Leadership Memphis - Clean Memphis Mobilize 350 Residents to Serve on King Holiday

Posted by: Andrew Bartolotta at  Monday, January 19, 2015

350 Memphis residents stepped up and served their communities on the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Volunteers collaborated with Leadership Memphis and Clean Memphis across eight local Shelby County Schools to clear their path to and from their way home.

Volunteers include area Shelby County Schools students, Leadership Memphis alumni, and community advocates.

“Today we answer Dr. King’s call to serve and are making an impact in the lives of local residents,” said Jacqueline Oselen, Programs Coordinator at Leadership Memphis. “A resourceful way to meet local needs, volunteer service is a powerful tool that builds strong communities. We are putting the core American principles of citizenship and service into action.”

 Leadership Memphis and Clean Memphis planned a day of service that leveraged the strength of local citizens to help tackle local problems including littering and advance King’s dream of opportunity for all. The 350 volunteers spread across eight area high schools that are a part of Leadership Memphis’ SUCCESS High Schools action initiative, which include: Melrose, Carver, Fairley, Hamilton, Kirby, East, Trezevant, and Kingsbury high schools.

“With Leadership Memphis SUCCESS High Schools, we not only prepare students for college and careers with our Executive Program, we also mobilize their classes for civic engagement across multiple community service opportunities. Partnering with Clean Memphis gives students a chance to see the impact of environmental responsibility,” said Andrew Bartolotta, marketing and communications coordinator for Leadership Memphis.

Students enjoyed fellowship, collaborating with their peers, and impacting the community they live in on their day off from school.

George Washington Carver High School Junior and Leadership Carver member, Donisha M. explained, "I think it's important to give back in my community because i've been in this neighborhood for twelve years and it's where I go to school and live."

Leadership Memphis infuses 80 local community leaders in their Executive Program into 8 SUCCESS High Schools annually to increase the post-secondary continuation rate for these schools and expose students to industry professionals.

"It's important for the Leadership Clubs to operate outside the scope of the schools because as future leaders, these are the areas they represent and it's important they come back and help build the communities that helped them succeed. Projects like this help them realize the importance of it," said Jason Farmer, Leadership Memphis 2015 Executive Program member.

View additional photos from MLK Day here.

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