An experience speaking on a panel

Posted by Eric Bleier on October 30, 2012

My opportunity to speak to some of the most voluntaristic students in the Memphis area

Saturday, October 27 I participated on a panel with four other people whom I have known for awhile in a professional capacity. We were speaking to high school students at the Youth Engagement Summit and Community Service Awards hosted by Carnival Memphis. In short, these young people are perhaps the most engaged in the area in terms of creating, executing and sustaining service projects.

We were there to discuss how in our professional work we interest potential volunteers, recognize and retain them and then take questions from the students, which we did via Twitter as well. With me sharing their opinions and thoughts were Sally Pace, current President of the Junior League, Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, Executive Director of the Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Memphis, Estella Mayhue-Greer, President of the Mid-South Food Bank and Douglas Scarboro with the Mayor’s Office of Talent Development who moderated the panel.

I do believe the youth in attendance will be the future talent we want to keep in Memphis as they further their education and community service. Ways you can support students in Memphis is by becoming a mentor first and foremost with organizations such as the Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring program, Memphis PREP and many others. Also, support groups like the New Memphis Institute and Leadership Memphis and their respective programs to engage high school and college students and other sources of talent in Memphis and convince them to “bring those talents to Memphis.”

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