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Advance Memphis

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Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: TO FOSTER SOCIAL & ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE CLEABORN-FOOTE NEIGHBORHOOD OF INNER-CITY MEMPHIS.

Results: Number of grads: Goal: 128 || Actual: 120 Number of new employers: Goal: 20 || Actual: 22 Number of grads employed: Goal: 80 || Actual: 135 Number of IDAs opened: Goal: 27 || Actual: 17 Number of Volunteer Hours: Goal: 850 || Actual: 1943

Geographic areas served: Inner City Memphis

Programs: Jobs for life - participants attend a 6 week soft skills job training class to assist them in preparing and searching for, obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment, helping 95 people find permanent jobs in the community. The program also includes financial management curriculum as well as a computer literacy course.

staffing service program - graduates of the organization's jobs for life program are eligilble to participate as an employee in the staffing service program, as these individuals look to build upon the lessons and skills learned during the jobs for life program. Participants of the advance memphis staffing service program are placed with area businesses on a temporary basis. 272 graduates were employed throughout the year.

outsourcing program - the organization's provides graduates of the jobs for life program with opportunities for on-the-job application of the skills and concepts learned in jobs for life.

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As a result from being a rebellious teenager, I became an alcoholic/addict with a criminal record. I came to a point in my life where I just didn't want to live anymore. I eventually fell to my knees and asked God for forgiveness and guidance. After completing a drug/alcohol treatment program, I was faced with discouragement when I began searching for employment. Not having any skills, along with having a criminal background, I was getting nowhere fast. I was referred to Advance Memphis and the Jobs for Life/Financial Freedom program. I learned basic computer skills to produce my resume and find job leads through net-working and the internet posting boards. I went through mock interviews and was taught how to develop a spending plan. Throughout the program, I was inspired and encouraged to seek a closer relationship with God. I now have a job that I love and have the chance to practice my new ability to be a good steward with the income that I have been blessed with. I have also learned to not search for happiness, to search for right living and happiness will be my reward. I thank Advance Memphis, the employees and all of the volunteers.