STS Bridges College and Career with "Bringing out the Leaders"

STS Enterprise Corporation is gearing up for its 6th Annual Bringing out the Leaders Event on Thursday, April 11 at the University of Memphis. Highlighting the three pillars of Bringing out the Leaders, exposure, enlightenment, and empowerment; this free event aims to bridge the gap between college and career by connecting college students with top industry professionals in the mid-south.

STS Enterprise recognizes the challenges that exist in getting college students out to network with professionals in the city, as well as acquiring knowledge in their desired fields and careers. Bringing out the Leaders is an event that is designed to overcome these challenges.

Bringing out the Leaders gives students the opportunity to participate in an authentic Q&A session with local leaders from the community. The Q&A panel includes: Curtis Givens, CEO at CGI Entertainment; Phillip Ashley, CEO of Phillip Ashley's Chocolate; Michael Whaley, Shelby County Commissioner; Laura Whitsitt, Senior VP at Smith & Nephew; and Mariangeles Grear, Development Specialist at ALSAC/St. Jude.

Bringing out the Leaders is not intended to be your normal cliché networking and Q&A session with students. STS has created a platform where college students can ask authentic questions and receive valuable insight.

“We want them to leave this event with real answers and real solutions that they can use the second they leave this event,” Jeremy Calhoun, Co-Founder of STS Enterprise said.

More than 170 students and professionals attended last year’s Bringing out the Leaders event and raved about having the opportunity to connect with professionals and how down to earth everyone was.

In addition to great advice from local professionals, attendees have a chance to receive free professional headshots, scholarship awards, business portfolios, electronics, and other great prizes and giveaways.

“Last year we gave away over two dozen prizes and giveaways such as professional headshots, Amazon Echos, Amazon Firesticks, and business portfolios,” Calhoun said.

Bringing out the Leaders is a free event and open to the public, with RSVP. STS Enterprise thanks their title sponsor, Transnetyx, for their contributions to this event.

 

Interested in attending this event?  RSVP Here.

Learn more about how STS Enterprise is “Making Excellence the Norm” at www.stsenterprise.org, and help STS Enterprise continue “Making Excellence the Norm” by donating to our PayPal here.

 

STS Enterprise Leaders Start 2019 Among Young Professionals Recognized

The halfway point for quarter-one of 2019 has just been passed, and STS Enterprise Corporation is already buzzing in the city of Memphis. Over the past two months, five of STS Enterprise’s leaders and coaches have been recognized. The 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to developing and empowering the next generation of Mid-South leaders is living out its motto of, “Making Excellence The Norm.”

Two STS Enterprise team members were honored on the 2019 Memphis Flyer “20<30” list. Each year, since 2009, the publication has released the list that spotlights young people shaping the future of Memphis.

This year’s list included Alton Cryer, co-founder of STS Enterprise, and business development officer at Orion. Also included was Rachel Anderson, STS Enterprise executive team member, and instructional designer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, ALSAC.

Next, three STS Enterprise team members were named as finalists for Memphis Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” awards. For three years, the publication has recognized the top legal minds in the Memphis and Mid-South in the areas of private firm attorneys, public service attorneys, in-house counselors, associates, and for lifetime achievement. Awards will be presented on March 5, at Memphis Botanic Garden.

The finalists included: Corbin Carpenter, STS Enterprise Board of Directors Chairman, and managing member at Carpenter Law PLLC; Brittany Williams, STS Strive Assistant Director, and attorney at University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and City of Memphis; and JB Smiley Jr., STS Strive Coach, and attorney at Smiley & Associates.

“We are setting the tone for 2019 by once again setting the standard for coaching youth. Everyday we encourage and challenge our students to make excellence the norm. and when our students see our leaders embrace that same mantra and receive recognition it inspires them to continue setting the standard in their personal lives,” said Jeremy Calhoun, co-founder of STS Enterprise. “I send heartfelt congratulations to all of our STS family members who received an accolade!”

To support the work of STS Enterprise, donate via our PayPal.

STS and Partners Prepare for Annual March Madness Event

As the annual STS Enterprise March Madness event approaches, it’s no secret that the Lane College Quiet Storm Marching Band is set to be the halftime show entertainment. The name of the band speaks for itself. They began quietly in the fall of 2015 with only 48 members, but you can prepare to feel the storm of this 104-member band on Saturday, March 23.

