Upcoming Youth Advocacy Program Session at Carver!

On Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 8:30am-9:45am we will hold our final Youth Advocacy Program Group Mentoring Session of the semester along with Project STAND at Carver High School (1591 Pennsylvania Avenue).

This session, Carver students will present community advocacy statements to our group and take suggestions for improvement while brainstorming creative ways to publicize their community statements.   You truly don’t want to miss this session–come show Carver youth support!  

If you plan to attend this session and/or need the specific instructions for the Session, please email pjmimemphis@gmail.com letting us know that you plan to attend.  All attending Project MI members must have completed Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) Orientation & Training.  If you did not attend the YAP Orientation & Training in person, but would like to attend any of our group mentoring sessions at Carver, please do the following:

  1. Watch the YAP Orientation & Training Videos here (Parts 1-7).
  2. Email pjmimemphis@gmail.com indicating what sessions you plan to attend (see below) and swearing that you completed the above YAP Orientation & Training Videos Parts 1-7; and
  3. Complete this Shelby County School Volunteer Application/Screening Form and bring it with you to the event, or email to pjmimemphis@gmail.com.

Please email pjmimemphis@gmail.com with any questions.

Thank you for your dedication to our youth!

Call for Youth Organizations: Youth Leadership & Activism Summit

Project MI is busy planning our First Annual Youth Leadership & Activism Summit, “My City, My Voice,” co-sponsored by LeMoyne Owen College and the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office.  Save the date!  This FREE Summit will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 9am-4:30pm at LeMoyne Owen College.

The highlight of the program is a listening session that will invite youth to discuss their challenges and questions along with Memphis elected officials and other leaders in a moderated solution-driven forum.   If you know of youth groups or organizations (aged 14-18) that might benefit from this listening session and the below planned summit programming, please drop the organization name in the comments, or email pjmimemphis@gmail.com with a contact for the youth organization so we can be sure to invite them.

Thanks so much!

Planned Programming:

Memphis Leaders Panel:  Dynamic Memphis leaders from different fields will share their various paths to leadership and what it means to be a leader and activist in Memphis.

Know Your Rights Theatre (presented by MidSouth Peace and Justice Center):  A dramatic performance workshop that encourages lawful and peaceful interactions between youth and law enforcement.

Community Advocacy Listening Session Workshop:  Community leaders will work with youth to prepare for the “Listening Session with Memphis Leaders & Elected Officials,”  by learning effective community advocacy techniques.

Listening Session with Memphis Leaders and Elected Officials: This Session will invite elected officials, community advocates, and other Memphis leaders to join youth in a moderated forum to discuss youth concerns, questions, and pathways forward.

My City, My Voice Call to Action: Youth voice does not end at the Summit!  Participants will be encouraged to take action by becoming a continuous voice and community advocate.  

Building Our Communities Art Contest: Winners Announced!

We are very happy to announce the winners of the Project MI “Building Our Communities” Art Contest.   High School students were asked how they would build our communities and stop the school-to-prison pipeline.   In response we received fantastic work!

First, second, and third place winners will receive a “Back to School” Scholarship at our July 2018 Youth Leadership & Activism Summit, “My City, My Voice.”

First Place

Artist: Christopher Morris

Artwork Title: “Success”

Artwork Narrative: “I have made huge changes in my life. I came from gangs and doing plenty of things I know I shouldn’t have done. I grew up with no guidance or mentors so my previous life decisions weren’t good and could have eventually sent me to prison. Then came football, it changed me and made me realize I wanted to do something better with my life. I currently have several football college scholarship offers that motivate me to keep going and do the best I can. Football is giving me many opportunities to pursue what I want to do in life, and navigating me above the negative choices, upwards in the right direction.”

1st Place

Second Place

Artist: Renard Gwynn

Artwork Title: “Stop the Bullet”

Artwork Narrative: “The bullet in my drawing represents failure, gang association, homelessness, and prison. The brick wall, which represents organizations and people who care about our future, protects the bullet from destroying young black men like myself. Bricks of brotherhood and positive mentors help young black men break the pipe line to prison. The other side represents a man with his head tattooed with success because he is able to remain separated from the negative surroundings.”

2nd Place

Third Place

Artist: Terry Carter

Artwork Title: “Story of a Young Black Boy”

Artwork Narrative: “This is a story about a young black boy in our city of Memphis. This boy wants a chance, most boys don’t get a chance in our city and most don’t make it to 19 years old. Sometimes there is a choice; prison or fame.”

3rd Place

Honorable Mention

Artist: Jadveon Perkins

Artwork Title: “P.U.R.E.”

Artwork Narrative: “P.U.R.E. stands for Progressing Under Restraints and Extremes, an organization that focuses on education, football, and character for the youth of Memphis. P.U.R.E. is used in my artwork as a representation of the fence that surrounds me made of brothers, coaches, teachers, and family. Within my fence I am able to create new books containing positive chapters in my life. If we had other organizations like P.U.R.E. I believe it will keep young people out of prison.”

Honorable Mention

Artist: Jordan Armour

Artwork Title: “Do the Right Thing”

Artwork Narrative: “The idea I chose to draw centered around family. The reason why I drew this idea is because to me, family influences kids from going to jail by teaching them what is right and what is wrong. For example, your mother/ father always tells you not to steal anything from the store. The theme of this competition ties in with my artwork by showing people that if you can trust your parents and try to think or understand that they were trying to prevent you from doing something bad, then you or any other kid wouldn’t have to end up in jail in the first place. In this picture, this girl realized that her parents/family was trying to help her this whole time and now she understands what her family has been trying to do for her all this time, even if they were mean to her.”

