POWERFUL VOICES FOR CHANGE
– THE MEMPHIS LIFT IS A MOVEMENT BY PARENTS AND FOR PARENTS –
WE ARE DEMANDING HIGH QUALITY SCHOOLS &
RADICAL CHANGES IN PUBLIC EDUCATION
  • THE FACTS
      • 55 of the 81 lowest performing schools in the state of Tennessee are in Memphis.
      • Only 1 in 6 children attending low-performing schools can read on grade level.
      • Only 2 out of 10 children can perform math on grade level.
      • Children are graduating with “certificates of completion” rather than high school diplomas and are not ready for college.
      • We believe all parents love their children and want them to receive the best possible education.

If you live in Memphis and are poor, you have very little chance of getting a quality education. Parents and grandparents living in poverty struggle to have stable housing and put food on the table. They assume if their child is going to school, he or she is getting a good education. Unfortunately, that’s often not true.

We educate, engage and empower parents. Here’s how:

 

PUBLIC ADVOCATE FELLOWSHIP educates parents and grandparents about the state of public education, the performance of our schools and the school choices you have. This knowledge empowers Fellowship graduates to use their voices to demand a high quality education for their children.

 

SURGE PARENT OUTREACH TEAM organizes and mobilizes. We go out into the community and knock on doors to build relationships. We welcome the community to join us for Memphis Mondays, Speaker Series, Book Club and Gladiator Training. We bring together hundreds of parents to attend meetings and protests so our voices are heard in a productive, organized and powerful way.

 

CHOICE COUNSELING guides parents and grandparents through the process of choosing the best school for their children. It provides help to find a better school if your child is attending a low-performing school. We also provide guidance and support if your child is attending a good school but having issues such as lack of respect or safety.

 

ALL SERVICES ARE FREE

“Our kids don’t have time to wait; we don’t have time to wait. We can’t keep burying our children because of lack of education.”
– Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director

#educate  #engage  #empower