Coffee & Conversations are virtual conversations with MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies where they have open and honest dialogue with differing organizations in the Memphis and Mid-South community. These conversations are meant to highlight many aspects of mentoring and encourage others to #JoinTheMovement. For this episode, we will be teaming up with Kenyatta Morris - Mentor Program Director at Memphis Athletic Ministries. Grab a cup of coffee and join the conversation LIVE on our Facebook page.
Curriculum - Facing History & Ourselves
The TEAM Mentor Program curriculum was developed for the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation in lead partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational and professional development organization. The 13-week curriculum includes a comprehensive mentor training to help achieve five desired outcomes:
- Increased involvement in school
- Reduced risk behavior
- Improved self-concept
- Increased positive behavior
- Increased opportunities for future potential
Theatre Project - Theatre Memphis
During the second semester, the TEAM Mentor scholars embark on projects designed to help them grow as individuals and as a team. 7th grade scholars work closely with Theatre Memphis directors, collaborating to script and perform a piece based on aspects of the curriculum. At the end of the program, each TEAM presents their original piece at the Showcase Finale event at Theatre Memphis.
Service Learning Projects - Local Community Organizations
The TEAM Mentor Program challenged scholars to create an event to benefit or continue the mission/goal of a local community organization. Scholars had to thoroughly plan the project from beginning to end and were responsible for taking on different roles such as; communication coordinator, event planner, marketing manager, presentation specialist, project manager and content developer. In previoius years, scholars chose community partners such as; Church Health, Clean Memphis, Salvation Army, American Red Cross etc. to work with.
The TEAM Mentor Program currently operates in six middle schools across Memphis:
A. Maceo Walker Middle School
1900 Raines Rd, Memphis, TN 38116
A. Maceo Walker mission is to ensure all students master state mandated standards, read with comprehension, write with clarity and compute with accuracy, while developing reasoning and problem-solving skills for college and career readiness.
School Liasion: Dr. Kevin Patterson
168 Jefferson Avenue; Memphis, TN 38103
Established in 2012, Grizzlies Prep serves an all-male student population of 5th – 8th graders. Grizzlies Prep is the only public charter school branded by an NBA team and one of only a few schools to grow students on average two grade levels per year.
School Liasion: LeGerald Collier
Hickory Ridge Middle School
3920 Ridgeway Rd, Memphis, TN 38115
Hickory Ridge Middle provides an enriched learning environment that has helped countless students learn, develop and grow. Our unparalleled curriculum and teaching methods help students take the next step in their education and approach the future with confidence.
School Liasion: Latresse Noel
Lester Prep Middle School
320 Carpenter St, Memphis, TN 38112
Lester Prep is a free public school primarily for families located in the Binghampton community. Lester Prep equips all students with the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed in college and to become leaders in the community.
School Liasion: Christy Bakke & Kayla Inclan
Soulsville Charter School
1115 College St, Memphis, TN 38106
Since opening its doors in the summer of 2005, The Soulsville Charter School (TSCS) has sought to serve its students by preparing them for college and life through an academically rigorous and musically rich culture.
School Liasion: Thomas Upchurch