“Investing in the youth of Memphis to achieve diversity in every walk of life.”

Memphis Challenge founder J.R. “Pitt” Hyde

Join the 1989 Society Giving Circle.  Pledge your recurring gifts of $19.89 or more.

Join the 1989 Society to reimagine and fund the Memphis Challenge programs for maximum impact and effective delivery during and immediately after this pandemic.

GIVING LEVELS

Please chose the giving level that is best for you.

  • Investor $19.89 monthly for an annual gift of $238.68
  • Achiever – $19.89 quarterly for an annual gift of $79.56
  • Advocate– $ an amount of your choice

For every dollar you give, funds will be matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000.

About the 1989 Society

Join the 1989 Society to reimagine and fund the Memphis Challenge programs for maximum impact and effective delivery during and immediately after this pandemic.

Flashing back to the world of 1989, Anita Baker was singing “Giving You the Best That I Got,” and we here at The Memphis Challenge were preparing to do just that. We certainly hope you’ll agree that we have given the very best programming, designed to enrich the best students Memphis has to offer. Looking over the years, our successful graduates and matriculation rates, The Memphis Challenge is truly among the best that we’ve got!

But the world of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have required us to reinvent the ways we are able to connect and engage with our Memphis Challenge family. It’s a virtual world of social isolation where the youth need reassurance and guidance more than ever. The frustrations of the hour mean that the students, collegiates and emerging leaders who have seen life halt for this pandemic and who have sacrificed so much need to know how much they are valued. These young emerging leaders need to know that their thoughts, opinions and feelings are relevant and that they are heard. They need The Memphis Challenge, their safe space.

We must fill the gaps so that no one falls through. To ensure that there will always be a Memphis Challenge and that we are fully equipped to pivot our programming, we hope you will  join us and support – The 1989 Society Giving Circle.

Founded in 1989 by philanthropist J.R. “Pitt” Hyde, The Memphis Challenge has mentored and provided professional development programming to more than 3000 students in its three decades of service. Therefore, 1989 is significant and symbolic for everyone who has ever benefitted from the creative and effective programs presented by Memphis Challenge.

Join the 1989 Society to reimagine and fund our programs for maximum impact and effective delivery during and immediately after this pandemic.

The societal effects of this pandemic will be studied for years to come and we cannot now know the ripples that will result from cancellations and changes in life-long plans. The 1989 Society supported by alums, collegiates, parents, and friends of MC, will fund critical and comprehensive programming to assist in coping with the stress and anxiety our youth are experiencing.

We hope you will sign-up to be a part of reimagining the Memphis Challenge, enhancing our programming and impact as we continue to inspire and develop future Memphis leaders during these trying times.

Goals of the 1989 Society

To meet the robust, growing and evolving needs of our MC family, our goal is to fund:

  • A 40% increase in the Senior Tech Solutions Scholarship
  • Send Self-care packages for 250 Challengers and collegiates
  • Host 10 Virtual group coaching /webinars for alumni
  • Offer Mental Health and Stress Management resources

Membership Benefits

Members who pledge and begin giving between December 2020 – December 2021 will receive:

  • A 1989 Society Button
  • A 1989 Society Coffee Mug and Coffee
  • A 1989 Society T-shirt +
  • 1989 Society Video spotlight+
  • Your name added to the MC 1989 Society Virtual Wall

Join the 1989 Society Giving Circle.  Pledge your recurring gifts of $19.89 or more.

Join the 1989 Society to reimagine and fund the Memphis Challenge programs for maximum impact and effective delivery during and immediately after this pandemic.

GIVING LEVELS

Please chose the giving level that is best for you.

  • Investor $19.89 monthly for an annual gift of $238.68
  • Achiever – $19.89 quarterly for an annual gift of $79.56
  • Advocate– $ an amount of your choice

For every dollar you give, funds will be matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000.

Giving Wall

Esmond
Arrindell

Ruby Bright

Gabby
Dycus

Portia
Harvey

Kamilah
Holman

Charlie
Pleas, III

Donna
Sanders Tillis

Lloydetta
Stovall

Elder Leslie &
Carla Ratliff

Rychetta
Watkins

Wendy
Sumner-Winter