Why should we care?
SCS’s ability to provide a quality, equitable education is being undercut by high teacher turnover and year-long teaching vacancies, as well as significant maintenance deficiencies within the schools, all of which leads to higher financial, educational, and health costs. A lack of access to wraparound services provided by qualified social workers, psychologists, and nurses inhibits the successful treatment of trauma or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). Abuse, neglect, and trauma significantly increase the likelihood of suspensions, juvenile criminal behavior, and incarceration. With a median age four years below the national average, Memphis’s population can support economic development, but only if we provide children in our community access to opportunities and support.
Seeking Justice Discussion Guides
As part of our Seeking Justice Town Hall Series, MICAH has put together Discussion Guides for each of our Town Halls to facilitate both self reflection and group discussions on the issue of justice in Shelby County. The Discussion Guides include questions, statistics, important quotes, and panelist bios.
We can only achieve justice when people use their voices collectively to advocate for change, so we highly encourage you to share this Discussion Guide with members of your community.