“We are bringing all three of the auxiliaries; the band, the majorettes, and the flag girls,” said Band Director Cozbia Smith.

The Quiet Storm Marching Band is led by Band Director, Cozbia Smith; Assistant Band Directors, Antwan Gardner and Deonte Kennedy; and Majorette/Auxiliary Director, Teressa Tate.

“Our goal for March Madness is not only to entertain, but to inspire students,” Smith said. “We want to motivate students that already play instruments as well as those who don’t, that joining a band is a great opportunity to grow in that skill and pay for their college education.”

Smith and the STS family have partnered through witnessing of hard work and service.

“I know Alton from church and we have similar work ethics and beliefs. I will always support people that are trying to help out our future,” Smith said.

 Similar to STS Enterprise, The Quiet Storm Marching Band focuses on the needs of its students and offers a home away from home environment.

“Our band is family-oriented,” Smith said. “When students join this band, they feel at home.”

To learn more about the Quiet Storm Marching Band you can visit their YouTube page at “Lane College Quiet Storm Marching Band.”

STS has partnered with Memphis Athletic Ministries (M.A.M.), as the venue for the annual March Madness event on Saturday March 23rd at 2713 Ball Rd.

Tune in live for the event on our social media:

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STS Enterprise Participates In 2018 Memphis Suit Project

“If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good.” A quote from Deion Sanders read by the Meghan Heimke, executive director of the Memphis Suit Project, as she explained the purpose of the effort.

For the past three years, STS Enterprise has assisted in bringing this quote to life through a partnership with the initiative. It is a 6-week program where its recipients, normally high school and college students, gain a new tailored suit to add to their wardrobe. The recipients gain lessons on confidence and credibility, learn the importance of first impressions, receive soft skills training, attend private workshops, and make beneficial connections. This program is designed to help those who are striving to improve their lives by gaining employment and furthering their education.         

There were 19 members of STS Strive awarded a new suit from New York Suit Exchange. STS Strive members completed the program and on December 8, 2018 with a celebration. In a room filled with cheering loved ones and supporters, these deserving recipients took to the runway to present themselves and show off their new confidence. They expressed the effectiveness of the program and explained what being in the program had done for them. There was confidence in the way they walked and talked. Their smiles were bright, they were speaking clearly, making eye contact, the transformation was obvious. During one recipient’s testimonial, he stated that seeing how good he looked in a suit changed his views on wearing one. The celebration displayed the purpose of the program and why it is important to be confident and mindful in personal presentation.

STS Enterprise looks forward continued partnership with Memphis Suit Project with hopes to continue to increase the number of recipients within the program. Help STS Enterprise continue “Making Excellence The Norm” through programs like this by donating to our PayPal here.

STS students model their new suits from New York Suit Exchange.

STS students model their new suits from New York Suit Exchange.

STS Empowers the Next Generation

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There’s no secret that children are the future. One organization here in Memphis believes that whole-heartedly.

Setting the Standard Enterprise Corporation (STS) is “dedicated to developing and empowering the next generation of leaders” and since 2012, it has impacted over 7,000 students. Empowering the next generation is something that comes natural to the co-founders; something they see the value in.

“We are not doing it for the glitter and glam; we are doing it because it needs to be done,” vice-president and co-founder, Alton Cryer said. “We never gave up on it. We hope to be what God called us to be.”

Both Alton Cryer and Jeremy Calhoun fasted at the age of 22 for God and STS. They gave up smoking, drinking, sex, cursing and even video games for a life they wanted to walk in every day. Since that day, the organization has been successfully self-funded with no full-time employees.

So how has it made it this far with no round-the-clock staff? STS has help from over 85 young professionals including local attorney Corbin Carpenter who is STS’ board chair. This leadership development program focuses on two major programs called STS Strive and STS Elite. STS Strive caters to high schools while STS Elite caters to college students by connecting them to a diverse network, resources to excel and what Calhoun describes as a “foundation they can build on.”                                                                                                                                                      

“They were the first people to give me a suit, a mock-interview and they help me build my resume. They are the reason I got my first internship,” STS Elite student, Dwight Newsome said. “You don’t see people like them anymore.”

STS also has a marketing team and program development team that allows those young professionals who give their time to students an opportunity to grow. Through exclusive networking events, sponsored development training there’s a chance to be awarded, promoted and recognized.

