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You still have time to make your voice heard before City Council finalizes the FY25 Budget! Join the call to invest in our young people for a brighter future for us all.


education equity

To help all students–regardless of race, class, ability, or background–do well in school, we focus on early literacy, student mental health, high school success, and breaking the school-to-prison pipeline. Our education-centered coalitions and issue areas are the Youth Education Success (YES) Fund, Momentum Memphis Education Task Forces, the Memphis Freshman Success Network, and the Early Literacy Consortium. Learn more.

Racial Justice

Through electoral work, policy advocacy, and community investment, we strive to reach true racial justice in our community. We focus on criminal justice reform and breaking the cycle of mass incarceration, while investing in community supports and basic needs (such as housing, education, transit, etc.). Aside from the coalitions we facilitate, we offer capacity and strategic support to the Youth Justice Action Council.  


You have the power to change our conditions through elections and community organizing. We promote voter education and participation, and leverage our candidate endorsements to increase civic engagement across Memphis and Shelby County. Our civic engagement coalitions are the Shelby County Voter Alliance, the Stand TN endorsement committee, and the Stand TN Organizing Fellowship. Read more.


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Partner Coalitions

Justice & Safety Alliance

In 2021, we convened this coalition to build power in the communities of color most affected by policing and criminal justice inequities. JSA takes a public health, community-centered approach to justice and safety focused on prevention, care, and healing. JSA advocates for investments essential services that provide genuine safety – housing, education, employment, healthcare access, and more. Learn more here!

Momentum Memphis

In 2018, Stand launched Momentum Memphis as an effort to better coordinate and advocate for an education agenda in collaboration with other organizations engaged in similar work. Our task forces work on breaking the school-to-prison pipeline, developing community-centered processes for decisions like the superintendent search, and advocating for student success and wellbeing. Join a task force today!

Moral Budget Coalition

We convened the Moral Budget Coalition in 2021 to advocate for City and County budgets that reflect our values and break cycles of poverty. We advocate for meaningful investments in education, affordable housing, youth development, public transportation, infrastructure, and healthcare (including mental health). Join the fight for a moral budget for a safer Memphis and Shelby County today!


Rev. Dr. James M. Lawson Leaves Us Each with a Legacy of Courage, Commitment and Wisdom – No Matter What!
A Memphis Centenarian since June of 1962, Rev. Dr. James M. Lawson quickly began nonviolent workshops as the new pastor in the deeply segregated South. Some may have thought he was following in the footsteps of the courageous Rev. H. …
The Memphis Power Fellowship is Off to a Strong Start!
Building off of the big success of last December's Memphis Power Summit, we teamed up with The Equity Alliance and Memphis for All to kick off the Memphis Power Fellowship last month! For the past month, the Power Fellows have …
Help Cardell Celebrate the Big 5-0!
Many milestones of my life come in 5s and 10s, and besides turning 50 on Saturday, this year marks: 25 years back in Memphis 20 years in Memphis politics  10 years at Stand for Children – Tennessee Throughout these years, …

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You are the driving force of our organization. Without your dedication, we wouldn’t be able to fight for better education outcomes for kids. That’s why we want to tell your story.