Honorable Mention 2

Congratulations to each of our winners!

Youth Art Competition: “Building Our Communities”

Project MI is excited to announce the “Building Our Communities” Youth Art Competition submission period opens TODAY! All Shelby County high school age youth are invited to visually express their ideas on how to improve our communities. Selected entries will be premiered at our First Annual Youth Activism & Leadership Summit with the theme, “My City, My Voice” on July 28, 2018.  Click here to submit work!

Please forward this announcement widely, and contact pjmimemphis@gmail.com if you have any questions!

PJMI art competition

#FreeMIKids

 

Youth Advocacy Program on Wednesday!

On Wednesday, February 21st from 8:30am-9:45am we will hold our first Youth Advocacy Program Group Mentoring Session of the semester along with Project STAND at Carver High School (1591 Pennsylvania Avenue)!

We are excited to announce that this semester we will move from focusing on self-advocacy to community advocacy with Carver youth!  While last semester we spent much of our time discussing the justice system and providing information about youth rights and the juvenile courts, this semester we will begin encouraging youth to become community advocates.  As you may know, many youth that end up in the justice system deal with serious sustainability and other issues related to public health. Hence, we will be working with youth to address an issue related to public health in their community, schools, or homes.  

If you plan to attend this Wednesday’s session and/or need the specific instructions for the Session, please email pjmimemphis@gmail.com letting us know that you plan to attend.

All attending Project MI members must have completed Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) Orientation & Training.  If you did not attend the YAP Orientation & Training in person, but would like to attend any of our group mentoring sessions at Carver, please do the following:

  1. Watch the YAP Orientation & Training Videos here (Parts 1-7).
  2. Email pjmimemphis@gmail.com indicating what sessions you plan to attend (see below) and swearing that you completed the above YAP Orientation & Training Videos Parts 1-7; and
  3. Complete this Shelby County School Volunteer Application/Screening Form and bring it with you to the event, or email to pjmimemphis@gmail.com.

Remaining Group Mentoring Session Dates are:  February 21st, March 7th, April, 11th and May 2nd.   All meeting times this semester are at 8:30 am.

As reflected in the YAP orientation video, it is not necessary that group mentors attend each and every session.  However, our youth should see familiar faces in the sessions so we ask that our group mentors commit to at least two of the scheduled sessions. There may be additional opportunities to group mentor over the summer.

Please email pjmimemphis@gmail.com with any questions.

Thank you for your dedication to our youth!

2018 Tennessee Juvenile Justice Legislation Informational

You don’t have to be a lawyer or politician to fight laws that are bad for our youth!

Our February Meet-Up next week will focus on 2018 Legislation impacting youth justice in Tennessee. Join us to find out what YOU CAN DO to support the good laws being considered by your legislators and fight the bad!

 

2018 Legislation Flyer

Youth Art Competition: “Building Our Communities”

Project MI is excited to announce the “Building Our Communities” Youth Art Competition! All Shelby County high school age youth are invited to visually express their ideas on how to improve our communities. Selected entries will be premiered at our First Annual Youth Activism & Leadership Summit with the theme, “My City, My Voice” on July 28, 2018.

PJMI art competition

#FreeMIKids

 

Youth Advocacy Program Recruitment & Informational (January Meet-Up)

On Monday, January 8, 2018 at 6pm Project MI will hold its first Meet-Up of 2018!

In this meet-up we will be recruiting for our Youth Advocacy Program and providing an informational about our  group mentoring work at G.W. Carver High School.

YAP Recruitment

After our informational, the following committees will meet:

Youth Summit Planning Committee (for those interested in planning programs for youth)

Legislative & Policy Research Committee (for those in the legal and related fields)

Narrative Committee (for artists, other creatives, and anyone interested in telling the real human stories of mass incarceration and our youth)

If you are new to MI, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about our Youth Advocacy Program and join a committee to get straight to work!

The Meet-Up will be held at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (1 N. Front St.). Parking on the North side of the Law School, on Court Street, is free beginning at 6pm.

 

Youth Advocacy Program New Mentor Instructions

We are excited to get started this month on our Spring Youth Advocacy Program along with Project STAND at Carver High School (1591 Pennsylvania Avenue)!  All attending Project MI members must have completed Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) Orientation & Training.

If you have not attended the YAP Orientation & Training in person, but would like to attend any of our group mentoring sessions at Carver, please do the following:

  1. Watch the YAP Orientation & Training Videos here (Parts 1-7);
  2. Email pjmimemphis@gmail.com indicating what sessions you plan to attend (see below) and swearing that you completed the above YAP Orientation & Training VideosPart 1-7;
  3. Complete this Shelby County School Volunteer Application/Screening Form and bring it with you to the event, or email to pjmimemphis@gmail.com; and
  4. Attend at least two Group Mentor Session Dates:

February, 21st from 8:30am -9:45a

March 7th from 8:30am -9:45am

April 11th from 8:30am -9:45am

May 2nd  from 8:30am -9:45am

As noted in the YAP orientation video, it is not necessary that group mentors attend each and every session.  However, our youth should see familiar faces in the sessions so we ask that our group mentors commit to at least three of the scheduled sessions.

Please email pjmimemphis@gmail.com with any questions.

Thank you for your continued dedication to our youth!