Changing the Memphis community is no feat too big for our local youth, and LITE Memphis is here to prove it. On December 6th, students from the 4-month entrepreneurial program will take the stage to pitch their business propositions to the general public and you’re invited to play a part in choosing which one(s) will receive additional funding.
“LITE’s mission is helping Memphis generate something amazing, turning our youth into entrepreneurs to help our community- you should come hear what our future sounds like” said Kiyah Isby, founder of Zenful, a program aimed towards helping low-income students ages 14-18 cope with anxiety and stress.
Now in it’s fourth year of operation, Let’s Innovate Through Education has helped over 90% of their students launch projects throughout the city. From providing easier access to pet care and products for managing stress to eliminating theft among the homeless and inside shelters, LITE not only equips African-American and Latinx students with 21st-century skills to create wealth, but also allows students like Isby, Nicole Wilson, and Kaitlin Bobo to become changemakers in their communities.
“I am pitching Cruisin’ Groceries, a vegetarian meal kit subscription service,” said Nicole Wilson, 11th grader at City University Schools. “I decided to get involved with LITE because I originally had a business plan to feed children that were in school, but didn’t have access to food at their home, after school, or during breaks. LITE not only pushed me to chase my dreams and better my community, but, through me, has inspired my friends to do the same for theirs.”
LITE Pitch Night may not be until the 6th, but you can do your part before then by voting to determine which students will take the stage for the big shebang. Each student has created a short, one-minute video that introduces and further explains their projects. Listen in and submit your votes by December 2nd.
After you vote, plan to be a part of the audience at LITE Pitch Night where the finalists will pitch their ideas to the public. It’s open to the everyone and tickets are $10 per person, with all proceeds going back to supporting the high school entrepreneurs and their next ventures.
- When: Thursday, December 6th (5:30PM-7:30PM)
- Where: Mccallum Ballroom at Rhodes College (2000 N. Parkway)