“It’s extremely important to build your network and have those connects. There are professionals at every meeting,” previous student and now coach, Jazmyne Tribble said. “If it wasn’t for STS, I would be totally dumb-founded.”


With core values in being authentic, transformative and excellence, STS will continue building the next leaders here in a city that needs it the most.


STS Enterprise Honored as Outstanding Local Nonprofit for 2018

On December 10, 2018, STS Enterprise was celebrated by The SPARK Awards. The SPARK Awards are the Mid-South's annual televised award show that honors individuals and organizations making a difference in the community. At the fifth annual show, STS Enterprise was honored with the 2018 SPARK Award for Nonprofit with Budget Under $1 Million.

 

“We don’t do our work to be praised. We do our work to make an impact on future generations of Memphians. But, I must say cityCURRENT and WKNO-TV have truly shown us generosity with how they have celebrated our programs and showcased our work to their audiences. This award has definitely elevated us to a new platform and we are very grateful for it!” said Alton Cryer, co-founder of STS Enterprise.

 

The SPARK Awards celebrates and recognizes the efforts of individuals, nonprofits, corporations, and schools, in 13 different categories, who are igniting change and making a positive impact in the Greater Memphis community. 

 

“This year has really been one of stepping out of the limelight for me and Alton. Honors like the SPARK Awards truly help us to showcase the dedication of our more than 80 volunteers along with the incredible accomplishments of our students. I am so grateful to cityCURRENT and WKNO-TV!” commented Jeremy Calhoun, co-founder of STS Enterprise.

 

The awards are an extension of the WKNO-TV series, “The SPARK.” The SPARK is a monthly 30-minute show about business and community leaders who are fueling change and giving back to the Mid-South.

 

Major funding for The SPARK Awards is provided by Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Data Facts, and Champion Awards & Apparel. Additional funding is provided by Christian Brothers University, SRVS, My Town Movers/My Town Roofing/My Town Miracles, United Way of the Mid-South and Mueller Industries.

 

Help STS Enterprise continue “Making Excellence The Norm” by donating to our PayPal here.

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STS Enterprise Gains New Partners for 2019

As a volunteer-run nonprofit, STS Enterprise Corporation understands that people are at the heart of any great mission. That is why the youth leadership development organization is always excited to bring new leaders, mentors and partners to the table. In 2019, STS Enterprise will welcome five new partners.

 

These new partners include: Shelby County Schools’ Hamilton High School; OWLS LLC; City of Memphis MPLOY; Soulsville Charter School; and the University of Memphis’ Student Success Program.

 

In connection with Communities In Schools (CIS), Hamilton High School will collaborate with the STS Strive program to allow its high school students to participate in monthly sessions held at the school. Furthermore, CIS will promote the STS Strive program through direct and digital marketing efforts.

 

OWLS LLC will work with the STS Strive and STS Elite programs. OWLS provides professional development and curriculum writing services to school districts, corporations, and nonprofits. As consultants, the company specializes in creating content that helps leaders improve the way their organizations learn, interact, and perform. STS Enterprise will have access to OWLS’ proprietary content for the purpose of perfecting curriculum development and becoming a premier alternative for leadership development.

 

"This partnership will be an effort to help solidify both STS and OWLS as agents of change in the city of Memphis,” said Dominic Lawson, co-founder and COO of OWLS. “We will help STS in crystallizing its vision of being the premier leadership organization for youth by advising on best practices in engaging youth and scaling the organization. STS in return will help us deepen our relationship with emerging youth leaders and corporate partners in the city of Memphis."

 

MPLOY will help the STS Strive and STS Elite programs offer real-world experiences to students so that they can execute the skills they gain. A locally-funded initiative, MPLOY provides City of Memphis youth, ages 14 to 22 years old, with meaningful and rewarding 6-week summer experiences. Various career path options according to the participants’ strengths and interests, including soft skills training, entry-level positions, and internships. MPLOY has committed to guaranteeing all STS students gain a 2019 summer internship.

 

The STS Speaks effort will gain traction in 2019 thanks to the partnership with Soulsville Charter School. STS Speaks is an honorarium based-program of STS Enterprise where its coaches, leaders and professional partners take on public speaking engagement opportunities with the goal of empowering youth and college students through stories, workshops, and lectures. In 2019, STS Speaks will offer its pool of speakers for the charter school’s annual young men’s conference. STS Speaks will also establish a pipeline of speakers with the charter school’s alumni.

