News (and Blog) http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php en mentor@grizzlies.com Copyright 2015 2015-02-27T18:24:41+00:00 GrizzFIT Kids Bootcamp Teaches Fitness and Life-Skills http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/grizzfit-kids-bootcamp-teaches-fitness-and-life-skills http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/grizzfit-kids-bootcamp-teaches-fitness-and-life-skills#When:18:24:41Z According to the Center for Disease Control, obesity has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the last 30 years, and today 1 in 4 Memphis children suffer from obesity. A study from the U.S. National Library of Medicine also found links between exercise and increased academic performance, and with the decline of physical activity programs in schools, many students are missing out. The GrizzFIT Kids Bootcamp strives to fill the youth fitness gap. This initiative for Memphis area 8-14 year olds that embodies the idea that exercise, mental health and social well-being work together in an environment where physical activity leads to positive influences in children’s lives. The program officially began its spring season with the GrizzFIT Draft Combine on Jan. 27 as part of NBA Fit Live Healthy Week presented by Kaiser Permanente. Over 160 participants from all three bootcamp locations came together for the first time to run through a series of fitness challenges on the Grizzlies Practice Court. The kids set personal baselines in push-ups, sprints, broad jumps, speed and curl-ups, which will be compared to baselines taken later in the program to show progress. The program is now entering its third week of eight weeks of physical activity, team-building exercises and nutrition lessons. Each week, the Bootcamp focuses on three aspects of fitness: physical, social and mental. Physical fitness is the main aspect of the program, and students learn this through proper exercise techniques and fitness challenges. Social fitness comes through the participants’ positive interactions with each other, teaching them the importance of teambuilding and building a network of social support. Mental fitness is instilled through holding oneself accountable for schoolwork and an at-home nutrition activity, in which students have to make healthy decisions and keep a log of their wellness behavior. The 90 minute bootcamp sessions are led by coaches that guide the students through these three aspects. Weeks focus on power, speed, agility, strength and core, introduced through group and individual exercise techniques. Students are also tasked with logging their wellness behavior at home, ensuring they are thinking about nutrition and fitness even outside the program, as well as character challenges, requiring them to demonstrate life and leadership skills throughout the week. The GrizzFIT Kids Bootcamp is part of GrizzFIT, a platform that promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by encouraging people to make nutritious food choices, exercise daily and have fun doing it.  The program operates out of three locations around Memphis: Downtown at Streets Ministries and Tom Lee Park at Beale St. Landing, Midtown at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center, and Graham Heights at Streets Ministries and Kingsbury Elementary School. | 2/27/15 2015-02-27T18:24:41+00:00 Staxtacular: A New Spin On A Classic Record http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/staxtacular-a-new-spin-on-a-classic-record http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/staxtacular-a-new-spin-on-a-classic-record#When:18:24:41Z The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is filled with legends: records of legendary soul musicians line the walls of the Museum and, as the former site of Stax Records, countless artists have recorded chart-topping hits within the walls. The Stax legacy continues to this day at the Stax Music Academy and Soulsville Charter School, where Stax uses the power of music and opportunity to shape young people’s lives and keep valuable history alive. Benefitting the non-profit Soulsville Foundation and in partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies, Staxtacular 2015 Presented by Suntrust brought together the worlds of basketball and music, raising $200,690.  The Grizzlies core four Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph hosted the sold-out event, leading Staxtacular 2015 to be one of the Soulsville Foundation’s most successful events to date. At the annual fundraiser, roughly 640 party-goers had full reign of the Stax Museum and parts of the Stax Music Academy. In addition, the evening offered plenty to do, including auctions featuring Grizzlies memorabilia, travel packages, original artwork from local artists and much more.  The talented Stax Music Academy students performed throughout the night, from soul performances in the Museum to a Jazz Jam in the Academy, followed by a spirited performance from the Bo-Keys and Stax Records legend William Bell. The food rivaled any fine dining experience: pyramids of fruits and desserts, made to order tacos and pasta and even sushi were available around almost every corner, looking almost too good to eat. When not enjoying the food, music or drinks (the exclusive Staxtini was a popular hit!), guests mingled with the entire Grizzlies team roster. Staxtacular helps fund the work happening at the Soulsville Foundation.  