Slingshot News and Insight

Take a look at the latest news, insight, and updates from the Slingshot team.


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Q1 2021 Stakeholder Report: Slingshot’s Exciting Leadership Transition

With a firm foundation in place, Justin Miller, Founding CEO, is transitioning to the Board Chair of Slingshot Memphis. The Board has named Jared Barnett, the current Managing Director of Assessment, to be Slingshot’s next CEO. Over the last four and half years, Justin Miller has led Slingshot from an exciting concept to an accelerating movement, filling a void in Memphis’ poverty-fighting ecosystem. Slingshot’s outcomes-focused approach to measure poverty-fighting... Read More
at Thursday, April 1, 2021

Jared Barnett's Interview on The Sidebar

Thank you  Eric Barnes  &  The Daily Memphian  for using The Sidebar to discuss how measuring outcomes can empower poverty-fighting organizations to make more effective decisions. As a guest on The Sidebar, Slingshot's Managing Director of Measurement,  Jared Barnett , shared, "for us, it matters less where [poverty-fighting organizations] start. It matters more what [they] do when [they] have new information that can help empower [them] and do... Read More
at Thursday, March 25, 2021

Summer 2021 Intern

We're currently looking for a support specialist intern to join us this summer. For more information visit the link here . Read More
at Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Soulsville Charter School: 2020 Baseline Assessment

The Soulsville Charter School (TSCS) is a public charter school in Memphis for students in grades six through twelve. TSCS's programming results in improved college matriculation and persistence rates. Both of these factors can and often lead to higher incomes. Slingshot is honored to work alongside TSCS.   Slingshot recently completed its 2020 baseline assessment for TSCS. Within the next few months, Slingshot will complete a more comprehensive report that includes... Read More
at Thursday, February 18, 2021

JIFF: 2020 Impact Assessment Update

Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-Up’s mission is to break the destructive cycle of juvenile crime. JIFF provides an alternative to detention for youth who interact with the juvenile justice system by providing community-based programs such as mentoring, community service, character development, and Christ centered intervention. Slingshot is honored to work alongside JIFF.  Slingshot recently completed its 2020 assessment update for JIFF. You will notice that... Read More
at Thursday, February 11, 2021

Slingshot is Hiring a Managing Director of Advancement

Slingshot is hiring! We're seeking a Managing Director of Advancement to help accelerate the fight against poverty in Memphis. Interested in learning more about this position? Visit: Read More
at Friday, January 29, 2021

We are thrilled to celebrate two recent developments (re: $2 million invested and seven “new” poverty-fighting nonprofits).

First, 517 smart and bold investors joined in the fight against poverty by investing a total of $2 million in Slingshot Memphis' IMPACT Fund in 2020 . One-hundred percent of these funds were invested in Slingshot's portfolio of nonprofits earlier this month. These dollars will help amplify high-impact interventions and address opportunities for growth. Second, we added seven poverty-fighting organizations to Slingshot’s portfolio, which now stands at thirty. Our team is... Read More
at Wednesday, January 27, 2021

2020 Matching Challenge

As 2020 comes to a close, I want to acknowledge two primary levers in Memphis' fight against poverty. First, Slingshot Memphis is honored to actively work alongside  23 of our city’s most formidable poverty-fighting nonprofits .  Though their interventions vary (providing shelter, job training, education, addiction services, healthcare, etc.), these nonprofits have one thing in common: they each have evidence or the potential to create significant impact in the lives... Read More
at Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Impact Assessment: City Year Memphis

City Year Memphis places Americorps members in systemically under-resourced schools to support students’ development, growth, and success. Mentorship by AmeriCorps members leads to increased graduation rates and increased on-time graduation for participating students, resulting in improved income and health throughout their careers. City Year Memphis also creates broader systems-level change by promoting social emotional learning approaches and creating partnerships between schools and... Read More
at Friday, December 18, 2020

Tune in Monday at 8:00 p.m. to The SPARK Awards 2020 on WKNO.

Tune in Monday at 8:00 p.m. to The SPARK Awards 2020 on WKNO. Shout-out to three of our city's greatest assets, Allison Carson, Andrew Bartolotta, & Jeremy C. Park at cityCURRENT, for continuing to #PowertheGOOD.   Your browser doesn't support video. Please download the file: video/webm   Read More
at Friday, December 11, 2020