The Greater Memphis area has more than 45,000 young adults, aged 16-24, who are out of school and out of work. Nearly half of these young adults are in poverty, and only 1% will be on the path to a living wage by the time they are 28. The young adult population represents the next generation of community, business, and political leaders. It is imperative that they are equipped with the skills and supports that they need today in order to guide Memphis forward tomorrow. The Collective Blueprint advances a community framework that reflects the personal and economic aspirations of the city’s young populace.
The Collective Blueprint was started in 2016 and is the only local organization that is specifically tailored to the needs of young adults. We provide relationships, resources, and a network of support to help young adults discover and develop their unique talents in order to advance their personal and professional objectives. Our Vision is all young adults have the power to live their best lives and the tools to make that a reality.
The Collective Blueprint Model
The Collective Blueprint is building the framework to reach economic equity for all young adults in the following ways:
1. Programs:Establish career pathways for young adults that will put them on track toward a living wage
2. Advocacy:Advocate for equitable policies and programs that meet the unique needs of young adults
3. Systemic Change:Bring about systemic change that will enable young adults to identify, pursue and achieve their life goals
The Collective’s strategy relies on engaging and building strong partnerships with employers across Memphis. This new role will work with the CEO, who acts as a cross-functional, strategic lead for the organization, on employer partnership strategy development and will develop and oversee a number of important employer engagement initiatives.
The Greater Memphis area has more than 45,000 young adults, aged 16-24, who are out of school and out of work. Nearly half of these young adults are in poverty, and only 1% will be on the path to a living wage by the time they are 28. The young adult…