Local Youth Present Ideas for Change at Youth Ignite Memphis Event

Posted by BRIDGES Web Team on Feb 17, 2015

Nine students representing various segments of the Greater Memphis community came together today at the Youth Ignite Memphis event hosted by BRIDGES to present their ideas on how to create real change in the Memphis community. The students were given a total of five minutes each to present their ideas to a crowd of more than 200 youth and adults.  The three presentations that received the most votes from the youth attendees received $200 to kick-start their youth initiative.

“We were so pleased with the level of thought and creativity that was put into the presentations by these students,” said Cynthia Ham president and CEO of BRIDGES. “All of them are winners today and they have shown us they are concerned about Memphis and they want to do their part to make this community a great place to live, work and play for everyone.”

The top three presentations selected by the youth were the following:

1.Youth Lift, presented by Josiah Hoss of Christian Life Tabernacle. This project will provide youth in the Frayser community a safe place to engage in recreational activities with the purpose of reducing youth violence.

2.Text Excite Transform, presented by Scout Davis of White Station Middle School.  The purpose of this project is raise funds for the Mid-South Food Bank’s Backpack Program and BRIDGES through a mobile phone text campaign.

3. Ignite Your Light, presented by India Burse of White Station High School.  The purpose of this project is to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and give youth an outlet to express their artistic abilities by hosting a benefit concert that will include all youth performers.

The Bridge Builders CHANGE students will document the implementation of the projects over the next several months on their blog at thememphisflow.wordpress.com. To see a video summary of the event please click here.