Why should we care?
SCS’s ability to provide a quality, equitable education is being undercut by high teacher turnover and year-long teaching vacancies, as well as significant maintenance deficiencies within the schools, all of which leads to higher financial, educational, and health costs. A lack of access to wraparound services provided by qualified social workers, psychologists, and nurses inhibits the successful treatment of trauma or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). Abuse, neglect, and trauma significantly increase the likelihood of suspensions, juvenile criminal behavior, and incarceration. With a median age four years below the national average, Memphis’s population can support economic development, but only if we provide children in our community access to opportunities and support.
Partnering for power. Acting for justice.
Our Three Pillars
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Inadequate support for educators, antiquated buildings, and insufficient resources are a few issues that our Education Equity Task Force advocates against. Learn more about our work here!
In order for Memphis to attain profound economic growth, we must address the underlying issues that have historically undermined the commercial well-being for communities of color. Learn more about our Economic Equity Task Force here!
Currently, there is disproportionate minority treatment in policing, the court and penal system, and formerly incarcerated residents re-entering the community. Learn more about what work our Race & Class Equity Task Force is doing here!