Seeding Success

Seeding Success works to improve outcomes for every child in Memphis and Shelby County from cradle to career, by connecting institutions, community organizations, equity-based policies, and resources in a results-focused system of accountability.

SEEDING SUCCESS IS A MEMPHIS CRADLE TO CAREER PARTNERSHIP THAT SEEKS TO ENSURE EVERY CHILD HAS THE SUPPORT AND RESOURCES THEY NEED TO SUCCEED. As a leader of systems-level change, the Seeding Success partnership encourages collaboration among diverse partners, by building their capacity to make data-informed decisions that put children at the center; advocates for equity-based policies and funding to remove barriers and sustain improvements; and helps design systems to address disparities. Seeding Success is a member of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network. Follow us @seedingsuccess1 on Twitter.

Mission: The Seeding Success Partnership collaborates to ensure every child graduates high school prepared for college, career and success in life.

Operating as usual

The most impactful change in our lives happens at the local level. Mask up, go vote and make a difference. Polls are open until 7:

Did you know that our Public Policy Team publishes weekly updates? Keep up with legislation, meetings, and hearings related to education policy in Memphis, Shelby County, and the state of Tennessee. Sign up:

Facing History and Ourselves

Educators, mark your calendars – August 4 at 2 pm ET we host national educational leader, Dr. Pedro Noguera for a conversation on the current state of education and what it means to be an anti-racist educator. Click to register!

MLGW has extended suspensions of disconnections to Aug. 24.

Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) is announcing it is extending suspensions of disconnections to August 24!

Volunteer Odyssey

Our friends at Memphis Rox and the local fruit and vegetable distributor, M Palazola Produce Co., have come together to provide fresh, free produce to community members. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, families can pick up 25 pounds of produce at no cost.

Help us spread the word so they can help Memphians have access to fresh food.

First come, first served while supplies last.
879 E. McLemore Ave.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

Early voting is happening now thru Aug. 1. Find locations and schedules here:

Learn more about candidates with the Memphis Public Libraries Informed Voter platform:

Take a deeper look at SCS School Board Candidates with Chalkbeat Tennessee:

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

News for Nonprofits: The deadline to apply for Operating Support grants from the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund is today at 4:00 p.m.

We are offering unrestricted grants up to $50,000 each for organizations directly responding to the target populations most impacted by the consequences of the coronavirus crisis.

Learn more and apply at

Memphis Light, Gas and Water - Assistance Programs

NEED UTILITY ASSISTANCE? MLGW will resume disconnections for non-payment on Monday, August 3. Along with assistance programs already in place, #MLGW will also offer expanded payment plans for customers. See assistance programs here:
Find community resources here: We realize that our customers sometimes have extenuating circumstances that prevent the timely payment of utility bills. To help ease this burden, we've developed the following payment and assistance programs, as well as extension policies. For more information about these programs, call the Memphis...

First 8 Memphis

Many schools that partner with First 8 Memphis are now open for pre-K registration. Even with uncertainty around classroom instruction due to COVID-19, it’s important that parents register to ensure their student has a spot, as well as to gain access to valuable educational resources.

First 8 Memphis pre-K programs accepting student registrations include: Shelby County Schools - SCS, Bartlett City Schools, Millington Municipal Schools, and Porter-Leath Preschool.

Keeping students academically engaged over the summer is the key to preventing learning loss. Here's free content from Knowledge Quest that can help. Pass it along!

Virtual STEM Session. Let’s talk about the wind. Click on the link to view the video. Please like, share, and subscribe to the Knowledge Quest Kids Zone YouTube Channel. #ThisIsKQ #ValeroEnergy #STEM

First 8 Memphis

Our Executive Director, Kandace Thomas, recently presented on a Brazelton Touchpoints Center webinar, exploring how early childhood programs and systems use mindfulness and self-compassion to support their providers and the families and communities they serve.

Learn about Brazelton Touchpoints Center:

View the webinar:

Shelby County Schools - SCS

SCS Town Hall on Re-entry - July 13, 2020

2020-21 Learning Options -

S.A.F.E. Re-Entry plan -


Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation -…/files/2020/Virtual-Graduation-2020.pdf

Summer Meals -

The Pandemic Has Accelerated Demands for a More Skilled Work Force

“The Great Recession was a lost opportunity,” said Lawrence Katz, an economist at Harvard University. “Now, are we going to take this moment to help low-wage workers move into the middle class and give them skills to thrive? Or are they just going to go back to low-wage jobs that are dead ends?” Even groups that regularly disagree on labor issues said there should be significant public investment in programs that can upgrade the skills of American workers.

