What is the Memphis Challenge?
Inspiring and Developing Future Memphis Leaders
In 1989, Joseph R. “Pitt” Hyde piloted The Memphis Challenge at East High School with 20 students. Twenty-seven years later, our college prep program serves high school students from public, private and parochial schools across the county. Since 1989, the Memphis Challenge has impacted more than 900 youth in its junior and senior programs. It attracts the attention of admissions counselors at prestigious universities across the nation.
Ninety-seven percent of our Challengers have graduated college. Over 500 have completed internships with local businesses, agencies and organizations, and nearly 325 are now living and working in Memphis. Their success is supported by partners who provide funding, expertise, internship opportunities and other resources.
We expanded our college prep program in 2014 with the 9/10 Movement, which introduces ninth and tenth graders to the skills and knowledge needed to perform at a high level of academic and community leadership.
Our goal is to fulfill the promise of The Memphis Challenge – to ensure the region’s most talented minority students bring their education, expertise and connections back to Memphis.
To download the Memphis Challenge brochure, click here.