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Each year as we get closer to summer and everyone’s children start getting out of school—I often hear the same complaint,

We don’t have anything for children to do”.

While we can always do more and have more activities for our youth, I also want to highlight all the great things that the City of Memphis is providing as well as the many nonprofit organizations offering their services throughout the city.

Memphis Office of Youth Services (MOYS)

The mission of MOYS is to equip students with the tools necessary for becoming contributors to the greater community by inspiring them to make positive decisions in the classroom and beyond through engaging and interactive programs including the Memphis Ambassadors Program (MAP) and the MPLOY Youth Summer Experience.

Memphis Youth Ambassadors Program (MAP) – This is year-round development program for youth participants in grades 9-12 that offers engagement with career-readiness and college-preparation skills. Roughly 440 served each year.

MPLOY Youth Summer Experience - The MPLOY Youth Summer Experience offers various career path options according to the participants’ strengths and interests, including soft skills training, entry-level positions, and internships. Some of the top employers in the Memphis area make this possible by agreeing to serve as Business Partners, offering structured job opportunities for youth for six weeks during the summer months. Each summer 1500-2000 young people participate.

Opportunity R3 (Rethinking, Rebuilding, Rebranding) - offers a guided path to further education or prepare for workforce readiness for disconnected youth ages 16-24. Since March 2022, 120 young people have completed R3. We have another class beginning July 17th. To learn more or sign up, please go here.

Memphis Public Libraries

Each year at its 18 locations, Memphis Public Libraries serves thousands of young people from all across our city. Click on the Explore Memphis image below for a link to everything they have going on this summer or scan the QR code.


Memphis Parks

Another invaluable division of City government, Memphis Parks creates positive and safe places to provide community-centered experiences that connect all Memphians. Each summer, they provide events and activities for thousands of our young people. To sign up or learn more about our programs, visit here. Below is a list of programming and estimated number of people served.

Special events

Family Fun Fridays

Liberty for All 2023!

Play Your Park  (employee supervised)

We will have programming in 34 parks this summer between athletics, Movies in the Park, Play Your Park and other activities (yoga, painting in the park, etc.).

Parks which will have programming include: Raleigh Bartlett Meadows Park, Pierotti Park, Bert Ferguson Park, Germanshire Park, Heroes Park, Fletcher Creek Park, Sea Isle Dog Park, Winridge Park, McFarland Park, Wilson Park, David Carnes Park, Hickory Hill Park, Charjean Park, Binghampton Park, Davis Park, Orange Mound Park, Whitehaven Park, Raines Road, Rozelle-Annesdale Park, Peabody Park, Howze Park, Liberty Park, Glenview, Southside Park, Westwood Park, Robert Church Park, Chandler Park, Douglass Park, Gooch Park, Pickett Park, Hollywood Park, Frayser Park, Willow Park and Overton Park.

The locations and dates for Play Your Park are:

June 5-19:

David Carnes, Frayser Park, Bert Ferguson Park, Glenview Park, Robert Howze Park

June 19-30:

Charjean Park, Wilson Park, Gooch Park, Raines Road Park, Peabody Park

July 3-14:

Winridge Park, Charles W. Davis Park, Southside Park, Germanshire Park, Rozelle-Annesdale Park

July 17-July 28:

Whitehaven Park, Gaston Park, Heroes Park, Douglass Park

Community & Senior Centers

Summer Camp 2023 (8 weeks) Summer camp will be available at all City of Memphis Community Centers for ages 5 – 12, except for Gaisman and Greenlaw.

Teen Camp Sites (8 weeks) Teen summer camp will be available for ages 13 – 15 at the following community centers: Bert Ferguson, Charles Powell, Cunningham, Davis, Ed Rice, Hickory Hill, Lester, and Whitehaven.

Memphis Parks Summer Closing Show

Youth attending Community Center programming outside of camp – 30,759 participants.


Outdoor Pool Season (8 weeks)

World’s Largest Swim Lesson 


Nike Youth Camp

Overton Park Junior Open

Overton Park Junior Clinic

High School Championship

US Kids Golf – 76 participants

TN Golf Foundation Sneds Golf Tour

Junior Golf Rounds

1st Tee of Tennessee/Memphis


Youth Baseball League

Youth Summer Basketball League

Tennis Memphis


Summer free programs

USTA Junior tournaments 

Memphis Police Department

MPD Community Outreach (COP) – COP is an initiative that was developed to better serve the community relative to community policing and the reduction of juvenile violence. The unit consists of officers who are provided target areas from data gathered with the assistance of the University of Memphis. These officers address the problems in the target areas through a three-prong approach: identification, enforcement, and education. They have a presence/collocated at Hickory Hill, Katie Sexton, Douglass, Whitehaven and Hollywood Community Centers and Community Impact Officers present at pools in the summer. Below are examples of some of their programming.

Motivating, Educating, Mentoring, Preparation, Hard-Work, Integrity, Sacrifice (MEMPHIS) Camp - June 5- 16 at Union Valley Baptist Church to teach children about making positive life choices. 50 youth

Youth Crime Watch - provides students with various classes and presentations that address issues relative to violent crime: Bullying, Domestic Violence, Drugs, etc.  3,500 youth since inception

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T) - an education program taught in elementary schools that seeks to prevent use of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and other negative behavior while building trust between law enforcement and communities. 1,000 youth

MPD Police Athletic League (PAL) - coordinated department-wide w/ gym utilization

Boxing Gym Program - coordinated through CE/COP also manages City of Memphis boxing events

Outside the Box - summer program operated with COP Officers (according to manpower availability)

Ride Outside the Box – summer program to teach bicycle safety, repair, and fitness. 60 youth

Partner Organizations (not an exhaustive list)

Check out any one of the groups below to find out more ways to get your child involved and active this summer.

Streets Ministries

Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc.

Memphis Athletic Ministries

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis

YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

Memphis Sports & Event Center

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Memphis River Parks Partnership

Children’s Museum of Memphis

Kroc Memphis

Memphis Zoo

Young Actors Guild

Playhouse on the Square Summer Youth Conservatory

Shelby Farms Park

JIFF Youth

Stax Music Academy

Porter Leath


Point of clarification: In last week’s Update, I wrote that the district attorney had not filed any motion to revoke the bond in the case of Chase Harris. That was not an accurate statement.

However, between December 20, 2022, and May 14, 2023, Chase Harris was arrested by police and released by 201 Poplar four times.  While I appreciate the DA’s office filing a motion to revoke the bond on May 17, it should have been filed earlier, especially after the third arrest which was for shooting at multiple people at a local restaurant.

Go Boats!: If you’re in town this holiday weekend and looking for some fun family entertainment, head out to Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium to watch the Showboats take on the Gamblers Sunday at 1:30. Get your tickets here.

Enjoy your weekend!


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