Funds raised support the tuition-free Soulsville Charter School, provide the need-based Soul Children Scholarships for Stax Music Academy attendees and ensure the continued operation of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. So what makes the Soulsville, USA community so unique? Students in the Stax Music Academy have performed at home in Washington, D.C. and abroad in Germany, Italy and Australia, spreading the unique Memphis sound the Stax Academy promotes across the nation and the world. Serving more than 2,500 students, the Stax Music Academy teaches vocals, instrumentals, music writing, production and other aspects to help students lead the Memphis sound into the next generation. Next door is the Soulsville Charter School, serving 530 students in grades 6-12 that provides an academically rigorous but music-rich environment for learning. Founded in 2005, the Soulsville Charter School’s first graduating class in 2012 had a 100% college acceptance rate – and so has every class since. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music pays tribute to the soul legends that recorded at Stax Records, and remains the world’s first and only soul music museum showcasing Memphis soul to a new generation. The idea for Staxtacular was born in 2005, when former Grizzlies players Shane Battier and Brian Cardinal and their wives, inspired by the Stax Records legacy and encouraged by the Soulsville Foundation’s work with at-risk young people, offered to host a fundraiser. A hit every year since, Staxtacular is now hosted by current Grizzlies players and remains one of the most popular fundraising events in Memphis, raising over $1 million since its inception. The Soulsville Foundation is a Memphis, Tennessee-based nonprofit organization that operates the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Stax Music Academy, and the Soulsville Charter School. In addition to operating the world’s only soul music museum, its mission is to provide leadership and financial support that promotes and utilizes the music and heritage of Soulsville USA to develop young people for lifelong success. For more information, visit www.soulsvillefoundation.org. | 2/18/15 2015-02-27T18:24:41+00:00 The Coach’s Changing Role http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/the-coachs-changing-role http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/the-coachs-changing-role#When:18:24:41Z In the hit NBC series Friday Night Lights, Coach Taylor was the quintessential coach-mentor: strict and moral, but fair and dedicated, a strong and level-headed mentor figure for his kids, many of whom lacked guidelines. Parents have probably longed for someone like Coach Taylor, someone who wasn’t just a coach, but a teacher, mentor and leader. The Memphis Grizzlies Foundation partnership with Up2Us, the leading organization promoting and training coaches in sports-based youth development (SBYD), is advancing sports as a tool to address the critical social issues facing our youth. SBYD focuses on using sports as a solution to youth and community problems by providing coaches with the necessary training and support to coach kids not only in sports skill building, but also in character skill building. Coaches learn how to congratulate successes while encouraging constant growth, create safe spaces that teach emotional and physical safety, and foster the social support of a team. Starting this year, all GrizzFIT coaches will be required to complete SBYD training through Up2Us. The coach’s role is to leverage sports to build strong and meaningful relationships with young people, helping to prepare them for success in college, career and life, and the training will further their commitment and development to mentor effectively. GrizzFIT promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by encouraging people to make nutritious food choices, to exercise regularly and to have fun doing it. Within the GrizzFIT platform lies the TEAM UP Youth Sports Partnership, a coalition of community organizations that use sport as a catalyst for youth development. Fully embodying the coach’s changing role, partnership organizations Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM), Streets Ministries and Grizzlies Prep are a part of a dedicated force committed to making SBYD training mandatory for coaches. “They (Up2Us) treat character and leadership and resilience and all the different components that go into life and personality as much a skill as they do the sport,” said Joel Katz, manager of the TEAM UP Youth Sports Partnership. “Winning is important, and the training will not say it isn’t, because it is. But it’s understanding how to win, it’s understanding what it takes to win, it’s getting kids to believe in the process.” Katz sees the required training as a way to redefine the coach’s typical role, and his enthusiasm for the possibilities is infectious. GrizzFIT is deep in many communities, and the training is seen as a way to bridge youth sports and mentoring. Many times, recreational coaches are volunteers and don’t have any formal training or professional development. The SBYD training helps demonstrate how coaches can also be mentors, utilizing the special relationship between coaches and kids to reach past sports skills and into life skills. In a program like GrizzFIT, where many participants may not have access to positive