Not all groups get to do everything in Memphis, but on occasion you'll get the chance to see behind the scenes and witness some of the Memphis mystique. The crew on the left got an inside peek at Clayborn Temple before it reopened in fall of 2016. This site is a Civil Rights Landmark of the city, and was a hub of activity during the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike that brought Martin Luther King, Jr. to the city.
The crew on the right served at Ronald McDonald House and thus got the chance to visit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude provides everything for families experiencing the trauma of childhood cancer. Founder Danny Thomas was proud to pick Memphis as the city for this world reknowned hospital.
reflection with contemporaries
College is a time for exploring and questioning the world around you. We know that shared experiences like service-learning trips can be made exponentially richer through intentional conversations. We build margin into your schedule so that your group can have space for team reflections and life mapping to better understand your experiences and listen to the perspectives of peers. When multiple groups are in town, students often get the chance to meet and interact with people from other parts of the country and, many times, other countries.
conversations with locals
Local leaders from Memphis (nonprofit workers and directors, pastors, activists, teachers, etc.) come share about their work in the city. Groups get to ask questions about the journey and mission of these leaders. Topics like poverty alleviation, racial inequity, criminal justice reform, urban education, illiteracy, environmental justice, and various other issues that challenge Memphis' progress are presented in these conversations. We know some issues are similar in other cities, and that the hometowns that our groups represent may have their own social issues. Our hope is that these conversations will influence students to become changemakers in their own communities.