Meet Christina

Meet Christina

Behind the Scenes with Memphis Allies: Christina Gann, a guiding light  When the Memphis Allies initiative to reduce gun violence launched in 2021, the enormity of the challenge was understood:   People on the front lines would be working with a high-risk population,...
Meet Randy

Meet Randy

Elite Boxing and Randy Dixon Partner with SWITCH Youth Psychology student, college basketball player, and gang member. Randy Dixon was all three and not necessarily in that order. In fact, Dixon paired what he had learned in psychology class with his innate court...
Meet Cody

Meet Cody

Meet Cody Brown: Helping Memphis Allies participants enter the workforce  Creating strong community ties is critical when it comes to the work of Memphis Allies and that is just what Vocational Coordinator Cody Brown does. “My job is to do all the behind-the-scenes...
Meet Portia

Meet Portia

Connecting high-risk individuals to the right services: Meet Portia Memphis Allies is increasing services to individuals at highest-risk for involvement in gun violence. Every day, Portia talks to youth, families and young adults, helping them connect to the right...
Meet Outreach Specialist Antonio Dowdy

Meet Outreach Specialist Antonio Dowdy

Antonio Dowdy uses his experiences to save lives and reduce gun violence. Antonio Dowdy learned all the hard lessons guns can teach a young man in Memphis. Now, he’s working to make sure others learn from his experience and take easier paths.   Dowdy grew up in the...
Performers with Playback Memphis bring memories, stories to life.

Playback Memphis

Playback Memphis brings drama therapy to Memphis Allies’ SWITCH participants As they work through the five phases of the SWITCH — Support With Intention To Create Hope — program model, our mission is to help participants change the trajectory of their...