Memphis Budget Replenishment

$72,486 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 2,236 people in 1 month
Created April 17, 2018
April 17th, the Tennessee House approved an amendment that removed $250,000 from our city, punishing Memphis for removing two Confederate monuments. These dollars would have been used for our city’s bicentennial celebration. If you are a Memphian, Tennessean, or general supporter of the removal of these statues in our community, please, consider donating; 25,000 of us donating $10 each would replenish the dollars lost. All money raised will be given to the City of Memphis. Our city should not be punished by the legislature for making decisions in the best interest of its community and citizens. 

You can read more on the story here per The Commercial Appeal or here ‌ per The New York Times.

MOST RECENT UPDATES: Successful meeting with Mayor Strickland Friday, April 20th! This conversation was a starting point of how the funds will be used in a meaningful way for the city’s bicentennial, and I’m happy to announce that once presented to the City Council and agreed upon, the funds will be transferred. I have received a letter from the mayor's office to pass along to GoFundMe to ensure everybody that has donated will have their funds accepted by the city. I am awaiting response now. Also, I was able to learn what planning has already been done for the city’s bicentennial. Happy to say that lasting and impactful plans are already in place, and ideas for funding use from this campaign discussed, such as literacy and summer youth employment programs, were met with open arms. I have been invited to be a part of the bicentennial steering committee to see this all the way through, and with that being said, the specifics of how these dollars will be used will be researched thoroughly before a decision is made. 

Monday, April 23rd, I spoke at length with Ike Griffith, the Director of the Memphis Office of Youth Services, regarding the use of the GoFundMe funds for programs like MPLOY and MAP in conjunction with the bicentennial. We plan to meet in-person next Tuesday, May 1, to discuss further.

In addition, I am in contact with the City of Memphis administration to get the resolution before the Memphis City Council in time for it to be approved before GoFundMe's deadline of May 18th. At this time, the City of Memphis finance division will need to be setup as the beneficiary of the funds.

All hands are on deck to ensure this happens accordingly! Please, feel free to offer ideas for how the funds might be used in conjunction with the bicentennial!
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This morning I had the pleasure of meeting in-person with Ike Griffith, the Director of the Memphis Office of Youth Services, to continue our conversation from last week and agree upon a meaningful use of these funds during our city's bicentennial celebration. For those of you that have never had the chance to meet Ike, the only word I can use to describe him is fervent. I left City Hall feeling even more inspired than I have been throughout this entire process.

With that being said, the bare bones of our discussion and what will be drafted into a resolution that will go before the City Council is as follows:

The Memphis Budget Replenishment funds raised via GoFundMe will be gifted for Bicentennial Youth Employment Enhancement. Funds can be used for youth transportation to jobs (buses and/or bus passes) and job creation for the City's current MPLOY program during the bicentennial in 2019.

This resolution has to go through an approval process before it makes it to City Council for a vote. We are tentatively looking at either May 22 or June 5 based on the Budget Resolution Schedule, so as soon as I know more on this, I will provide an additional update.

As for GoFundMe, you will remember that in one of my prior updates I mentioned that I was provided a May 18th deadline to have the city setup as a beneficiary. I emailed my contact all of these details shortly ago, and she has confirmed that they will work with me on any deadlines since we are at the mercy of the government's schedule. I will continue to keep them in the loop as we go.

In the meantime, I encourage everyone to visit the Memphis Office of Youth Services website to learn more about MPLOY and other programs provided by our city to youth in the community. http://cityofmemphisyouth.org/moys/

If you are an employer, I also encourage you to check out Hire Memphis, a job board that caters to businesses and youth in our city. https://www.hirememphis.org/

And last but definitely not least, please, continue to share the GoFundMe page! We are at $72,000 so far. Think of what $250,000 (or more) could do for youth in our community during the city's bicentennial. Let's make this 200th anniversary one that truly has an impact!
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We've surpassed $70,000! Keep in mind that the GoFundMe does not currently have a deadline, and the bicentennial is next year. There is still plenty of time to donate and share!
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I provided this update on Twitter and Facebook earlier this week but want to make sure that I posted here as well.

Monday, April 23rd, I spoke at length with Ike Griffith, the Director of the Memphis Office of Youth Services, regarding the use of the GoFundMe funds for programs like MPLOY and MAP in conjunction with the bicentennial. We plan to meet in-person next Tuesday, May 1, to discuss further.

In addition, I am in contact with the City of Memphis administration to get the resolution before the Memphis City Council in time for it to be approved before GoFundMe's deadline of May 18th. At this time, the City of Memphis finance division will need to be setup as the beneficiary of the funds.

All hands are on deck to ensure this happens accordingly!
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Successful meeting with Mayor Strickland today! This conversation was a starting point of how the funds will be used in a meaningful way for the city’s bicentennial, and I’m happy to announce that once presented to the City Council and agreed upon, the funds will be transferred. I have received a letter from the mayor's office to pass along to GoFundMe to ensure everybody that has donated will have their funds accepted by the city. I am awaiting response now. Also, I was able to learn what planning has already been done for the city’s bicentennial. Happy to say that lasting and impactful plans are already in place, and ideas for funding use from this campaign discussed, such as literacy and summer youth employment programs, were met with open arms. I have been invited to be a part of the bicentennial steering committee to see this all the way through, and with that being said, the specifics of how these dollars will be used will be researched thoroughly before a decision is made. Please, let me know your ideas!
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