The resulting initiative is a collaboration of 130 stakeholders in Memphis and Shelby County and surrounding areas working together to increase the number of college graduates with a high quality degree, credential or certification to meet the current and future workforce needs.
The focus of this work is on both the traditional and non-traditional student:
- Access – Helping students prepare for and successfully enroll in college
- Persistence and Completion – Ensuring support services are available to students to help students stay in college and complete their degree or other post-secondary credential.
- Re-Entry – Helping adult workers return to college or vocational/technical school
- Persistence and Completion – Helping adults stay in college and complete their post-secondary credential
Memphis Talent Dividend’s roles consist of:
Convener – assemble willing community partners together to address local challenges and share best practices related to college access and attainment
Collaborator – work with community partners to define, plan, implement and evaluate strategies that lead to increased college access and attainment
Coordinator – align like efforts of community partners to have a greater community wide impact
Communicator – share progress of the collaborative work with the community at large.
At the end of the 2014 calendar year, Leadership Memphis was awarded a two-year grant by the Kresge Foundation to advance existing activities of Memphis Talent Dividend with a focus on increasing post-secondary attainment in Memphis 3% annually by 2025 and increasing the FAFSA completion rate by 3% annually until 2025.