The numbers are startling: Only 43 percent of African-American males in Memphis graduate from high school, and the city’s poverty rate for families with children younger than 18 is 44.3 percent, double the national average.
Student coach James Berry uses the Corefire app to track the progress of teams of Oakhaven Elementary students inside the Kroc Memphis AutoZone Challenge Center.
But local entrepreneur Ty Cobb believes real change is possible. As president of Have a Standard Foundation and founder of Corefire Commando, Cobb interacts with young people on a daily basis through the work his organization does within the Salvation Army Kroc Center.
He is ready to take that work to another level with the second version of an app for the Corefire personal skills enhancement and team building program. And if he is able to secure funding, he believes Corefire will be a true game-changer in development of not just the city’s youth but in the U.S. as well.
Imagine a social network that instead of giving personal updates to family and friends it serves as a digital resume of sorts for the city’s youth, something that helps bring accountability, empowerment and leadership, all of which brings change.
“The passion for our staff is to engage in life-changing work and that’s what the app has been designed to do,” Cobb said. “With this we have a tested solution. We can expand it to tens of thousands of kids if we can just get funding for the app.”
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