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Feature Story Young people have played an integral role in the development of the More for Memphis plan. These photos are from a MFM Youth Council meeting held in June 2023.

A path to economic mobility: The More for Memphis plan for schools to become true community hubs

“At the end of this, the bigger goal for More for Memphis is putting people on a pathway to economic mobility. And so for us, education is that pathway,” says Teshanda Middleton, project lead for the E&Y Anchor Collaborative and CEO of the Communities In Schools of Memphis nonprofit organization. “How you do that is being intentional about the support that you spread across generations of people.”

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On finding 'ideas that work': How 300 Memphians came together to develop the More for Memphis plan

“Memphis is not new to developing strategic plans, so it was important for us to be thoughtful of how this process would be different and actionable,” says Jamilica Burke, chief strategy and impact officer of Seeding Success, the Memphis nonprofit responsible for coordinating the More for Memphis initiative.

Development News “Our goal is to make Greater Memphis a place where anyone can secure a high-quality job, lead a productive life, and provide for their family,” says Ted Townsend, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

Unique partnership to create workforce development program for Memphians impacted by justice system

“Our goal is to make Greater Memphis a place where anyone can secure a high-quality job, lead a productive life, and provide for their family,” says Ted Townsend, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

Development News Hot Yoga Plus in 2018.

New ShelbyCares program to offer free workout classes at locally-owned, neighborhood gyms

“Turning the tide on generations of poor health is no easy feat, and I commend the neighborhood gyms who have committed to help us expand access to great health,” says Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris.

Development News The Carpenter Art Garden in 2017.

These 3 Memphis arts organizations were awarded grants from the NEA supporting community projects

“These grants contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities, help meet the challenges of our time, and build towards a future in which all people can lead artful lives and reach their full potential,” says NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson.

Development News “Dr. King once said ‘anyone can be great because anyone can serve,’” says Museum President Dr. Russ Wigginton. “At our museum, we create opportunities to highlight the greatness in our communities."

National Civil Rights Museum offers free admission, concerts, and more on MLK Day

“Dr. King once said ‘anyone can be great because anyone can serve,’” says Museum President Dr. Russ Wigginton. “At our museum, we create opportunities to highlight the greatness in our communities. Dr. King’s legacy and the progress we’ve collectively made encourages us to keep moving forward."

Development News Cherokee Arms is located at 1508 Madison Ave. in Midtown.

These two historic Memphis sites are nominated for the National Register of Historic Places

The State Review Board will soon meet in Nashville to determine whether eight historic Tennessee sites meet the criteria to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. And two of the eight sites are located right here in Memphis.

Development News “Through this series of workshops, we hope to build a legacy of transformation and equity in leadership,” says YRD National President Rasheedah Jones.

New workshop series launched to empower Memphis' next generation of Black leaders

“Through this series of workshops, we hope to build a legacy of transformation and equity in leadership,” says YRD National President Rasheedah Jones.

Development News Pre-orders for the limited edition sneaker are currently open with the shoe itself being ready come March 2024.

Nonprofit shoe design company to launch new sneaker with sales benefiting Stax Music Academy

Pre-orders for the limited edition sneaker are currently open with the shoe itself being ready come March 2024.

Development News Tommy Pacello in 2016.

Tommy Pacello Placemaking Fellowship awards $15K to park project at this historic Memphis church

“It's a gift, not only to receive Pacelloship resources for a project in our friend Tommy's memory, but to know that turning one more bad patch of downtown asphalt (our staff parking lot) into a vibrant place for people would have brought the wide, irrepressible grin we miss so much to Tommy's face,” says the Rev. Scott Walters, rector of Calvary Episcopal Church.

Development News Training and certifications will be offered for high-demand jobs in the construction, logistics, manufacturing, and technology industries.

Memphis Chamber's new accelerated training center to offer career pathways for 1,000s of Memphians

“This center gives Memphis something we’ve never had before,” said Amity Schuyler, Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President of Workforce Development for the Chamber. “By training people faster for the jobs that are in the highest demand, we will not only expand access to prosperity but give advanced industries another incentive to choose to invest in our region.”

Development News The 901 Entrepreneurs Fellowship program has awarded a $65,000 stipend to three underrepresented Memphis entrepreneurs so they can grow their businesses and create more local jobs.

These three entrepreneurs won fellowships to help them grow their businesses in Memphis

“These fellowships may be the springboard that the awardees need to build businesses that, when scaled, have the potential to provide economic opportunities for the founders and good local jobs for Memphians,” says Jessica Taveau, president and CEO, Epicenter.

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What are our focus neighborhoods? 
Binghampton, The Edge, Frayser, The Heights, Hickory Hill, Klondike & Smokey City, Madison Heights, North Memphis, Orange Mound, South City, Soulsville, Uptown & The Pinch, The University District, and Whitehaven.
What is Solutions Journalism?

Many of High Ground's in-depth stories take an approach known as solutions journalism.

Solutions journalism:
  • explores challenges but focuses on responses—the solutions
  • asks for evidence—proof of need, success, & progress
  • asks complex questions—whys & hows
  • includes the voices of those most affected by challenges and solutions
We asks how challenges and responses affect Memphis' diverse communities and focus on neighborhoods and voices often excluded from these critical conversations.