I have had such a wonderful adventure with Literacy Mid-South. From the moment I walked in the door on my first day, I felt like I was home. I have made incredible lifelong friends with my coworkers, the board members, our volunteers, and many of you. Today, though, I am announcing that I will step down from my position as Executive Director following a five-year tenure with the organization.
I’m honored to have been given the opportunity to lead such an inspiring organization that constantly strives to improve literacy rates in Memphis for children and adults. In my five years at the helm, we’ve made tremendous progress in expanding our programming and services and promoting a community of readers. I feel now is the appropriate time to pass the torch and allow the next leader to make his or her mark on our community. This is truly an exciting time for Literacy Mid-South and Shelby County, and I can’t wait to see what the two accomplish together in the next five years and beyond.
Thanks to our staff, board, and people like you, we have begun a multitude of initiatives for Literacy Mid-South that have helped the organization achieve the following milestones:
- Tripled the liquid assets of the organization
- Increased staff from five people to 46 people (beginning this summer)
- Overhauled programming to add new programs like the Read Memphis Project and a summer reading program for 3,000 children
- Created the first-ever adult-learning mobile app for volunteer tutors
- Increased the number of adults served in Memphis from 500 to 1,500, making the Adult Learning Program one of the largest in the South
- Decentralized the 40 year-old Adult Learning Program from office space in Cooper Young to 31 different libraries throughout the Mid-South
- Founded the first-ever Mid-South Book Festival, which is now one of the largest book festivals in the South in only its third year
- Redistributed saved money to become a granting organization for other education nonprofits, distributing millions of dollars in resources every year
- Nationally-recognized by ProLiteracy, the Nonprofit Times, and Nonprofit Quarterly
- Literacy Mid-South continues to need your support. As we make this transition, we will rely heavily on your continued support to ensure an easy transition.
Thank you for all that you’ve done. I have been inspired daily by your unflinching desire to collaborate and work together towards this huge goal of eliminating low literacy in the Mid-South. YOU ARE AMAZING.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
PS. The fun isn’t over yet! Wait until you see our new website, our new logo, and a new program launching very soon!!