Shelby County Schools - SCS

We've added 4 new sites for our Summer Bulk Meal Program taking place every Wednesday in July: Oakhaven HS, Melrose HS, Bruce ES, and Kirby. All SCS children under 18 are welcome. See the flyer for more details, and find more food resources at


Se han agregado 4 sitios nuevos al Programa de Comidas de Verano. Ocurren todos los miércoles durante el mes de julio de 10 a.m. a 12 p.m.: Oakhaven HS, Melrose HS, Bruce ESC y Kirby HS. Encuentre más recursos de alimentación en

Stand for Children - Tennessee

Memphis Nonprofits Demand More Press Conference at City Hall...following up on demand letter to public officials.

Whole Child Strategies

YOU can help by sending an email to Memphis City Council urging them to invest in youth. All it takes is one minute! Follow this link:

Shelby County Schools - SCS School Re-Entry Listening Sessions continue tonight. Tune into the discussion via Facebook, Twitter, and 88.5FM. Submit your input through their Re-Entry Survey at

New Seeding Success Website

We're excited to officially unveil our new website! It's been a long time coming and we couldn't be happier for this opportunity to reintroduce ourselves. Thank you to Perpetual Motion for the lovely design work! Head to and let us know what you think.

12 charts show how racial disparities persist across wealth, health, education and beyond When people talk about systemic racism, they mean systemic: impacting institutions, policies and outcomes across all aspects of Black Americans' lives.

How you can help in Memphis: Equality and Justice Resources

Today, Juneteenth is a time to celebrate and take pride in Black American history, culture, and life. Over the past several years, as the persistent and deep racial inequalities that remain in our country have come to the forefront of American consciousness, Juneteenth has also served as a time to build community and activism around movements such as Black Lives Matter. It is not only a jubilant celebration of freedom and culture, but an opportunity to recommit to action for racial equity.

We hope that you to take time on this day to learn more about this holiday, reflect on your role in advancing racial equity, and/or engage in local celebrations. A list of organizations for supporting protesters, movements, shelters, and education how you can be involved in Memphis.

A new EBT benefit is available for TN families with children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. If you already receive SNAP, the benefits are automatic. If you are not a current SNAP beneficiary, apply by June 29th. More info:

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In open letter to city officials, Memphis nonprofit leaders demand systemic change

We are proud to stand with more than 100 other nonprofits in our city demanding action from local leaders to address systemic racism and oppression. We look forward to continuing to develop constructive solutions and advocate for change alongside our partners. We encourage you to read the letter in full and reach out to your elected officials. More than 100 Memphis nonprofit leaders have written a letter to local officials demanding an end to systemic racism.

Seeding Success welcomes Reggie Davis as its new Beyond the Classroom Director. In his new role, Davis will oversee our K-12 strategy, cultivating deeper connections between our local school districts and in-school and out-of-school providers to deliver effective, efficient, and equitable services to children and families. The Beyond the Classroom effort was launched and scaled through support from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis over the last 3 years, resulting in significant improvements across a shared set of outcomes.

Davis brings more than 16 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and a proven track record of leading diverse partners toward a common agenda. He has previously served as Director of Alumni Activation at New Memphis and as Executive Director of STREETS Ministries. He currently serves on the board for Memphis Lift and the Tennessee Builders Education Foundation. Davis’ demonstrated investment in driving necessary change in Memphis makes him an ideal addition to the team.

“Ida B. Wells said, ‘The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them,’ said Davis. “I am excited to join Seeding Success in its efforts to turn the light up in our community for young people through the cradle to career model. Giving our young people, and thus families, the resources, access and support they need to become the best version of themselves possible is what I am committed to. Seeding Success provides me that opportunity.”

Reggie Davis | Beyond the Classroom Director

Reggie Davis grew up in Hughes, AR. After graduating from Arkansas State University with a Finance degree, Reggie has spent his working career in the city of Memphis. He began his professional career with First Tennessee Bank, now First Horizon Bank, and has worked in the nonprofit industry for the last 16 years with four different organizations – Young Life, Streets Ministries, One Family Memphis and, New Memphis Institute. Through each of these work experiences Reggie gained valuable skills in leadership, program development, community engagement, resource development, training, and empathy.

Reggie has spent the last twenty years involved in efforts to improve equity and develop unity. He currently serves on the board for Memphis Lift as well as the pastor of New Bethel Church in West Memphis, AR.

In addition to being a born-and-bred Razorback fan, Reggie is a fan of all-teams Memphis and spends free time investing in his wife and three daughters.

