United Way hosts partnership discussion meeting with Memphis City Schools, nonprofits, faith-based groups for greater student success

United Way Vice President of Community Impact Diane Bedwell (left) with Wayne Booker, Executive Director of the Department of Student Support with Memphis City Schools (standing, right)

Memphis City Schools (MCS) has shown an interest in partnering with youth-serving nonprofit agencies and faith-based groups to improve student success.

“We are currently working with Memphis City Schools in several arenas to strengthen their relationship with the social service and faith communities serving youth,” said Diana Bedwell, Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of the Mid-South.

Earlier this morning, United Way hosted a meeting to discuss an overview of the partnership and present a draft “memorandum of understanding” between MCS and community organizations. Attendees at the meeting reviewed the draft memorandum, asked questions and provided suggestions to refine the agreement.

Booker discussed the partnership and shared information about MCS resources with the nonprofit and faith group

There are opportunities for MCS and the nonprofit groups to move forward in developing a close partnership.  For agencies that want to work with MCS on supporting student academic skills, MCS has offered to provide partner / staff training on aligning out-of-school learning experiences with MCS curriculum and educational standards. MCS may also provide access to several web-based education programs and to additional data in the Student Educational Plan.

“This meeting was just the beginning of what we hope will be a great collaboration between community-based organizations and Memphis City Schools to support student academic success,” said Nefertiti Orrin, Graduation Success Coordinator with United Way.

“We will send e-mails to agencies and organizations about participating in this partnership with Memphis City Schools,” Bedwell said.

Participants from Memphis City Schools included Executive Director of the Department of Student Support Wayne Booker, and Director of Parent and Community Engagement (PACE), Rhoda Stigall.

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