role models, the training helps coaches fill a void. Coaches often come out of training with a new energy and appreciation of coaching. By learning new coaching techniques that can be directly applied to their teams, they become more confident in their own abilities, a confidence that is then directed to the kids. Sports can be a catalyst for driving leadership development, and with SBYD training, coaches will understand how to draw out, expand and ultimately create future community leaders. | 1/29/15 Blog, 2015-02-27T18:24:41+00:00 Teaming Up For Mentoring http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/teaming-up-for-mentoring http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/teaming-up-for-mentoring#When:18:24:41Z To recognize the role that mentors can play in children’s lives, the Memphis Grizzlies hosted “Mentor Night at FedExForum.” That evening, the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, Inc. partnership was announced and over 400 mentors and mentees attended the Grizzlies vs. Suns game on Jan. 11. The Grizzlies Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, Inc. (BBBS) partnership helps ensure Memphis youth have access to reaching their full potential. Diane Terrell, the executive director of the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation and Community Investment, and Elliott Perry, chairman of the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation board, joined George Cogswell, BBBS chairman of the board, and Adrienne Bailey, BBBS president and CEO, on-court for the presentation of a ‘TEAM UP’ plaque, signifying the new partnership’s emphasis on teaming up to help Memphis children find encouraging adult mentors. In honor of National Mentoring Month, over 400 mentors and mentees participated in Mentor Night, receiving tickets, dinner and recognition. Bigs and littles (the BBBS terms for mentors and mentees) performed pre-game interviews about their relationships, and mentors and mentees from Streets Ministries took to the court to shoot some baskets in Assist 2 Win. Mentor Night saw the launch of Dinner + A Game, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. The Grizzlies Foundation has long supported Memphis-area youth organizations through the Tickets For Kids program, which provides tickets for Grizzlies games, and Dinner + A Game is an extension that also provides attendees with healthy dinners. The game featured a ‘Mentor Zone,’ a central space in the International Paper area that gave local mentoring organizations a place to talk about their organizations and sign up fans as volunteers. Representatives from Virtue Quest, Streets Ministries, Agape Child & Family Services, Grizzlies Prep and the TEAM Mentor Program were on hand. Armed with iPads to ease the sign-up process, several prospective new mentors were signed up and dozens more left with information on how to volunteer. The Grizzlies Foundation also introduced the ‘I Was That Kid’ public service announcement campaign. Depicting the challenges urban youth face in their own words with Grizzlies players Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter relating to their stories, the call-to-action series encourages youth mentoring in Memphis. The campaign is one aspect of the Grizzlies’ ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative, which aims to recruit 5,000 new mentors by 2020. The Memphis Grizzlies Foundation is dedicated to providing quality mentoring programming to ensure that all of Memphis’ youth have access to strong mentors. Being someone who matters is what mentoring is all about. The night recognized and celebrated hundreds of mentors that have donated countless hours to their mentees. | 1-23-15 2015-02-27T18:24:41+00:00 Finding New Pathways To Success http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/finding-new-pathways-to-success http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/finding-new-pathways-to-success#When:18:24:41Z Terrion Mayfield, a senior at Booker T. Washington High School, paused to think about what kind of effect his mentor has had on him. Because of his mentor, Mayfield is applying to college and had done things he never thought possible, like YoungLife, a Christian youth program, and out-of-town camping trips. Though Mayfield is grateful to his mentor for all these things, he’s most thankful for helping him straighten his path.  “[My mentor] replaced the position of my father and gave me a sense that there was somebody I could come to,” said Mayfield, a five-year veteran of Streets’ Pathways mentoring program. “I can look around at my surroundings and see how I would have been if I didn’t have a mentor, because I still see people that I grew up with and I was doing the same things they were in sixth and seventh grade, and I got a mentor, so I grew up kinda different, and they’re still on the same path. It helped me compare and contrast my life between them.” Streets Ministries began in 1987 as a youth outreach effort with just a van and a basketball, and today provides a home-away-from-home for over 1,200 students in the Downtown and Graham Heights neighborhoods of Memphis. As one of its many programs, Streets operates an education-based mentoring program called Pathways. Mentors and mentees spend an hour a week together, whether it’s getting dinner, reading together or going to Memphis Grizzlies games. Currently, approximately 65 mentors