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Call to Action


How Can I Help 

Mentor a Young Person

It’s proven that a young person’s ability to choose the right path in life so often depends on the influence of an older person. So in keeping with the city’s commitment to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and in partnership with the Grizzlies Foundation, Mayor Strickland is encouraging Memphians to commit to an hour a week of mentoring through The Giving Hour initiative.

Read to a Child

If a child can’t read by the third grade, he or she often falls behind. Shelby County Schools’ Team Read initiative asks for an hour a week and a commitment once a week from October through April to read to second graders — and help improve their futures. You can also become a coach with Arise2Read and tutor students in reading one hour per week.

Adopt a Block

Cleaning up our city is a core mission of Mayor Strickland’s, and the city has made strides in eradicating blight, picking up litter, and cutting city-owned grass. The city’s new Adopt-A-Block initiative, which will be fully active with the arrival of spring weather, intends to empower citizens to take ownership of cleaning up their own neighborhoods.

Employ Youth

In Memphis, there are 30,000 youth between the ages of 16-24 that are unemployed and not in school. We can no longer stand aside and let our youth believe it’s too hard to find an opportunity to thrive.

​Hire Memphis is an initiative with the goal to bridge the gap between youth and employers in Memphis.  Employers can post jobs for free to find young people in search of employment.

​Visit and click the Employers tab to post you job opportunities today!