Action Initiatives


For over 35 years, Leadership Memphis has empowered the community to step up with our signature leadership programs. Recently, we've extended our organizations mission by implementing various action initiatives to help enhance our city economically and socially by increasing the number of adults who have college degrees and to ensure that high school graduates further their education and training beyond high school. In addition, Volunteer Memphis is the regional Volunteer Center and local affiliate of the HandsOn Network and Points Of Light, the world's leading volunteer organization founded by former President George H.W. Bush.




Since 1975, Volunteer Memphis has been working to develop, promote, and support volunteerism in the Greater Memphis Area.  
In 2015, then named Volunteer Mid-South, was acquired by Leadership Memphis, where our expertise in matching volunteers with opportunities is married effectively with efforts to build a great Memphis by training and equipping great leaders. Find volunteer opportunities, participate in our volunteer leadership training programs, or have your business join the Corporate Volunteer Council by visiting our website below.




The Memphis Talent Dividend is a collaborative action initiative of Leadership Memphis with over 100 community partners and is a leader in post-secondary education advocacy, communication, and coordination.
Research from Chicago-based CEOs for Cities indicates that 58 percent Recognizing the need and opportunity, Leadership Memphis launched the Memphis Talent Dividend: College Attainment Initiative (MTD) to increase the number of college graduates by one percentage point - from 23.7% to 24.7% - over the next five years, resulting in a $1 Billion economic impact for our community. MTD is a collaboration of more than 100 stakeholders in the eight-county Memphis metro area working together on this single mission. The creation of the MTD also allows Memphis to compete with over 50 U.S. cities for the CEOs for Cities Talent Dividend Prize - $1 million to the metropolitan area that exhibits the greatest increase in the number of post-secondary degrees granted per capita over a three-year period. For more information visit the MTD website below.





Graduate Memphis, an action initiative of Leadership Memphis is a comprehensive, free service center for adults seeking to successfully return or start and complete a post-secondary education program. Generously funded by The Plough Foundation, the College Resource Center, hosted in the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library is home to the Graduate Memphis advisors who assist adults, free of charge, with college and post-secondary advising services.





The goal of the SUCCESS High School Initiative is to increase the post-secondary continuation rate of nearly 7,000 students in eight high schools over a 5-year period.  The action initiative is implemented in East, Fairley, Hamilton, Kingsbury, Melrose, George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington and Trezevant High Schools.   The Leadership Club and the Graduation Advisory Program (GAP) are the primary components of this initiative.

What We Do 

The Leadership Club 2014 is a leadership-service club that works with students to accomplish the following:

- Strengthen student success with resources and support in five key areas: FAFSA completion, applying for scholarships, applying for post-secondary college & career options, community service and taking college entrance exams.

- Build leadership through structured activities and service opportunities within the school and  the community.

- Develop a post-secondary plan that will guide completion of high school and  provide a guide for a college or career path following graduation

- Develop skills vital for school and for life

The Graduation Advisory Program (GAP) provides direct engagement with all Seniors in the graduating class who opt-in to participate. GAP is designed to give the student a source of information in order to pursue life goals, whether it is college, trade school, the military or a career.  The students will begin to develop an individualized post-secondary plan by completing the FASFA, a college entrance exam (ACT/SAT), college applications & scholarship applications and by performing community service. Advisors are available at no charge to answer questions and help resolve challenges encountered after high school graduation.


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