and 69 mentees take part in the program. Studies from the National Mentoring Partnership found a number of positive impacts from having a mentor, such as lower rates of skipping school, illegal drug use, higher rates of college enrollment and volunteerism. “One thing I noticed is there’s an increase in broken families, increase in fatherlessness, increase in kids who are being raised in really traumatic environments,” said Ryan Thomas, a five month mentor. “[I can be] a positive voice and be someone who actually lets the kid know I care about him. Sometimes, if you have that, it can turn a person’s life around.” Through the Pathways program, students are able to see life with a more optimistic perspective, according to Reggie Davis, executive director of Streets Ministries. They gain social, academic and cultural context through the mentors, who expose them to areas outside their community. Mentors also provide students with a helping hand or listening ear when life gets tough. What sets Streets’ Pathways program apart from other mentoring programs is its focus on a more practical curriculum. While there are weekly reading and math requirements, Streets emphasizes finding out what students love and making a career out of it.  “There’s so many other educational opportunities they may not know about,” said Maggie Zambetti, middle school education coordinator at Streets. “Part of that is saying ‘What do you want to do?’ and what are goals that we can set that are very attainable. How can we create stepping stones, you know, just some basic things.” Another tenet of Pathways is a data-driven focus on student literacy levels. Mentors are given testing tools to see where their mentees’ reading levels are, and are able to track progress throughout the year. Once mentors are able to see just how far behind reading level their mentee may be, “the investment immediately changes,” Zambetti said. This investment goes far beyond just education, however. Noel Douglas experienced this firsthand through her mentee, Hannah, a seventh grader that Douglas has been mentoring at Streets for over two years now. The defining moment in their relationship came just a few weeks ago when Hannah came to Noel for advice about the way her boyfriend had been treating her. “I’m like, okay, he needs to be treating you like a princess … so I taught her how to break up with him. She came up to me and was so excited she had broken up with him,” Douglas said. “The relationship I have with her is so rewarding, and I love it that when I go to Streets she always wants to give me a hug and wants to talk to me. I would encourage anyone to be in a mentoring relationship at Streets. It’s really unique and special and it’s definitely rewarding.” Davis noted that sometimes mentors do not think they can make a difference in a child’s life, but he stresses that will fade away as the mentor and mentee begin a relationship. “There is a change in mentors once they come in. Most of the time it’s ‘Yeah, I wanna do something and make a difference,’ but I don’t know if people really know they can make a difference,” Davis said. “They start to build a relationship with a young person and they see positive change and things start to click and happen, and that’s encouraging.” | January 9, 2015 2015-02-27T18:24:41+00:00 Enchantment, Lights, Spectacle and More http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/enchantment-lights-spectacle-and-more http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/enchantment-lights-spectacle-and-more#When:18:24:41Z The holiday season presents the perfect time to experience amazing happenings in and around Memphis. There is an overwhelming amount of activity to enjoy, including countless parades, shows and events. As kids are out of school, it’s also the perfect time for mentors and mentees to gain some quality time. But with so many things to do, how can you narrow down the choices? Here are some of our favorite holiday activities. 1. A Christmas Carol, presented by Theatre Memphis What better way to bring in the holidays with the seminal Christmas classic? In this tale, Ebenezer Scrooge sees the true spirit of the holidays through visions of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come. Good thing Scrooge had some great mentors on his side to show him past his bitterness! Playing now through Dec. 23 at Theatre Memphis. Matinees are at 3 pm and evening showings are at 7 pm. Prices: adult - $30, student - $15, children 11 and under - $10. 2. Memphis Botanic Gardens Snowy Nights: Taking a walk down Playhouse Lane through themed lighting and a musical light show sets the tone for Snowy Nights, but that’s just a small portion of things to do. Groups can create icicle ornaments, complete scavenger hunts in the Snowflake Forest and much more. Even better, there are campfires on the patio for roasting s’mores. And if you forget your s’more kit, don’t worry: they’re available for purchase at the event. Running every night until Dec. 30 at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. Times are 5:30-8:30 pm, with last admission at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. 3. Memphis Zoo Lights What better mentor and mentee activity than Memphis’ biggest lights display? Ride through the Zoo Lights on the tram, hang out with Santa in the Courtyard and witness the marvelous Magic Mr. Nick Illusion Show. There’s also a Ferris wheel and camel rides, plus ice skating! Running 5:30 – 9:30 pm every night from Dec. 19 – 30 at the Memphis Zoo. Tickets are $6 for members and $8 for non-members. Ferris wheel, camel rides and ice skating cost extra. 4. Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees: The annual Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees at the Pink Palace, benefiting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, is a great destination for mentors and mentees. Visitors can stop by the Penguin Pals, explore the Gingerbread Village and much more. Plus, you know you’re helping a great cause. Visit on Dec. 19 until 9 pm to witness the forest sparkling at night. Running through Dec. 31 at the Pink Palace Museum. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday – Saturday and noon – 5 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  5. Cirque Dreams Holidaze If you really want to reward your mentee, the Cirque Dreams Holidaze is the perfect Christmas gift. Blending classic Cirque du Soleil acrobatics, Broadway music and dance and a holiday theme, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is the perfect show for mentors and mentees who want a bit of spectacle with their theater. Performances are Dec. 26 and 27 at 8 pm at the Orpheum. Ticket prices range from $48.50 - $78.50. | December 18, 2014 Blog, 2015-02-27T18:24:41+00:00 Nutrition, Stress Management and Physical Fitness? Oh my! http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/nutrition-stress-management-and-physical-fitness-oh-my http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/nutrition-stress-management-and-physical-fitness-oh-my#When:18:24:41Z Learning about exercise techniques and healthy eating sounds like the last way that a group of 7th and 8th graders would want to spend their after school time. Getting them involved and excited in the learning process sounds even harder. So, how can you get the students to embrace healthy living? By introducing the topics the TEAM way and showing the students how these concepts directly relate to their well-being. Over the last few weeks, TEAM mentor scholars learned about nutrition, stress management and physical activity through interactive presentations from the Church Health Center. As one in four Memphis-area students suffer from childhood obesity, the lessons struck a particular resonance with the students, including them in the national conversation about how to improve the health of our youth.  Lesson by lesson, volunteers from the Church Health Center involved the students by introducing concepts through collaborative demonstrations. The students conducted sugar experiments to discover just how much sugar is in that can of soda while learning the dangers of excessive soft drink consumption, such as obesity, attention problems and increased aggression. Physical fitness is particularly hard to get students excited about and very few meet the daily recommendation for activity as the latest data suggests. According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, children and teenagers are supposed to engage in 60 minutes of exercise a day, but only 1 in 3 are reaching that minimum. Students often complain that there is not enough time for them to fit in a full hour of physical exercise every day. So, the Church Health Center showed the students exercises that can be completed anywhere and with friends, such as partner squats and agility drills. Other topics introduced to the scholars included stress triggers and effects, as well as a muscle relaxation technique to reduce stress, and how to measure accurate portion sizes to ensure they are eating correct and healthy amounts. Recent studies have shown that health and well-being are directly correlated with academic achievement — while organizers hope the lessons improve the scholars’ nutrition and physical fitness, the further hope is that it will improve their grades and mental fitness as well. The Grizzlies TEAM Mentor Program, presented by Duncan-Williams, is an after-school youth mentoring program for 7th and 8th grade students administered by the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation. Gender-based, 3 volunteer mentors are matched with 9 students to form each TEAM.  Operating at four local charter schools – Power Center Academy Middle, KIPP Memphis Collegiate Middle, The Soulsville Charter School and Memphis Grizzlies Preparatory Charter School – students acquire 21st Century skill sets that position them for success in the modern economy. | December 18, 2014 2015-02-27T18:24:41+00:00 Ties that bind, and words that transcend http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/ties-that-bind-and-words-that-transcend http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/ties-that-bind-and-words-that-transcend#When:18:24:41Z Each day young boys in grades 6-8 file into Memphis Grizzlies Preparatory Charter School located in downtown Memphis just blocks from FedEx Forum.  All scholars first attend Grizzlies Prep in their uniform wearing slacks, oxford shirts, cardigans, and sweater vests. The Grizzlies Prep tie, by contrast, is earned. The garment symbolizes commitment to the Grizzlies Prep mission and values and solidifies a scholar’s admission at Grizzlies Prep. Held during the fourth week of school, scholars earned their ties and what affectionately correlates as “their stripes” during the Grizzlies Prep Tie Ceremony.  