Youth Advocacy Program on Friday!

On this Friday, October 27th from 2:15pm-3:15pm we will hold our Youth Advocacy Program Group Mentoring Session 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 done the required YAP training, plan to attend this Friday, and have not otherwise signed up for this Friday’s Session, please email pjmimemphis@gmail.com so that you may receive the “Session Guide” prior to the event.   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 VideosPart 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 Fall Group Mentoring Session Dates:

October 27, 2:15-3:15pm

November 17, 2:15-3:15pm

November 30, 2:15-3:15pm

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 three of the scheduled sessions.

Please email pjmimemphis@gmail.com with any questions.

Thank you for your continued interest in, and dedication to, our youth!

October Meet-Up

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 6pm at Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (1 N. Front St.) Project MI will hold its October Meet-Up!

After our general business meeting, the following committees will meet:

Youth Summit Planning Committee (if you are new to MI, we suggest this committee for those interested in planning programs for youth development)

Legislative & Policy Research Committee (if you are new to MI, we suggest this committee for those in the legal and related fields)

Narrative Committee (if you are new to MI, we suggest this committee for artists, other creatives, and anyone interested in telling the real human stories of mass incarceration and our youth)

We will also call for the assembly of a “Community Action Committee,” which will be responsible for galvanizing the community around some of our projects, and coordinating service opportunities within these initiatives.   

Our Youth Advocacy Program Committee will not meet at our October Meet-Up, but if you are interested in information on how to become involved with our Youth Advocacy Program, and group mentoring opportunity youth through self-advocacy, click here.

If you are new to MI, this is the perfect opportunity to join a committee and get straight to work!

Parking on the North side of the Law School, on Court Street, is free beginning at 6pm.

Project MI Discusses Good Mentoring

Tomorrow, Friday, October 6 at 2:15 pm, Project MI will hold our Youth Advocacy Program at Carver High School.   Watch our discussion with Devin Marmon, Project MI Youth Advocacy Program Co-Coordinator, on the characteristics of good mentors!

For more information on how to become involved with our Youth Advocacy program, and group mentoring opportunity youth, click here.

 

Youth Advocacy Program this Friday!

On Friday, October 6th from 2:15pm-3:15pm we will hold our Youth Advocacy Program Group Mentor Meet-Up 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 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 VideosPart 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.

Group Mentoring Session Dates:

October 6, 2:15-3:15pm

October 27, 2:15-3:15pm

November 16, 10-2:30pm (“Man Up” Conference at Carver)

November 17, 2:15-3:15pm

November 30, 2:15-3:15pm

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 three of the scheduled sessions.

Please email pjmimemphis@gmail.com with any questions.

Thank you for your continued interest in and dedication to our youth!

Service Opportunities

Mentors

Mentors of all ages and demographics are needed for our Carver Youth Advocacy program (YAP).   For more information on Carver, see here.  Mentors must attend our Youth  Advocacy Program Training on Monday, September 18, at 6pm, Benjamin Hooks Public Library.    If interested attend the 10/6 YAP Training and/or email pjmimemphis@gmail.com.

Juvenile Justice Volunteers

For those that qualify, we would love to have a few Shelby County Juvenile Court volunteers in our group, especially in light of our “Free MI Kids” Campaign. See this link for more information, requirements and procedure.  Email pjmimemphis@gmail.com to let us know if you decide to apply!

Immigration Liaison
Also, we are still seeking a liaison to find ways that we can support and partner with our Latino brothers and sisters in this struggle that touches the new wave of mass incarceration–immigration detention.  If interested, email pjmimemphis@gmail.com.

Working with Opportunity Youth

Watch Project MI Youth Advocacy Program Co-Coordinator Jaques Hamilton talk about working with opportunity youth and how mentors changed his perspective as a youth!

If you missed our Youth Advocacy Program Training in full, but want to serve as a group mentor in our Program, click here to find out how!

U of M Law to Host “Removing the Monuments: A Legal Perspective”

The University of Memphis School of Law and the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) invite you to the panel, “Removing the Monuments: A Legal Perspective,” this Tuesday, October 3, 11:30-1pm in Wade Auditorium.

This event is intended to help inform the public about the real legal issues surrounding the confederate monument debate, with a focus on the local issues pertaining to the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in the Memphis Medical District and the statue of former Confederacy President, Jefferson Davis, located in the public park next to the University of Memphis School of Law. The law school hopes to begin a dialogue with the public to help create informed perspectives about this oftentimes controversial and heated issue.

Panelists include:

Lee Harris – Memphis Law Professor and Tennessee State Senator

Bruce McMullen – City of Memphis Attorney, Chief Legal Officer for the City of Memphis

Tami Sawyer – Director, Diversity & Cultural Competence with Teach For America Memphis and a writer, speaker, social justice activist and education advocate

Alan Wade – City of Memphis City Council Attorney

Moderator – Daniel Kiel, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Memphis

The panel will be a “brown-bag” lunch event, with some light refreshments offered for attendees.

Hope to see you there!  Be vigilant!

 

 

Monument removal panel flyer[1]

Youth Advocacy Program on Friday!

On Friday, September 29th from 2:15pm-3:15pm we will hold our Youth Advocacy Program Networking Meet & Greet 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 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 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.

Group Mentoring Session Dates:

September 29, 2:15-3:15pm

October 6, 2:15-3:15pm

October 27, 2:15-3:15pm

November 16, 10-2:30pm (“Man Up” Conference at Carver)

November 17, 2:15-3:15pm

November 30, 2:15-3:15pm

As noted on the YAP Orientation Video, Group Mentoring (Part 4), it is not necessary that group mentors attend each and every session.  However, youth should see familiar faces in the sessions so we ask that group mentors commit to at least three of the scheduled sessions.

Please email pjmimemphis@gmail.com with any questions.

Thank you for your continued interest in and dedication to our youth!

 

Youth Advocacy Program Orientation & Training Tonight at 6pm

Those interested in participating in our “Free MI Kids” Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) should plan to attend tonight’s Justice League Training on Monday, September 18, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Public Library (3030 Poplar Ave) at 6pm where members will be prepared for time with Project STAND students at G.W. Carver High School. All potential group mentors, discussion leaders, and other participants should attend.

The goal of the YAP Training Session is to prepare MI members for group interaction with youth aged 16-18 who have had contact with the justice system. After orientation, training will cover the following topics: how to be a good mentor and engaging opportunity youth.

YAP’s goal is to resource and mentor Carver opportunity youth in a way that recognizes individual youth potential, while providing tools to become better self-advocates. We will also assist youth in goal setting, developing positive self-identity, and communicating social priorities to policy makers. Through our discussions and activities, we additionally aim to gather youth perspectives on education, the youth justice system, and social progress.