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.
15 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.
The mission of Advance Memphis is to empower adults in South Memphis to break cycles of unemployment, establish economic stability, reconcile relationships, and restore dignity through knowledge, resources, and skills by the power of Jesus Christ.