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High Ground News: Leadership Memphis is helping high schoolers get to college, and you can help

the project

Through a generous dollar for dollar match by the Turley Family Foundation, Leadership Memphis plans to raise $50,000 and take 400 Shelby County high school students on local and regional college and career tours in the summer of 2015.

 

With your help, we can achieve this goal and help students prepare and plan for their post-secondary option(s) that will lead to a good job.  Please donate today and tell others how they can help a student strive for success.  It costs $45 to take a student on a local college and career tour and $450 for a regional 3-day/2-night college and career tour.  For each donation of $22.50, which is then matched by the Turley Family Foundation, we can send one student on a local tour.  For each donation of $225, which is then matched by the Turley Family Foundation, we can send one student on a regional tour. You can make a difference when you donate and when you encourage others to do the same.

 

the steps

Leadership Memphis has received a 1:1 crowdfunding match up to $25,000 from the Turley Family Foundation to take 400 high school students on local and regional college and career tours. With the $25,000 1:1 match, we plan to raise $50,000 for the tours. The project timeline is as follows:

Crowdfunding Period: January - March 1, 2015

Day of Service Event (Crowdfunding Community Kick-off): January 19, 2015

Unwined: Alumni Mixer Event: February 19, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Local On The Square

Henry Turley Presents Check at Leadership Luncheon Awards: March 4, 2015 at Hilton Ridgeway Hotel

Students embark on College & Career Tours: Early June 2015

why we're doing it

44% of Shelby County School students who graduated in 2014 did not enroll in a post-secondary opportunity. That's nearly 6,000 students left behind once they graduate high school.

 

 

In coordination with Shelby County School's Goal 2025: 80/90/100 plan, Leadership Memphis' action initiative, SUCCESS High Schools is implemented in eight high schools - East, Fairley, George Washington Carver, Hamilton, Kingsbury, Kirby, Melrose and Trezevant - with the goal to increase the post-secondary continuation rate for these schools. SUCCESS infuses 400 Executives over a 5-year period to positively impact nearly 7,000 students. The Leadership Club and the Graduation Advisory Program (GAP) are the primary components of this initiative.

budget

Thanks to a 1:1 crowdfunding match from the Turley Family Foundation, they have agreed to match up to $25,000 that we raise through our crowdfunding campaign. Every dollar you give will be matched.

 

We plan to take 400 high school juniors and seniors on local and regional college and career tours.

It costs $45 for each of the 320 students going on the local college and career tours which includes transportation, visit, and meal.

It costs $450 for each of the 80 students going on regional college and career tours which includes lodging, transportation, meals, and any additional costs.

 

With the 1:1 Turley Family Foundation match:

  • $22.50 - donation needed to send 1 student on a local college and career tour
  • $225 - donation needed to send 1 student on a regional college and career tour

SUBTOTAL =

$25,000

ioby Platform Fee 

$35

3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%)

$750

TOTAL TO RAISE =

$25,785

TOTAL TO RAISE + MATCH =

$50,785

 

DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 4/3/15):

RAISED =

53,937.00

ioby Platform Fee 

35.00

3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%)

1,569.96

TOTAL TO DISBURSE =

52,332.04

 

updates

High Ground News: Leadership Memphis is helping high schoolers get to college, and you can help

 

 

 

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Leadership Memphis is working to raise $25,000 to send 400 Shelby County high school students on local and regional college and career tours this summer. And through a generous dollar for dollar match by the Turley Family Foundation, that $25,000 will instantly become the needed $50,000.

The impact of these tours for students' futures is undeniable. "Many high school juniors and seniors have no concept of what a 2-year or 4-year college, or even a vocational school, are, and they don't know what is required to apply and be accepted," said David Williams, President and CEO at Leadership Memphis.

Educating students on their post-secondary options not only creates a brighter future for them; it boosts our city's overall workforce. Development of Memphis' workforce requires more young people earning more degrees and credentials. "We know that 44 percent of Shelby County School students who graduated in 2014 did not enroll in a post-secondary opportunity. That's nearly 6,000 students left behind once they graduated high school. Our youth deserve better," said Williams. "College and career tours are a proven, highly effective way to inform students about their post-high school aspirations."

It costs $45 to take one student on a local college and career tour and $450 to take one student on a 3-day/2-night regional college and career tour.  So for $22.50 someone in the community can sponsor one student for a local tour, and for $225 someone can sponsor one student for a regional tour. For every dollar raised before March 1, 2015 the Turley Family Foundation will match it with another dollar, so now is the time to throw in your support.
 

Action News 5: A Better Mid-South Segment

Editorial by WMC Action News 5 General Manager Tracey Rogers:

We know a number of students who attend Shelby County Schools do not have the funds or resources to visit colleges or universities.

Forty-four percent of Shelby County School students who graduated in 2014 did not continue their education. That's nearly 6,000 students. That's why a recent fund drive caught my attention.

It's called the Expanding Horizons College and Career Tours.

This effort is being led by Leadership Memphis and the goal is to raise $50,000 to take 400 Shelby County high school students on local and regional college and career tours this summer.

The donations being raised are being matched by the Turley Family Foundation.

If you want to take action on this important effort, go to Facebook and like my page, A Better Mid-South. For information about how to donate, click here.

Providing a leg up for students to pursue education after high school will make this A Better Mid-South.

WREG: Local Group Raising Money for College Tours

 

as seen on WREG - News Channel 3: Going to college or technical school is a major decision. Thanks to the Tennessee Promise, the state is footing the bill for two years, and more kids than ever are making these decisions.

“Many of them have not stepped foot on a college campus,” Jacqueline Oselen with Leadership Memphis said.

 

The group works with eight high schools in Shelby county. They call it the success zone, and they want kids in at East, Fairley, George Washington Carver, Hamilton, Kingsbury, Kirby, Melrose, and Trezevant high schools to be prepared when it comes time to make their choice for secondary education.

 

Tennessee Promise officials say one of the most important steps of going to college or technical school is visiting the campus and making sure it’s the right fit for you, so Leadership Memphis is raising money to help make that a reality for families who can’t afford it.

 

Eight-thousand students in Shelby County applied for the Tennessee Promise, and Leadership Memphis hopes to take 400 of them out in the field to see what works for them. But these trips cost money: $40 per kid for a local visit, and $400 for a weekend tour.

 

Oselen said, “It puts them in the mind frame of ‘wow, I can see myself doing this, wow, this is a real possibility.'”

 

The weekend trips are meant for kids who show potential, but don’t have the means to do it on their own time.

 

“The average student who doesn’t really know, what happens to my life after high school?” Oselen said.

 

They’re focusing on the junior class, kids who are just getting started on their applications and making decisions about their majors.

 

“It also gives them options in terms of what’s a realistic career field based on what they are good at doing and based on what they like,” Oselen said.

 

The tours begin in May after spring break, but the group needs to raise about $20,000 in order to make this happen. They’re hopeful the community will step in and make an investment in the future generations.

Expanding Horizons College Tours on various blogs

At this point, we've almost reached the $10,000 mark with the help of so many of our friends and alumni. 

An easy way to share this campaign with your friends if you're a writer, is to post a blog post about the campaign.

Thanks to Mike Bowen, Leadership Memphis Development Chair and President and CEO of T-Shirt Champions, for his blog post on the importance of raising this $50,000. Read it and share it with your friends→ Connections, Trust, Education, and Success

 

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