 

Finally, the University of Memphis’ Student Success Programs will also become of partner for the STS Speaks program. The university has committed to securing paid engagements for the program in 2019.

 

Help STS Enterprise continue “Making Excellence The Norm” by donating to our PayPal here.

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STS Strive Parents Create Parent Booster Club

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STS Enterprise Corporation is an organization of inclusion and unity so much so that the members of the STS Strive program and two of the program’s parents, Shuntea Price and Mary Bibbs, started a parent booster club to give the parents a voice and assist them in their desire to support the organization's efforts. The parent booster club is where the parents are able to advocate for the program, recruit parents and student, provide parental advice, and build relationships in the process. They have created fundraisers such as a Krispy Kreme voucher sale, proposed a spring car wash, and a raffling, explaining why one of the benefits of STS Strive is parent engagement. Going beyond just dropping their child(ren) off for program activities, the parents are also coordinating events and being active participants in different decision-making aspects of the program. They too strive to help empower their children to become leaders and obtain post-secondary opportunities. The parents involved in the parent booster club believe in the mission of the organization and they are committed to aiding STS in continuing to be the preferred leadership organization in the mid-south.  

" The Parent Booster Club has a tremendous impact on our program! They not only coordinate ways to engage parents but they discuss ways to improve both the student and parental experience in STS Strive. As an organization that prides itself on making excellence the norm, we appreciate and embrace the feedback and ideas from our parents and students. Our program would not be complete without our Parent Booster Club!" Vice President and Co-founder of STS Enterprise Corporation Alton Cryer   


For more information about STS Enterprise be sure to follow STS on all social media platforms and subscribe to the newsletter from the organization’s website by clicking the link provided www.stsenterprise.org.  

STS Enterprise Announces 2018-2019 Board Of Directors

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Setting The Standard. That is what the “STS” in STS Enterprise Corporation means.

Since 2012, the nonprofit has been doing that by developing and empowering the next

generation of Mid-South leaders. The organization has been doing so through a unique

structure where its board, executive team and mentors reflect its student population –

young, diverse and driven.

Today, the organization officially announced its Board of Directors for the 2018-2019

year. The board includes Memphis leaders from various disciplines and walks of life.

The intent is to infuse the organization with distinct skills and expertise and to create a

trickle-down effect where diverse backgrounds and goals are encouraged among the

students the organization serves.

“The programs, initiatives, events, and efforts of our organization are all a reflection of

our board,” explained Jeremy Calhoun, president &amp; co-founder of STS Enterprise

Corporation. “We entered the nonprofit space with big goals and our board has

exceeded expectations with the ideas we have been able to bring to fruition. I am

excited to see where they will take us this year!”

The new STS Enterprise Board of Directors will be under the leadership of Corbin

Carpenter, who has served as Board Chairman since 2016. A reputable leader in the

city, Carpenter is an owner and managing-member of Carpenter Law, PLLC. He has

received honors such as Memphis Flyer’s 2018 “Top 20 Under 30” and 2018 Memphis

Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40.”

“I am elated to see the impact our new vision and initiatives implemented by our board

will have this year. We have been more intentional about effectively utilizing our network

and resources to strengthen the organization’s internal committees and operations,

which undoubtedly will improve our external performance with marketing, curriculum

development, fundraising efforts, and more,” Carpenter said. “We intend to bring forth

our same energy and passion of serving and pledge to continue to work diligently to

provide more opportunities for students to gain various experiences and exposure in

diverse social and professional environments in order to shape the next generation of

leaders!”

Each board member has a specialization with the organization, including STS Strive

High School Program, STS Elite College Program, Marketing, Fundraising, Finance,

Legal, and Event Planning. The board’s 22 members include:

 Corbin I. Carpenter, Esquire, Board Chairman, Carpenter Law, PLLC

 Steven Sanders, Board Vice-Chair, FedEx Services

 Jeremy Calhoun, President, STS Co-Founder, International Paper

 Alton Cryer, Vice-President, STS Co-Founder, Orion Federal Credit Union

 Kevin Graff, Board Treasurer, FedEx Corporate

 Christin Webb, Board Executive Secretary, FedEx Services

 Toney Armstrong, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 Phillip Rix, Phillip Ashley Chocolate

