A New Voice: Memphis Students Are Partners in Effort to Improve Public Education

Posted by michael on Apr 08, 2014

(Memphis – Huffington Post) —  As local school districts seek to produce better outcomes for students, at least one district is thinking about students not merely as those on the receiving end of reform, but as allies in bringing it about.  The Memphis schools face huge challenges. In 2012, the state of Tennessee identified the lowest performing five percent of schools statewide — and 69 of the 83 schools were in Memphis. Last November, with ambitious school reform efforts underway, a group of student activists won their long fight for a bigger student voice in the operation of the school system when the board of education approved a plan for

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Building BRIDGES

Posted by michael on Mar 25, 2014

(Memphis – nylc.org) — At MONUMENTAL, the 25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference®, there will be a plethora of remarkable educators, organizations, and speakers that will change the way you think about service-learning and education in general. Just one of the outstanding organizations that will be in attendance is BRIDGES, a nonprofit based in Memphis, Tenn., that has been developing leadership skills and diversity appreciation — with an emphasis on community transformation — for 26 years.  BRIDGES, through their signature program called “Bridge Builders”, serves students in 6th-12th grade by challenging them to create programs to engender social and educational innovation and then to implement them in creative ways. According to

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BRIDGES Welcomes New Members to Board of Trustees

Posted by michael on Jan 31, 2014

The staff and current members of the BRIDGES Board of Trustees are happy to welcome four new members — Samuel King, John Lacy, Richard White and Webb Wilson. Samuel King is the senior vice president of Mid-South Diversity Banking/Business Banking Divisions for First Tennessee and he’s currently a Bridge Builders parent. John Lacy is the vice president of Human Resources and the Center for Training and Organizational Development for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation. Richard White is the vice president of Properties and Business Development for the Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority and he’s a Bridge Builders parent. Webb Wilson is the vice president of Kemmons Wilson, Inc. and an alumnus of the

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Effort to Have Voices Heard Pays Off For Bridge Builders CHANGE SCS Board of Education Approves Policy That Establishes District-Wide Student Congress

Posted by michael on Dec 02, 2013

Students from the Bridge Builders® CHANGE program were able to enjoy the fruit of their labor Tuesday evening when the Shelby County Board of Education voted to approve a policy that will allow SCS students to establish a district-wide Student Congress as a mechanism for increasing students’ voices in the district.  The policy, which applies to 8th grade middle school students and 11th and 12th grade high school students, is expected to enhance the educational experience of students and allow the Board to gain greater insight into educational needs from the student’s point of view.    Bridge Builders CHANGE students began working with other youth oriented organizations on the idea

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