2014 annual review

12
Dec

WHAT WE DID THIS YEAR: OUTCOMES, PROGRESS, CHANGE

2014 in REVIEW

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 In 2014, Advance Memphis, together with over 240 volunteers, 14 staff members, dozens of donors, and an
amazing community of participants, operated programs that brought opportunity and change to 38126.

LEARNING: Jobs for Life, GED/HSE, Electives

  • 95 neighborhood residents graduated from Jobs for Life this year, completing 6 weeks of soft skill job training, including resume creation, mock interviews, goal setting, and much more.
  • give with more15 students received their GED/High School Equivalencies in 2014. The test is more difficult this year, resulting in lower pass rates nationwide. Even so, Advance boasts a 68% pass rate, compared with a 53% national rate and a 60% rate at our local testing center.
  • 48 participants received counseling, working to overcome depression and other emotional roadblocks to employment. Each client averages about 2.3 sessions and we’re averaging 2 crisis sessions per month.
  • 211 individuals attended an Overcoming through Christ addiction recovery meeting this year. 37 of those attended 3 or more meetings, working consistently to face their addictions.
  • Electives were offered for the first time this year: 34 participants completed Anger Management class and 32 participants completed Touch, Talk, Read, Play, the Urban Childhood Institute’s curriculum for parents and guardians.

WORKING: Employment and Staffing

  • 101 grads have started temp jobs this year. 26 of these were then transferred into permanent positions.
  • Another 31 graduates were hired directly into permanent positions.
  • Those surveyed (approx. 1/3 of the year’s graduates) reported an average wage of $8.81, 21% above minimum wage.
  • Grads working through the Advance Memphis Staffing Program have earned $850,000.

SAVING: Faith & Finances, IDAs

  • 27 students completed Faith & Finances (7 above our goal), earning a personal finance education AND the right to open an Individual Development Account (matched savings).
  • 15 students opened IDAs this year and 3 saved enough to purchase cars.
  • 9 of the participants who opened accounts this year are still saving.
  • For the first time, our staff trained other organizations to offer Faith & Finances, training 19 individuals from Memphis, the Mid-South, Atlanta, and further.

WORKING FOR COMMUNITY CHANGE

  • 15 students completed LAUNCH (training for entrepreneurs) and, as a direct result, at least 12 of those grads have started or solidified businesses and have made sales since completing class. Most of these businesses operate from 38126, some employ residents.
  • An average of 9 grads participated in monthly meetings of the newly formed Yours & Mine
  • Community Association, hosting picnics, neighborhood clean-ups, and Breakfast with Santa.
  • The Advance Memphis Community Garden continues to thrive, serving as a place for community building, an outdoor classroom for Jobs for Life, and a small business incubator…look for more from the garden in 2015!

WE STRIVE TO REFLECT THE HOPE OF THE COMING KINGDOM OF GOD IN 38126 THROUGH
TRANSFORMATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.