The youth & children in our society are integral to the community. They represent the future, and protecting and nourishing them is critical in advancing Memphis as a whole. This is why effective youth programs are vital to the Shelby County community. The Social Exchange presents 10 local nonprofits that run effective, beneficial youth programs that you can assist.
The environment is one of our most valuable collective assets, and it is crucial that we care for it to the best of our ability. Here are some of the top organizations in the Memphis area you can get involved with to help work towards a cleaner and safer environment.
Standing in front of Southwest Tennessee Community College off Union Avenue in Midtown Memphis, Margaret Cook led a group of protestors in the chant Tennessee is not for sale! Cook is the vice president of the Memphis branch, the union for staff & faculty of public higher education in Tennessee.
In America today, massive inequalities still exist between women and men. Women often receive less pay in the workplace compared to their male counterparts, have men chosen over them during the hiring process (many employers worry about hiring a woman because of the chance of pregnancy), and are still disadvantaged throughout society.
We are happy to announce that the SocialX Tech team just launched our first Kickstarter to raise money for our mobile application GiveUp!. This application is expected to revolutionize the relationship between nonprofits, responsible businesses, and communities around the country. By using AI and machine learning, the application is able to pair users with nonprofits in their area that align with their interests and desire to give back. Consumers will also see socially-conscious businesses they would be interested in supporting, and have the ability to rate businesses based on their social responsibility.
Experts consistently say that the foundation for upward mobility and higher earning potential lies in the hands of a quality education. Unfortunately, Memphis Public Schools consist of some of the worst-rated schools in the nation, and many institutions do not receive proper funding or attention from the government to be able to provide for their students. Schools, especially the ones in our community, need help from us so that every child has the chance to receive an excellent education and all that comes with it. Here are some ways you can help combat this issue.
Over half a million people currently struggle with homelessness in the US alone and Memphis is no exception. According to Community Alliance for the Homeless, 130 families rely on an emergency shelter or transitional housing in Memphis, and close to 1,000 students in Shelby County Schools are considered homeless according to The Commerical Appeal. This is a heartbreaking number, and it begs the question: What can we do to help the homeless in Memphis?
On a hot afternoon at the corner of Springdale and Howell in North Memphis, a small group of protesters stood outside the Top Shop Stop expressing their concerns of how the corner store has negatively impacted the surrounding community. These protesters represent the Rise Up North Memphis initiative, a program backed by the Black Lives Matter Memphis organization.
On April 7th, 2018 at the Levitt Shell, The Social Exchange will be hosting a 5th Anniversary music & art festival for The Bridge. That's right, the one and only Levitt Shell, site of one of Elvis' greatest performances! So many thanks to this amazing venue for making our event possible.
On February 24th, our team traveled to Washington D.C. to shoot photo and video for GW Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy at The George Washington University! We had a great time making miracles happen for the kids at Childrens National Health System. GW Dance Marathon reached a milestone of $500,000 raised in 5 years at Saturday's event.