“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.

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

 

Flashing back to the year 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!

Our new world of living with COVID, has required us to reinvient the ways we connect and engage with our Memphis Challenge family. It’s a hybrid world where the youth need reassurance and guidance more than ever. 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.

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 commit and enroll today to enhancing our programming and impact as we continue to inspire and develop future Memphis leaders.

Giving Levels

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.

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.

Giving Wall

  • Cassandra Williams
  • Akinwunmi McKinzie
  • Austin Webster
  • Bettye Jones
  • Branden Asemah
  • Cameron Weathers
  • Carla Ratliff
  • Carlos Barksdale
  • Carlton Moore
  • Carol Smith
  • Dr. Autry & Denise Parker
  • Cassandra Webster
  • Charlie Pleas
  • Christopher Owens
  • Christopher Shannon
  • Colleen Jackson
  • Cordera Woodard
  • Cynthia Vaughan
  • Diana Rendon
  • Donna Sanders
  • Dupe Morafa
  • Ellen Cooper Klyce
  • Erma Elzy
  • Esmond Arrindell
  • Georgia and Sylvester Hobbs
  • Gillie Holmes
  • Gina Williams-Jackson
  • Janas Jackson
  • Joel Leung
  • Joshua-James Claybon
  • Justin Jackson
  • Justin Pearson
  • Kamilah Halmon
  • Keadrea Wilson
  • Keiondra Sanders
  • Keith Story
  • Kendrick Joyce
  • Kevin Young
  • Kimberly Speight
  • Lani Lester
  • Laura Zapata
  • Maria Wright
  • Mark Willams
  • Matthew Helms
  • McKenzii Webster
  • Meagan Tate
  • Michelle Carter
  • Neal Palmer
  • Nichole Saulsberry-Scarboro
  • Odell Horton, Jr.
  • Laura Zapata
  • Maria Wright
  • Mark Willams
  • Matthew Helms
  • McKenzii Webster
  • Meagan Tate
  • Michelle Carter
  • Neal Palmer
  • Nichole Saulsberry-Scarboro
  • Odell Horton, Jr.
  • Padmaja Koneru
  • Pamela Milan
  • Patrice Reed
  • Racquel Martin
  • Raumesh Akbari
  • Richard Watkins
  • Rodney Hobbs
  • Rodney and Alicia Saulsberry
  • Ruby Bright
  • Rushelle Cyrus
  • Sandra Reed
  • Sherila Jones-Tuggle
  • Sherrie Cooke
  • Shirley Page
  • Stacy Barnes
  • Theresa Okwumabua
  • Timothy Howze
  • Torian Black
  • Twana Russell
  • Victoria Young
  • Warren “Bud” Richey
  • Wendy Sumner-Winter
  • Zaniesha Davis