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Just One Youth (JOY) Campaign
Just One Youth (JOY) campaign
Posted on 12/03/2019
The City of Memphis Office of Youth Services (MOYS) is asking individuals and businesses to contribute to help thousands of youth to be employed through its MPLOY Youth Summer Experience program. The Just One Youth (JOY) campaign was created for businesses to sponsor at least one youth and for citizens to give $20 or more to help MPLOY hire more youth in 2020.

MPLOY pays the participant’s salary while government, companies and businesses provide training and job experience for six weeks. Last year, 10,000 youth applied to be part of the program and the City could only supply jobs for 1,900 youth. 

“That meant over 8,000 young people didn’t get a job or more importantly had no income during the summer months, when they’re not in school,” Ike Griffith, Director of MOYS said. “The youth in this city are a top priority of Mayor Strickland.”

The City of Memphis is asking entities to donate to help the City fund additional jobs in 2020. It costs about $2,000 per participant. We are challenging the community to help Just One Youth and bring joy to more youth this summer. Many participants will be placed in various divisions of City government. 

“It’s urgent we guide and support the youth of our city as they transition into adulthood,” Griffith said. “If we don’t, who will? This can’t be a burden on City government alone. It’s important we all get involved in this work, especially with our businesses and the faith-based communities.”

If you are a business owner or a company, we are asking you to support one or more youth.

Corporate Donation Levels:
$2,000 – 1 youth
$6,000 – 3 youth
$10,000 – 5 youth
$20,000 – 10 youth

For more information, visit

To donate, text Joy2020 to 91999 or make checks payable to the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services. Send to Memphis City Hall, JOY Attn: Ike Griffith, 125 N. Main St. Suite 700, Memphis, TN 38103. 
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