Despite its strong cultural assets, Memphis is facing a difficult socio-economic climate and many challenges serve as critical barriers to youth success. Creating and fostering high-quality youth development opportunities that exist after-school, on weekends, and during the summer is critical for the success of Memphis youth.
One of our direct programs is called MMI Works. MMI Works creates paid summer opportunities for youth to work at music and arts organizations and offers equitable access to career training and professional/personal development. We employed 46 youth in 18 organizations in 2017, totaling over 21,000 hours of work and professional development for youth since our 2016 launch. Our professional/personal development series covers activities that teach youth life skills and critical problem solving and empowers them to set big goals, design a plan and chart a course for where they want to be.
FROM THE MMI BLOG: exploring MMI Works
MMI Works Externship: building global citizens
MMI Works Externship: Our stories
MMI Youth Voices: Khamyl B.
Nakia P.: Levitt Shell Intern