Two of the oldest African American neighborhoods in Memphis, Klondike and Smokey City have a rich history associated with civil rights leadership and school integration. Now known as a single, combined North Memphis community, Klondike-Smokey City has been adversely affected by urban disinvestment and economic exclusion for many years.
Using our interconnected approach, Whole Child Strategies has joined a growing number of residents and local organizations who seek to reactivate KSC for the next generation. By partnering with the KSC Neighborhood Council, we leverage stakeholder insight to
identify and prioritize needs
uncover assets and align them with needs
determine gaps where resources are needed and provide specific recommendations
pinpoint root causes of factors impacting student attendance, behavior and course performance
By supporting neighborhood-based, resident-lead initiatives, we harness the wisdom of subject matter experts to reach the goals of key stakeholders because these groups are one and the same.