New Hires

We are excited to welcome five new team members to Seeding Success! This investment in capacity is part of a broader effort to change systems and improve outcomes. In light of recent events, including COVID-19 and the death of George Floyd, the organization is committing to address racial justice and structural inequality head on. These new staff members will be directly engaged in finding new resources, solutions, and policies that can help Memphis recover and rebuild for a more equitable future.

We are excited to welcome five new team members to Seeding Success! This investment in capacity is part of a broader effort to change systems and improve outcomes. In light of recent events, including COVID-19 and the death of George Floyd, the organization is committing to address racial justice and structural inequality head on. These new staff members will be directly engaged in finding new resources, solutions, and policies that can help Memphis recover and rebuild for a more equitable future.

Chalkbeat Tennessee

How Tennessee schools reopen this fall will depend on where you live. But the state's new guidelines offer some hints.


On Tuesday, join fellow parents, educators and child development and trauma experts for an important conversation about how you can talk with young children about racial injustice and violence against Black people.

We’ll also answer questions from parents and share tips and resources you can use to continue having meaningful conversations.

[05/28/20]   As a white leader of an organization that works in Black communities/spaces, it is my responsibility and that of people who look like me to use our platforms, privileges and power to speak out. We are often satisfied with iteratively improving processes or outcomes ‘for’ the communities we serve, and name those things ‘change'. It is, however, not acceptable for a leader like me to claim success while our systems continue to murder and bankrupt Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities across this country.

It is also not the sole burden of our Black staff to respond to and solve these issues. It is our work to do what we can to dismantle racist systems. We must commit to use our roles where they are useful and to hand over power when and where we can.

We should be outraged (I am) that yet another life has been extinguished by racism and that once again, people are in pain and have to demand justice. Yet, it happens over and over in plain view. We cannot become accustomed to it, nor wait for the horror of seeing it recorded for us to respond. I have certainly been guilty of that type of complacency in my own work.

It is incumbent upon us to place racial justice front and center of all that we do. Otherwise, can we actually claim to be making change?

We have to wrestle with this. We have to get uncomfortable and WE, white Memphis, and white America, have to see the reality of this structural racism.

At Seeding Success, we have committed to a multi-year Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan to ensure we are living up to our vision for change. We are committing to decentralizing power in our strategy work, advocating for equitable financing that prioritizes underinvested communities, and pushing for more inclusive design processes, feedback loops, and policies as we build solutions.

We will not be perfect, but we have committed to this work. I hope our entire sector, community, and nation will as well.

—Mark Sturgis, Executive Director

Shelby County Community Services

Free testing and food this Friday. No symptoms required, and Spanish speaking staff will be on site.

- No appointment needed, but it’s highly encouraged to pre-register to reduce wait times: 901-272-0003

- Bilingual Church Health staff will facilitate testing and help participants through the process.

- All individuals tested will receive food from Mid-South Food Bank.

- Testing is available for anyone (symptomatic and asymptomatic)

- Please bring an ID and contact information to check-in and receive follow up instructions.

- Residency and citizenship verification are not required

Latino Memphis SCS En Español

NSI Spotlight: Germantown Middle School implemented their 'G-Town Bucks' and 'Grade Level Challenge' programs this school year and tracked outcomes through the continuous improvement framework. G-Town Bucks incentivized students to earn 'Bucks' to spend in the impressive school store. RTI2-B team members reviewed student data on behavior and attendance at each monthly meeting and continued implementation of the progressive discipline process.

Team Members: Amie Marsh, Lana Wells, Travis Lockhart, Mr. Odum, Mrs. Smith

Data Analyst: Alicia Clark

Our Story

Seeding Success is a Memphis Cradle to Career partnership that seeks to ensure every child has the support and resources they need to succeed cradle to career.

As a leader of systems-level change, the Seeding Success partnership encourages collaboration among diverse partners, by building their capacity to make data-informed decisions that put children at the center; advocates for equity-based policies and funding to remove barriers and sustain improvements; and helps design systems to address disparities.

Seeding Success is a member of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network. StriveTogether is a national movement with a clear purpose: helping every child succeed in school and life from cradle to career, regardless of race, zip code or circumstance. In partnership with nearly 70 communities across the country, StriveTogether provides resources, best practices and processes to give every child every chance for success.

In 2018, Seeding Success received its designation as PROOF POINTS partnership member. Partnerships that have become PROOF POINTS are operating in the Systems Change gateway and are seeing 60% of indicators in the six cradle-to-career outcome areas maintained or improved. As Proof Point is a significant milestone but not an end state, partnerships would continue to work on changing systems, improving outcomes and closing gaps around disparities across the continuum.

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New Seeding Success Website
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Seeding Success Partnership Meeting - 3.23.17
Beyond the Classroom
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Porter-Leath Site Launch
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