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#PathwaystoSuccess24: Building on Traditions & Expanding Our Impact 

CISM’s proudest and most memorable annual tradition, the Pathways to Success Celebration, is now only two weeks away. Over the past several years, we’ve had the honor of recognizing and rewarding nearly 200 high school seniors as they prepare for the first steps in pursuit of their post-graduation goals. Formerly known as the College Trunk […]

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Pathways to Success; Career Ready

#PathwaystoSuccess24: Equipping Career-Ready Graduates

By JaMeko Williams, Director of Career Pathways  Pride is overflowing around our city as the 2024 high school graduation season has officially begun. At Communities In Schools of Memphis (CISM), we’re gearing up for our annual Pathways to Success Celebration to praise and reward 125 students as they prepare for their next step. Walking across the stage

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Spring College Tour Caps Off Successful CCR Experience & Creates Lifelong Memories

A Q&A with Rachel Bonnor, Valedictorian, Hamilton HS In March, CISM coordinated its annual Spring College Tour, which allows local high school students to travel to Washington D.C. expense-free to explore college campuses and much more. Eight Memphis seniors took part in this year’s trip which featured visits to Georgetown and Howard University, national museums,

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DEI Is More Than a Buzzword. It’s Core to Your Mission – and It Starts with Hiring.

By Jessica Pontoo, Director of Collective Impact, Communities In Schools of Memphis More and more frequently, the term “DEI” is becoming a common talking point in the workplace, particularly for HR teams and management. No matter what sector – public or private, nonprofit or commercial – diversity, equity, and inclusion belong in the conversation.  It’s

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Beyond Race and Gender: Creating Youth-Friendly Work Spaces

By JaMeko Williams, Director of Career Pathways An inclusive workplace should be the standard all businesses and organizations aim for. Environments that value the voices, views, talents, and unique characteristics of all employees and stakeholders are generally more desirable places to work and often outperform their competitors. Inclusive policies and practices in most cases focus

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Invisible Curriculum: How Early Workforce Exposure, Exploration, and Experiences Unlock Future Potential

Today’s students view the future much differently than prior generations. A combination of factors, from the pandemic to the rapidly changing digital world, highly competitive job market, and growing trend of self-start businesses, has made the need or desire to work a higher priority than a college degree for many high school students.  With that

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