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A ‘Peacekeeping’ Mission

Memphis Allies: A `peacekeeping’ mission in progress

Recently, Antonio Dowdy’s phone rang in the middle of the night. Dowdy, as a Memphis Allies outreach specialist, works to establish relationships with young people most at risk for gun violence.

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, but that population wouldn’t just be a collection of clones. Rather, each would have their own story.

Meet Randy

Known simply as “Coach” or “OG” to the young men he trains, Elite Performance Foundation founder Randy Dixon doesn’t hesitate to tell them that he loves them, saying, “Most of them have never heard that from a man.” Dixon’s boxing gym is in Hickory Hill, and he is a new partner with Memphis Allies’ SWITCH Youth program.

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 work, so the life coaches don’t have to,” he says.

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...

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 lives....

Meet Life Coach Angelo

Meet Life Coach Angelo

MEET MEMPHIS ALLIES: ANGELO, LIFE COACH, LIFELINE TO SUCCESS SWITCH TEAMCHANGING LIVES IS HIS CAREER Angelo was facing a really tough situation. He was living in a hotel and didn’t have the money to pay for even another night. He and everything he owned was about to...

Meet Renardo and I Shall Not Die But Live! 

Meet Renardo and I Shall Not Die But Live! 

Memphis Allies is expanding the SWITCH – Support with Intention to Create Hope -- program to Orange Mound with a new partner and office. SWITCH serves individuals aged 17 to 30 who are at highest risk for involvement in gun violence. SWITCH is now serving...

U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty meets with a SWITCH Youth team

U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty meets with a SWITCH Youth team

Sen. Hagerty and national visitors learn more about gun violence initiatives in Memphis As U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty looked on, life coaches and counselors reviewed the progress of one of the first participants in Memphis Allies’ SWITCH Youth program. SWITCH Youth –...

The Power of Two

The Power of Two

In SWITCH Youth, clinical specialists and life coaches team up to help high-risk youth Meet Memphis Allies Switch Youth Clinical Specialist: Taneshia Blackshire Growing up in a small town in Mississippi, Taneshia Blackshire always knew she had a fiery passion for...

Meet Memphis Allies: Life Coach Tony Matthews

Meet Memphis Allies: Life Coach Tony Matthews

A MEMBER OF THE LIFELINE TO SUCCESS SWITCH TEAM IN RALEIGH/FRAYSER Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Tony is part of the Lifeline to Success Switch team serving Raleigh/Frayser community. Growing up, Tony’s life lacked family stability and normalcy....

Meet Memphis Allies: Life Coach Florence Brooks

Meet Memphis Allies: Life Coach Florence Brooks

A MEMBER OF THE LIFELINE TO SUCCESS SWITCH TEAM IN RALEIGH/FRAYSER Life Coach Florence “Flo” Brooks brings some much-needed light and support to participants in the Memphis Allies SWITCH program in Raleigh/Frayser. Developed by Youth Villages in consultation with...