Employment, Job Related

Advance Memphis

  • Memphis, TN
  • http://advancememphis.org/

Mission Statement

The mission of Advance Memphis is to serve adults in the Cleaborn/Foote community of inner city Memphis by empowering residents to acquire knowledge, resources, and skills to be economically self-sufficient through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Service Areas

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Tennessee

Advance Memphis serves only adult residents of the 38126 zip code.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 1999

Self-reported

Mr. Steve Nash

Keywords

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Advanced Memphis, AdVance Memphis, Advance, 38126

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EIN

62-1778254

 Number

3847086521

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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2014 Accomplishments: 95 neighborhood residents graduated from Jobs for Life this year, completing 6 weeks of soft skill job training, including resume creation, mock interviews, goal setting, and much more. 101 grads started temp jobs this year. 26 of these were then transferred into permanent positions. Another 30 graduates were hired directly into permanent positions. Employees of our Advance Memphis Staffing Program earned over $800,000. 15 students received their GED/HSE this year. The test is more difficult this year, resulting in lower pass rates nationwide. Even so, Advance boasts a 68% pass rate, compared with a 53% national rate and a 60% rate at our local testing center. 27 students completed Faith & Finances (7 above our goal), earning a personal finance education AND the right to open an Individual Development Account (matched savings). 15 students opened IDAs this year and 3 saved enough to purchase cars. 9 of the participants who opened accounts this year are still saving. 15 students completed LAUNCH (training for entrepreneurs) and, as a direct result, at least 12 of those grads have started or solidified businesses and have made sales since completing class. Most of these businesses operate from 38126; some employ residents. Worked with 240 volunteers to provide mentoring relationships, tutoring, and training to graduates. Goals for 2015: Transition from Jobs for Life curriculum to Work Life. Work Life is curriculum that we wrote and published through a partnership with Jobs for Life and the Chalmers Center. Hold at least one training for new adopters of the curriculum from outside Advance Memphis. Increase employment available in the community by purchasing neighborhood warehouse space, allowing us to increase work through our Outsourcing Program and increase employment opportunities by leasing warehouse space to partner tenants. Warehouse space will also allow us to expand opportunities for graduates of our LAUNCH program for entrepreneurs, providing below market rates on space for these graduates and their businesses. Advance Memphis will lead the creation and hosting of the "Market Solutions for Community Transformation" one day conference that will precede the Christian Community Develop Conference that will be held in Memphis November. This conference will explore and inspire social enterprise and other market-driven efforts and opportunities for community development and poverty alleviation. We will continue to work towards all program-specific internal and impact goals, including have at least 90 graduates of Work Life, at least 100 graduates going to work in temporary positions and at least 30 graduates transitioning from temporary to full time.

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Advance Memphis serves only adult residents of the 38126 zip code.

Funding Needs

By December 4th, 2015, we need to raise $121,000 in funds for the renovation of our new warehouse space at 575 Suzette. This will allow us to receive a matching gift from the Plough Foundation by December 15, 2015 and proceed on schedule with renovations. We are currently scheduling meetings with potential tenants for the warehouse space and have several strong candidates. However, our goal is to find the ideal candidates: those who will commit to hiring our grads, those who will be able to employ a higher number of our grads, and those who will provide unique training opportunities for our grads, helping them to build their experience and their skills. While financial investment in this project is needed and important, we are just as focused on developing relationships with potential tenants. Operational dollars continue to be a priority.

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ADVANCE MEMPHIS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Advance Memphis

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Steve Nash

BIO

Summary Raised support and to start small non-profit to promote financial self-sufficiency among the very poor in South Memphis. Lead the organization from a staff of 1 to a staff of 14 and hundreds of volunteers, adding programs and services to address the roadblocks that are common among those living in generational poverty. Experience Advance Memphis Founder/Executive Director ▪ 1999-present 769 Vance Avenue Memphis, TN 38126 Developed Advance Memphis as a leader in the field of urban ministry. Leading the board, staff, and volunteers to create and provide programs that address generational poverty in a holistic manner. Using and developing best practices in community development and working to ensure that input from program participants inform all program development and strategic planning. Planned Maintenance Program ▪ 1994-1999 ▪ Developed leads and made sales. ▪ Managed team to meet sales goals. MCI ▪ 1992-1994 ▪ Promoted to train and reshape low performers. ▪ Managed 700,000 leads on a daily basis. ▪ Set sales goals. Education Memphis State ▪ Bachelor of Business Administration Drury College ▪ Began work toward Masters of Business Administration

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Dan Butler

CrestCore Realty

Term: Jan 2011 - Dec 2016

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