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The Memphis Challenge 9/10 Movement Application 2018-2019

The 9/10 Movement: Maximizing Student Potential

The Memphis Challenge Program 
Founded in 1989 by J.R. ‘Pitt’ Hyde, Memphis Challenge coaches talented, high- achieving students of color (African American, Latino/a, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American), through leadership and professional development, preparing them to become future Memphis leaders.

Memphis Challenge is consistently searching for methods and ways to insure students are staying ahead of the game, academically and professionally.

We identify the needs of our students and seek resources to meet those needs as they relate to our mission of “Inspiring and Developing Future Memphis Leaders.” 

The 9/10 Movement
The goal of the 9/10 Movement is to expose students to the skills and knowledge needed to perform at a high level of academic and community leadership. We provide enrichment activities for 9th and 10th graders, keeping them motivated and engaged throughout high school and beyond.

Memphis Challenge's goal is to create students who are able to maximize their potential and compete in the national and global community, and thus develop a bigger world view.

Academic achievement, leadership abilities, and interviewing skills are the basis for selection. We do not have a GPA requirement for 9th and 10th grade applicants, but we do look for a history of high academic standards and interests. 

Completing the Application
This application includes questions regarding: 
  • Personal Information
  • Contact Information
  • Contact Information for Parent/Guardian
  • Current/Future High School 
  • Grades
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • One (1) Short Response Question
You will also be required to submit a most recent report card in order to complete your application.
The entire application process should take no longer than 35 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions while completing the 9/10 Movement Memphis Challenge application, please call Program Manager Avery Cunningham at 901-312-9621, or email her at

Extended Application Deadline: August 12, 2018 at 11:59PM

The Memphis Challenge | 516 Tennessee Street, Suite 422 | Memphis, TN 38103