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Advance Memphis

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid


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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

Advance Memphis is a wonderful ministry. Steve Nash and his staff have made a huge difference for the city of Memphis. They are changing lives with their financial literacy programs and job training classes. It has been a pleasure to get to know Steve and his fellow workers. I can't say enough good things about Advance!!!!!!


Board Member

Rating: 5

AdVance Memphis is a success story. Through the efforts and strong commitment of Steve Nash and his amazing and dedicated staff, AdVance Memphis is putting people in poverty to work and on the road to financial freedom. By focusing on the people in one neighborhood and their individual journeys, AdVance has achieved success that few economic development agencies can match. They have worked hard to get to know the neighbors and the neighborhood and their reputation there sets them apart. I cannot say enough good things about this amazing organization.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Advance Memphis is an established non-profit whose entire staff is devoted to advancing the kingdom one relationship at a time within the community. It is amazing to see the lives touched by Advance Memphis. Not only are lives touched within the community but also those that volunteer to serve with Advance. The building of relationships with the people of the community has really begun to transform the community as they seek hope and purpose for their lives. It has been amazing to see and hear different people within the community tell their story of how their lives have been changed by something/someone from Advance. I'm excited to be a part of a program that stays focused on serving others and fostering relationships that mean something.


Board Member

Rating: 5

When I got involved at Advance Memphis several years ago, I naively believed that I would have a lot to offer the organization. On the contrary, the organization ended up teaching me and offering me so much. The staff and participants have done wonders to change my perspective about injustice and how to love and serve our under-resourced brothers and sisters. In my opinion, the greatest thing about Advance is the high standards that are set by the staff and the example that they are for the participants. The result has been a culture of excellence. Everything they do, they do thoroughly and do it well. There needs to be more groups like Advance, chipping away at systemic poverty - one relationship at a time. Best of all, everything they do is through the grid of a Gospel worldview.