The moment was one celebrated by faculty, staff, families and scholars in the beautiful sanctuary of Calvary Episcopal Church. “Earning a Grizzlies Prep tie signifies a scholar’s acceptance in our community.” Grizzlies Prep school director Elizabeth Simpson said.  “Once a scholar earns his tie, he wears it with pride because he knows it is an outward representation of what Grizzlies Prep, and by extension our staff, scholars, and families stand for: courage, commitment, grit, excellence, responsibility, and excellence.” Value Focuses: A Scholar’s Mentality Grizz Prep core values resonate from floor to floor; from classroom to classroom and are instilled daily. Through an extended school day, double blocks of Math and English Language Arts, time to independently read, and a choice of two electives, Grizzlies Prep provides scholars the tools and support they need to thrive both personally and academically. As young men progress each year, their instruction revolves around themes that build character. Teamwork and friendship are sixth grade focuses. Seventh graders learn about identity and community and the effect one has on the other. At the height of their matriculation at Grizz Prep, eighth grade themes center on self-reliance, manhood and power structures. 1 Million Words: A Scholar’s Window to Higher Standards Coupled with Grizz Prep value themes, every scholar has a goal to read 1 million words this school year. Studies show a correlation between number of words read in a year and overall academic ability. Students who read over 1,000,000 words per year land in the 80th percentile or higher on most standardized test measures. This exposure to a vast amount of words also increases vocabulary, improves comprehension and helps the brain focus. Reading helps students develop their imagination, discover new adventures and learn about the world around them. “Reading is fun to me because it takes me to a different world.” said Grizz Prepster and eighth-grader Tye Ficklen.  “Grizzlies Prep gives me a lot of time to read and has a good library full of books.” After just five weeks into the school year, Ficklen and seventh-grader Rodrick Wilson, are well on their way to reaching the mark and have already read over a half a million words. Wilson remarks of his accomplishment, “I never read a lot before I came to Grizzlies Prep, but we have rewards here that encourage me to read. Now reading is fun!” Grizzlies Prep was recently named a reward school ranking among the top 5% of charter schools in the state for performance. Building life-long learners and men of character, it is also one of only a few schools to consistently grow students an average of two grade levels per year making it a replicable model for success in boyhood. | September 23, 2014 2015-02-27T18:24:41+00:00 2014-2015 TEAM Mentor Schedule http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/team-mentor-2014-2015-schedule http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/team-mentor-2014-2015-schedule#When:18:24:41Z The Grizzlies TEAM Mentor Program is expanding for the 2014-2015 school year. This is your one window of opportunity to join our TEAM! Mentors are matched on a single-gender “TEAM”, made of 3 volunteer mentors and 9 middle school scholars. Mentors will select a mentoring site and meet there for 90 minutes, once a week, for the duration of the school year (see below for schedule). Mentors will be provided with a pre-service training, interactive lesson plans, and weekly support from Grizzlies staff to ensure that the experience is positive for all participants. Mentors will also have the opportunity to join their TEAM on a few off-site field trips, including a game night experience at FedExForum. Interested in becoming a TEAM Mentor? Complete a TEAM Mentor Profile to begin the process. 2014-2015 TEAM Mentor Schedule Monday – 4:00-5:30pm – Freedom Preparatory Academy (7th grade)  Tuesday – 3:30-5:00pm – The Soulsville Charter School (7th and 8th grade) Tuesday – 3:30-5:00pm - Grizzlies Prep (7th grade male only) Wednesday – 3:45-5:15pm – KIPP Memphis (8th Grade) Thursday –3:30-5:00pm – Power Center Academy (7th and 8th grade) Questions or still need more information??? Call us at 205-TEAM, email us at mentor@grizzlies.com, or join us at our Mentor Open House and Locker Room Tour. Click here to RSVP. | 2015-02-27T18:24:41+00:00 Mentor. Be the Difference. http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/if-there-was-one-thing http://teamupmemphis.org/index.php/site/if-there-was-one-thing#When:18:24:41Z TEAM UP with the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation to transform the lives of young people. The Memphis Grizzlies are deeply committed to youth mentoring as a key strategy to achieve our shared goals for all students in Memphis: success in college and life. The Grizzlies TEAM UP initiative has served as a channel to connect students to positive adult role models, further expanding opportunity for students in Memphis. And Mentoring Works! Studies have linked mentoring to improved academic, social and economic outcomes. The Grizzlies TEAM UP Initiative presented by Duncan-Williams is recruiting mentors for the 2014 – 2015 school year. TEAM UP with the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation to transform the lives of young people through mentoring. Take Action, Apply Now.   | 2015-02-27T18:24:41+00:00