Tell Me A Story

Tell Me a Story: Giving Voice to the Voiceless


Memphis Challenge has a tradition or raiding awareness in ways that are creative, impactful, and student-driven.

In 2016, it was through storybooks: students in grades 9-12 created eight storybooks and an anthology of poems inspired by the patients of St. Jude and LeBonheur Children’s Hospitals. Those students are now published authors who have hosted readings for children throughout the city.

In 2017, it was through lm: students created three short films, two PSAs, and two podcast about the struggles the youth and children of Memphis face everyday. Two of those films were screened at the 2017 Youth Indie Memphis Film Festival alongside youth short films from Memphis and abroad.

Now, in 2018, it is through art that Memphis Challenge students will raise awareness and inspire others through creativity.

The artist Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage.” Just as courage is required to be creative, courage is required to defend those who can’t defend themselves. This year, students will use their creativity to honor those who sacrificed everything to promote social justice.”

To learn more about this year’s project, click HERE.


Memphis Challenge students in grades 9-12 used films, PSAs, and podcasts as mediums to tell stories. These stories are from students’ own voices and from their own perspectives in this new iteration of the Memphis Challenge “Tell Me a Story” service series – “Tell Me a Story: Giving Voice to the Voiceless.”

Tell Me A Story: Service Through Storytelling


There is power in the telling of a good story. Through the project,“Tell Me a Story: Service Through Storytelling.” Memphis Challengers in grades 9-12 wrote and produced specialized storybooks and poems for children and teenagers. The project aimed to bring smiles, excitement and love of storytelling to children, as well as enrich the process of using creativity to give back for Memphis Challenge students. The Memphis Challenge story collection includes eight children’s paperback books and an anthology of poems for teens. For questions or to schedule a reading, contact Avery Cunningham at




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