Penny Hardaway Gives Back
Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway Is Giving Back To The Community by BreAnna Boyd
Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway is a former All-Star NBA player. He was born and raised in Memphis, TN by his grandmother who established his famous nickname.
Penny was apart of a AAU basketballl team growing up, which inspired him to create his own.
After retiring from basketball, he partnered with Methodist Hospital to form a gymnasium for the youth in the community.
Tryouts for the team are typically held over the summer. Penny's AAU team gives the youth in the community an opportunity to work with a former basketball player to get hands on training.
His mission is to better the Memphis community, and to teach kids that not having a parent in life should never be an excuse to fail.
The team consists of 6th-11th grade students forming a total of six teams. He understands that there are youth that long for positive role models. Penny has even more for the city in the new future.
To get more information on Team Penny, please visit http://www.iam1cent.com/
The New Memphis Institute is committed to moving Memphis Forward
The New Memphis Institute focuses on transforming the city of Memphis by BreAnna Boyd
The New Memphis Institute, formerly known as The Leadership Academy of Memphis, is moving the city forward by informing new residents about what Memphis can offer.
The Institute believes that in order to see constant improvement in the city, recruitment among businesses must take place. There are many new residents who came from other cities to Memphis for jobs, school, and family. New Memphis' concern is keeping these new residents here.
The Institute holds annual meetings that focuses on shedding light on the city by reflecting on its past and the improvements made today. The New Memphis Institute was the first to develop strategic programs ensuring that Memphis has the talent needed for the future.
In addition to the Institute's many developments, it has partnered with as many as 80 organizations across the city to help execute the mission in moving Memphis forward. New Memphis programs reach across the city, including individuals from all backgrounds. Through recruitment, development, and outreach, the emerging new talent engine is creating a new Memphis.
An emerging city drives tourists which promotes new attractions. Beale street is one of Memphis' main attractions. Tourists come from all over the world to experience the sound of blues and taste Memphis' own barbecue.
A recent U.S. Census study showed that Downtown Memphis is currently on the rise. This means that business is improving in the heart of downtown which brings more jobs and more opportunity.
The Issue of Equality in the Workforce
The Issue of Equality in the Workforce by BreAnna Boyd
The issue of equality among gay and lesbian couples in the workforce is a huge controversial topic. The local AFSCME chapter hosted an event supporting a non-discrimination ordinance.
Their plan is to make the ordinance all inclusive for the city of Memphis. Chad Johnson, the executive director for AFSCME stated, "There should be no discrimination in the workplace. Where I was raised, equality is never a sun."
Another speaker at the event was a transgender by the name of Ellyahnna Hael who also spoke in support of the ordinance.
One 2011 study found an estimated 9 million, or approximately 4% of the U.S. population is lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB), and .3% is transgender.
A recent study showed that 27.1% of all LGB employees experienced discrimination, and 27.1% of LGB employees experience harassment.
Some victims feel like they have to work in specific environments in order to be accepted.
There are many companies who abide by the non-discrimination acts for gay and lesbians, ranging from grocery stores, to shopping centers, and most importantly beauty salons.
The AFSCME chapter plans to put this non-discrimination ordinance in place throughout the entire city of Memphis.
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