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Memphis Challenge

  • Memphis Challenge
  • 516 Tennessee St.
    Suite 422
  • Memphis, TN 38103
  • 901-312-9620
  • 1989

Program Description

Founded in 1989 by Pitt Hyde, The Memphis Challenge coaches high-achieving, underrepresented students, through leadership and professional development, preparing them to become future Memphis leaders. The program currently boast an alumni and student network of more than 500 of the finest academic minds and career disciplines imaginable.

Over 400 have completed internships with local businesses, agencies and organizations; and nearly 300 are now living in Memphis. Their success is supported by partners who provide funding, expertise, internship opportunities and other resources.

We expanded our college prep program in 2013 with the introduction of the 9/10 Movement. Our first cohort of 48 ninth and tenth graders were exposed to the skills and knowledge needed to perform at a high level of academic and community leadership.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Dillard University (1)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus (1)
  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (2)
  • Washington University in St Louis (1)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Graduation: 97%