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VOL. 127 | NO. 95 | Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jeremy Park

Summer Internships and Samaritan’s Feet

By Jeremy Park

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Last week we spotlighted Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, which is engaging our community to sustain the independence of seniors, transform the lives of families in crisis, and equip teens for success. This week let us focus on two upcoming opportunities to help our youth: 1) free summer internships for high school students, and 2) providing compassion and hope through a new pair of shoes to children in need.

Before we discuss the giving back opportunities, I want to thank everyone for their efforts in our recent food drive benefiting the Mid-South Food Bank. Readers of this column, along with LPBC friends and partners came together and have contributed more than 850 pounds of food within the last few weeks. We have also collected a large amount of cash donations with many of you donating even more online. What a powerful example of how Memphis comes together when there is an immediate need!

This summer we have an easy opportunity to play a role in our city’s talent development and retention through Memphis City Schools’ 2012 Career Internship Program. The program runs four weeks, June 4 through July 6, and provides 350 rising juniors, seniors and 2012 graduates with an opportunity to work for local businesses. The students are high achievers who have demonstrated academic success, leadership skills, and good conduct and attendance. As an intern, they will work 24 hours per week for four weeks and they will receive stipends from a grant, so there is no cost to you.

The MCS Career Internship Program is an easy win-win. Your participation provides students real world experience that will be invaluable to their college and career paths. You will be helping Memphis develop and retain these future leaders by showing them opportunities and your personal interest. In return, you will receive bright talent that you can leverage for assistance with administrative or organizational projects, tasks, and more - at no cost to your company. To learn more please contact Carlotta DeBose at debosecy@mcsk12.net or 416-5716.

An opportunity to help our younger children in need will take place Friday, June 8, at Streets Ministries. The LPBC is teaming with NFL players Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams as well as Samaritan’s Feet, an organization that provides love, hope and a new pair of shoes to millions of children around the world. We will be showing our love and washing the feet of over 500 Memphis children, providing them with new socks and shoes.

These Samaritan’s Feet events are always tremendously fun and rewarding. We would love to have volunteers come out for an unforgettable afternoon. Youth recipients are pre-selected and the shoes and all supplies are provided, so all you have to do is show up ready to share and smile. To learn more contact me or Allison Carson, allisonc@lpinsurance.com or 321-1025.

Jeremy Park, director of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, www.lpbreakfastclub.com, can be reached at jeremyp@lpinsurance.com or followed on Twitter at @lpbreakfastclub or @jeremycpark.

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