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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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The Need has Never Been Greater: Helping Families Regain Faith in Education

By Sonji Branch, CEO The new normal  is a phrase we’ve all become accustomed to saying during the pandemic. It’s heartbreaking, really. Not because of mask mandates, social distancing, or any of the common things we’ve associated it with the past two years of pandemic life, but because of what it means for children growing

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Literacy is Liberation… and It is Everywhere.

Guest Blog: Johnny Blount, Director of Collaborative Action, Literacy Mid-South Literacy is everywhere – even in our trash. Every food and drink package that ends up crumpled in our wastebasket has a flavor, brand, and list of ingredients that people interpret every day. Yet, we think of literacy as much more complex, ignoring the common

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