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Kenny L
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Final Update - A great success!

the project

How much do you know about your neighborhood's history? The people who used to live there? Events that may have happened there? The businesses? The schools? 

Through the Neighborhood History Project, the Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) partners with grassroots organizations in two Memphis neighborhoods - South Memphis and Highland Heights - to provide high-school-aged youth the opportunity to spend their summer learning their neighborhoods' stories. Our Neighborhood History youth interns work with college students at the Crossroads to Freedom initiative at Rhodes College to learn how to conduct original research, collect video oral histories, and archive historical materials on the Crossroads digital archive.

At the end of the summer, they share what they've learned at a Neighborhood History Celebration, where their family, friends, and neighbors come together to learn about and celebrate their shared history.

We have offered the Neighborhood History Project every summer since 2013, and we've seen how transformative this experience is for the youth interns, for the adults who are interviewed, and for their communities.

Thank you so much for your support!  

To learn more about our many project partners, click here: 

South Memphis Shalom Zone

The Corners of Highland Heights Shalom Zone

Knowledge Quest

Crossroads to Freedom

the steps

The Neighborhood History Project is a 6-week summer internship program. CTC will work with our project partners throughout the month of May to recruit youth for the program, who will attend an orientation session on June 10, then begin work the following week. 

On Mondays and Fridays they will join the Crossroads to Freedom fellows at Rhodes College for training in research methods, archiving, and other technical skills. On Wednesdays they will be in their neighborhoods conducting video oral history interviews and visiting historical sites. 

The program will conclude the week of July 18, when the youth interns host a Neighborhood History Celebration in both neighborhoods. 

why we're doing it

Memphis is a city with a rich history - a history that is rooted in our neighborhoods. Yet so many of us live our whole lives without ever exploring that history. 

The Neighborhood History Project provides young people in two of our most historic neighborhoods - South Memphis and Highland Heights - with the resources and skills that they need to explore their neighborhoods' histories, and to share those stories with us. 

This is a tremendous learning opportunity for the youth interns, who walk away with new skills in: 




Video editing

Web design




They also leave the program with a deeper understanding of their place and how the past informs where we are today -- and where we might go tomorrow. And through the Neighborhood History Celebrations they share that understanding with all of us. 


DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 5/23/16):

RAISED = $3,605.00
ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
 Payment Processing Fee (3%) $103.98

Expense Amount Notes
South Memphis Youth Intern Stipends  $750.00 Assuming 5 youth
Highland Heights Youth Stipends  $450.00 Assuming 3 youth
Program coordination (Staff)  $1,920.00 Part-time, 20 hours per week
End of summer celebrations  $450.00 $225 each
Total  $3,570.00  



ioby Project Budget  
Intern Stipends  $    3,000.00
Intern Lunches  $    2,820.00
Neighborhood History Celebrations (Food, publicity, venue)  $        800.00
Field trips  $        500.00
Supplies  $        250.00
Program facilities - South Memphis  $        500.00
Program facilities - Highland Heights  $        500.00
On-site supervision (Staff)  $        600.00
Transportation  $    2,000.00
Total:   $  10,970.00

SUBTOTAL = $11,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
Payment Processing Fee of 3%  $330
TOTAL TO RAISE = $11,365


In-kind donations:

In-Kind Contributions from Program Partners  
CTC in-kind admin and program coordination  $    7,440.00
 Crossroads in-kind admin and program coordination, plus college student stipends   $  50,000.00
Knowledge Quest in-kind admin and program coordination (Ms. Scruggs, additional facilities costs, additional transportation costs)  $    4,000.00



Final Update - A great success!

Hello ioby supporters, 

I just wanted to post one final update, letting you know that we wrapped up the Neighborhood History Project for the summer of 2016. You can read a little more about this summer by visiting the Center for Transforming Communities blog, here:!The-Neighborhood-History-Project-Documentin...

You can also check out the websites our youth interns worked on this summer. For the South Memphis team, visit this link:

For Highland Heights, visit this link:

Again, thank you so much for your support! 



Thank you and Project Launch!



I know it has been several weeks since we've posted an update - It's been a very busy time over here at CTC, with lots of preparation for the Neighborhood History Project thrown into the mix. 

First, I want to say thank you, again, to all of our supporters for making it possible for us to offer this opportunity again this summer. If you want to hear a little more about the origins of this project and how its had an impact over the years, you can listen to our radio interview with the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club Radio Hour by following this link.

Today is the first day of the Neighborhood History Project for our youth interns. I met them at Rhodes this morning, and you could feel the energy and excitement as they gathered and prepared for the summer. 

We have 3 youth interns from Highland Heights, 3 youth interns from South Memphis, and 1 youth who both lives in Highland Heights and has family roots in South Memphis. 

Please follow along with their progress and accomplishments on social media - you can visit CTC's Facebook Page or follow us on twitter at You can also follow along with the Crossroads Fellows at their Facebook page.




Thank you and new blog post

A big thank you to everyone who has stepped forward to support this project in our first weeks of fundraising. We really appreciate you! 

On Friday last week, Center for Transforming Communities posted a new blog post about the Neighborhood History Project. Sumi Montgomery, who is now on staff at CTC, worked for 3 years as a Crossroads Fellow with the Neighborhood History Project. In the blog, she reflects on her experiences and how they influenced her passion for Memphis and working with Memphis neighborhoods. You can read more here.


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