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UCAN of Memphis is an organization that mentors at-risk behavior students in middle and high school. We mentor boys and girls who have been affected by bullying, low self-esteem and behavior issues which causes low academic performances.
UCAN of Memphis (You Can Achieve Now) Co-Founder and Executive Director, Leshundra Robinson, made it her mission to return to her former neighborhood in North Memphis to make a difference. She decided the best way to leave a larger imprint would be to form an organization dedicated to serving youth where she grew up. In 2016, we reached 1,123 students.
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Featured articles include:
Daily News (Job readiness)
Memphis Business Journal (people on the move)
An unknown author wrote, “Never forget where you came from; it’s made you the person you are today.”
Featured in RSVP VOX Poplar, Tri-State Defender, Daily News, Lipscomb & Pitts, WUMR U92FM,
President awarded 2014 S.I.S. Award from Walking into a New Life and Single Successful Moms
Nominated in various categories with Nexus, Best in Black Awards and Volunteer Mid-South.
UCAN of Memphis has impacted 1,123 students in FY16 compared to 250 in FY15. We have supported local schools in programs such as leadership development, mentoring and bullying awareness. We have seen violent incidents drop from 6.38 per day in the 2015-2016 school year to 5.53 a day in the 2016-2017 school year. The total of 963 incidents compared to 1,110 in the previous school year, which had the same 174-day school year. (according to Daily News)
Target demographics: young adolescents to overcome obstacles and improve self-confidence
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,123 students in the Mid-South area
Geographic areas served: the mission of Memphis, TN North Memphis area
Programs: mentoring, workforce development in leadership and soft skills, and bullying awareness and prevention
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Our mission is to strengthen young adolescents through mentoring, workforce readiness and bullying awareness which will bring forth positive growth in the community.
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