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Mayor Jim Strickland continues his commitment to core city services, improving public safety, and providing opportunities for young people. 

Yet the mayor often hears from Memphians who ask a specific question: How can I help?

Here are three specific ways the mayor is encouraging Memphis to get involved:

Mentor a young person: It’s proven that a young person’s ability to choose the right path in life so often depends on the influence of an older person. So in keeping with the city’s commitment to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and in partnership with the Grizzlies Foundation, the mayor is encouraging Memphians to commit to an hour a week of mentoring through The Giving Hour initiative. Visit to sign up.

Read to a child: If a child can’t read by the third grade, they often fall behind. That makes the second grade crucial when it comes to how well our kids read. Shelby County Schools’ Team Read initiative asks for an hour a week and a commitment once a week from October through April to read to second graders — and help improve their futures. Call SCS’s Family and Community Engagement office at 416-7600 to sign up.

Adopt a block: Cleaning up our city is a core mission of Mayor Strickland’s, and the city has done quite a bit to eradicate blight, pick up litter, and cut city-owned grass. Mayor Strickland's new Adopt-A-Block initiative intends to empower citizens to take ownership of cleaning up their own neighborhoods. Complete this form to let us know you’re interested, and we will be in touch as spring approaches.

Questions? Call our Office of Community Affairs at 636-6507.
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