What is the Student Leadership Symposium?
The Student Leadership Symposium (SLS17) sponsored by Teach For America- Memphis will give 10th -12th grade students the chance to build their leadership by learning from other students in Memphis who are doing amazing things like successfully running a business, dancing & acting at the Hattiloo, community organizing and teaching cooking classes to name a few. SLS17 will empower students to take control of their future and become the change agents for the city of Memphis.
If you are a graduating senior, this event will offer community service opportunities that can be used for the TNAchieves/TNPromise scholarship.
Once you register for the event, a permission slip will be sent to parents electronically for signature. All students who attend must have permission slip on file.
What happens at the Student Leadership Symposium?
Students will begin the day hearing from Moziah Bridges, the owner of Mo’s Bows and one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens” in 2015. Students will then attend 2 workshops presented by students for students. Students will be led by their peers and also tackle tough leadership topics in a judgment free space. While at the SLS17, students will sign up for membership with organizations from across Memphis and Shelby County that will increase their opportunities for scholarships and college. We want students paired with participating programs to ensure they are receiving ongoing support. Breakfast, lunch and a snack will be provided to everyone who registers for this event.
Who will be at the Student Leadership Symposium?
Student leaders representing partner organizations from across the city will be on hand to impact their peers. We are proud to team up with the following community partners:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Girls, Inc. of Memphis, Bridge Builders Memphis, Hattiloo Theater, Collage Dance Collective, The College Initiative, Hutchison School, Memphis Inner City Rugby
National Society of Black Engineers – Memphis, Let’s Innovate Through Education, Code Crew, Scholar Academies, ReachMemphis, Memphis Challenge, Brown Girl Dreams & Memphis Prom Closet
Is this event free?
Yes. The event is free, however we do need everyone to register and a permission slip for everyone who attends. Permission slips will be emailed out to everyone who registers and can be returned in person the day of the event, by email at StudentLeadershipMemphis@teachforamerica.org or by faxing it to 901.328.5715.
What meals are provided?
We are providing breakfast, lunch and a snack to everyone who registers.
Can I come if I am not in 10th, 11th or 12th grade?
Unfortunately, at this time the event is geared towards older high school students. We hope to be able to open this event up to other students next year.
What should I wear to the event?
You should wear a shirt representing your high school and comfortable pants and shoes. The sessions will be very interactive so please be prepared to move your body! Since there will be community service projects available, if you want to participate, please wear clothes that will allow you to get dirty.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There will be parking designated in both school parking lots for attendees. Parents can drop off students at the front of the school beginning at 8:30 am for registration. Transportation will not be provided by the SLS17 at this time.
What can I bring into the event?
After you register for your sessions, you will be instructed on what particular items to bring. There will be a Memphis Marketplace and Opportunities Fair, where you can purchase great locally made items from your peers, sign up for local organizations or gather resources that will help you stay college and career ready!
Do I need to have a permission slip to attend?
YES! We will email the permission slip to everyone who registers. You can return the permission slip in person, by emailing it to StudentLeadershipMemphis@teachforamerica.org or by faxing it to 901.328.5715. We are using a program called “DocuSign” that allows parents to sign the permission slip using a smartphone.
What is the earliest I can be dropped off? Picked up?
You can be dropped off as early as 7:45am. You will need to be picked up no later than 3:30pm.