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Spring TRAINING opportunities for 7th-12th graders:
Monday, January 23rd  4:30pm-7:30pm at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105) 100 spots available
Bridge Builders will develop unique connections with each other through communication and team building activities.

Friday, January 27th  4:30pm-7:30pm at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105) 100 spots available
Bridge Builders will develop unique connections with each other through communication and team building activities.

Elective opportunities:
Saturday, January 14th  4:00pm-6:00pm
7th-12th Youth Ignite Memphis at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105)
Youth Ignite Memphis is an event seeking to elevate youth-led social change in the Memphis community. Organized by the Memphis Youth Union, selected presenters will advocate for their movements and ideas in order incite change, which will be voted on by those attending the event. It is a meaningful way to connect with other passionate youth, add your voice to a diverse number of social justice campaigns, and  join the youth-led, change-seeking movement. 150 spots available.

Wednesday, January 18th  7:00pm-9:15pm
7th-12th Upstander Film Series: The Interrupters (1934 Poplar Ave., 38105)
Hoop Dreams filmmaker Steve James delivers a moving and surprising story of three individuals who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Filming over the course of a year, he follows Ameena, Cobe and Eddie as they undergo journeys of hope and redemption during a period marked by high-profile incidents including the brutal beating of high schooler Derrion Albert, whose death was caught on videotape.
The Interrupters documents the year that Chicago emerged as a national symbol for the violence in American cities. It takes viewers into a myriad of troubled communities on Chicago’s South Side described as the “Black Belt,” where gangs like the Gangster Disciples and the Black P Stones reign supreme. There, members of an innovative organization called CeaseFire, an initiative of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention, treat the spread of violence like scientists treat the spread of infectious diseases: They go after the most infected, and strive to stop the infection at its source.  20 spots available.

Wednesday, January 25th  6:30pm-8:30pm
7th-12th  Upstander Film Series: What Tomorrow Brings at Brooks Museum (1934 Poplar Ave., 38105)
In Afghanistan today, there is no social issue more controversial than women’s rights. And nothing cuts to the heart of the matter more than the education of young girls because nothing so radically threatens to change a deeply patriarchal society than rising generations of educated women.
As recounted in What Tomorrow Brings, in 2009, when Razia Jan, a visionary and fearless educator, arrived in the war-blasted village of Deh’Subz to open the Zabuli Education Center, she placed herself at the center of her country’s turmoil. She faced families and village elders hostile to female education, threats (and nearby examples) of Taliban violence against schools for girls and the haunting question of what would happen when U.S. forces withdrew. To sustain herself, she had her own resourcefulness, the passion of her teachers and, perhaps most surprisingly in a conservative rural setting, the free-spirited determination of the girls themselves to get an education.
The film is a powerful example of what happens when learning extends far beyond reading, writing and arithmetic. Here, girls have the space to dream of—and pursue—a life different from the one they were born into. One of the most striking features is the daily joy, curiosity and intellectual engagement of the girls in school—and the defiant or impish ruses they sometimes use to get there.“Nobody has the right to prevent girls from getting an education,” Razia tells her students. “If you were home you’d be washing clothes and sweeping. Your family would think of you like this flower. Theirs to protect or destroy. But this flower says, ‘Here I stand. Strong. Even if you try to destroy me I will bloom again and I will be beautiful.’” 20 spots available.

COMMUNITY ACTION opportunities:
Monday, January 16th  9:30am-12:00pm
7th-12th Trail Blazing Dumping & Clean Up in the Medical District at Carnes Garden (916 J.W. Williams, 38105)
On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, come volunteer in the Medical District neighborhood to bring life, nature and community to an area struggling with high levels of blight and few green spaces. We will be creating a nature trail and helping beautify the neighborhood by planting trees and clearing trash and debris. 50 spots available.

Monday, January 16th  1:30pm-4:00pm
7th-12th Trail Blazing Dumping & Clean Up in the Medical District at Carnes Garden (916 J.W. Williams, 38105)
On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, come volunteer in the Medical District neighborhood to bring life, nature and community to an area struggling with high levels of blight and few green spaces. We will be creating a nature trail and helping beautify the neighborhood by planting trees and clearing trash and debris. 50 spots available.

Saturday, January 28th  3:00pm-5:00pm
7th-12th Know Your Rights: Sexual Harassment & Assault at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th, 38105)
The Bridge Builders CHANGERS will lead a workshop that discovers victims rights, prevention methods, and spreads awareness of Sexual Violence. 30 spots available.