It can be easy to idealize the early years of childhood, and use our own favorite memories to define what that period means. Recess, a favorite teacher, summer vacation, family holidays. Happiness without a care in the world. But what if instead of building you up, your early years had held you back?
As a parent, it’s natural to want to do anything within your power to meet and protect your child’s best interests. You want him to grow up and become the best person he can be, to experience a happy and fulfilling life, and to know that you are his number one cheerleader and advocate. By investing in your child’s individual success you also make an investment in the future of Memphis - by helping to create the type of community that your children and future generations can thrive in.
Almost 10 years ago, Leadership Memphis pioneered the issue of talent in Memphis, and its research and work led to the creation of the Memphis Talent Dividend, Graduate Memphis, and Success High Schools. All three of these programs have the same target: to increase the number of college graduates in Memphis.
Nothing is more important to the future of our community and its workforce than giving every child the positive experiences and nurturing parenting they need for optimal social and emotional development.
The Workforce Investment Network, for example, is an agency dedicated to improving job opportunities and creating a highly skilled workforce in Memphis, Shelby County, and Fayette County.
It is language that makes us truly human.
While some animals can communicate, there are no other inhabitants on our planet that can express concepts and ideas in complete sentences with a set of spoken words.