Memphis

The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazines with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

When Memphis native Lauren Anderson graduated a semester early from Spelman College in Atlanta, she thought she had a perfect plan in place. She was all set to attend Georgetown University in Washington to pursue a career in politics when a representative for Teach for America — an organization that recruits high-achievers to teach and expand educational opportunities in low-income areas — requested a meeting.
“I had the attitude, ‘I’m sorry, I already have my life planned out. Why should I do Teach for America?’” Anderson said. The recruiter told her that Teach for America would actually enhance her passion for politics and help sharpen her focus on how best to serve her community.
Now, four years later, that recruiter turned out to be right. After serving her two-year commitment as a Teach for America corps member at Hanley Elementary School, Anderson now works for the organization as associate of development, attracting and retaining donors by managing campaigns such as Sponsor a Teacher.
“My passion for politics has been honed into a passion for making sure education reform in Memphis is strong,” she said. “After growing up here, to come back and serve our teachers and these kids in this city that I love so much is phenomenal to me.”
Most important, she appreciates the fact that Memphis allows young professionals to play such a strong role in shaping its future.
“With resources like the New Memphis Institute and NEXUS, there are just so many opportunities for us as young people to come together and participate in projects that will enhance our city,” Anderson said. “We really feel like our voices and opinions are being heard, and that we’re making Memphis better for the people who were born and raised here and the people who are moving here and falling in love with Memphis for the first time. That’s what I love about this city.”

Erin Figg, Contributor
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