 Nikki Baker, Internal Revenue Service

 Cedric Brooks, CMB Capital

 Tonya Diggs, Shelby County Schools

 Sharifa Edwards, KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools

 Randy Irving, FedEx Services

 Rachel Knox, Hyde Family Foundation

 Elizabeth Lemmonds, Epicenter Memphis

 Dorian Merriweather, Momentum Nonprofit Partners

 Corey Porta, BankTennessee

 DeVonte Payton, Shelby County Schools

 Dr. Isaac Rodriguez, SweetBio

 Kewon Singleton, International Paper

 Mark Thompson, V2 Media

 Audrey Willis, Code Crew

About STS Enterprise Corporation

In 2012, Jeremy Calhoun and Alton Cryer acted on their passions for youth and the Greater Memphis community by introducing STS Enterprise Corporation. A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, the organization is dedicated to developing and empowering the next generation of Mid-South leaders. Through Authentic, Transformative and Excellence-Driven programs, the nonprofit is encouraging students to exceed expectations, defy stereotypes, and create an unyielding mindset. Learn more about how STS Enterprise is “Making Excellence The Norm” at www.stsenterprise.org.

STS Enterprise celebrates team members honored by Memphis Business Journal

From top to bottom, when STS Enterprise says it is “Making Excellence The Norm” that

is exactly the organization means. This week, the leadership development nonprofit

officially congratulated members of its organization listed as Memphis Business

Journal’s (MBJ) “40 Under Forty” for 2018.

The nonprofit’s co-founder, Alton Cryer was named to the MBJ 2018 class. Cryer has

served as Business Development Officer at Orion Federal Credit Union since 2017. in

his role, he manages and coaches a team to provide financial services to organizations

and companies across the Mid-South in addition to leading financial literacy workshops.

STS Enterprise’s Board Chairman, Corbin I. Carpenter, was also among the list of 2018

honorees. Carpenter is co-owner and a managing-member of Carpenter Law, PLLC.

His firm specializes in the area of corporate and municipal finance law, specifically with

tax-exempt bond financings for affordable multifamily housing, airports, utilities, and

other various economic development projects throughout the southeastern region.

Carpenter additionally manages employees and oversees all operations for the firm.

The list goes on as STS Enterprise board member Phillip Rix was also named to 2018

“40 Under Forty” class. A designer chocolatier, Rix’s brand, Phillip Ashley Chocolates,

has served high-profile clients such as FedEx, Disney, Stevie Wonder and others with

gifts, events and personal treats. His designer chocolates are also sold by national

luxury retailers, and he was featured as the official chocolatier for both the 58th

Grammy Celebration and 69th Emmy Awards Governors Ball.

“At STS we talk constantly about ‘Setting the Standard’ and ‘Making Excellence the

Norm.’ Those are not just slogans for us. They are mottos that shape our lifestyle.

These gentlemen have shown we continue to set the bar high,” said Jeremy Calhoun,

co-founder and president of STS Enterprise. “I am excited to see them being honored

for the great work they are doing professionally and civically through organizations such

as STS. We have so many great leaders on our board, executive team and as student

coaches. This is just a preview of what we offer to our youth in Memphis!”

Since 2012, STS Enterprise has been developing and empowering the next generation

of leaders through a unique structure where its board, executive team and coaches

reflect its student membership – young, diverse and driven. The nonprofit looks forward

to continue doing honor-worthy work through its leaders and students.

About STS Enterprise Corporation

In 2012, Jeremy Calhoun and Alton Cryer acted on their passions for youth and the Greater Memphis community by introducing STS Enterprise Corporation. A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, the organization is

dedicated to developing and empowering the next generation of Mid-South leaders. Through Authentic, Transformative and Excellence-Driven programs, the nonprofit is encouraging students to exceed expectations, defy stereotypes, and create an unyielding mindset. Learn more about how STS Enterprise is “Making Excellence The Norm” at www.stsenterprise.org.

STS Strive Alumni Graduates and Prepares for Future

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Memphis will soon have another degreed man in the community.

On December 19th, DeMarcus Collier will officially complete his certificate at Tennessee College of Applied Technology. He will have completed hours in Industrial Maintenance with the trades welding, electronics and machine tool under his belt.

Not only is he going to be more qualified for the world; he has also set a record as the first Setting The Standard Enterprise Corporation Strive Alum who is receiving his degree.

“My mentors taught me how to be different and how to accept being different,” Collier said. “They taught me self-confidence and how to love myself.”

Collier learned about STS as a sophomore at East High School. He remembers meeting co-founder Jeremy Calhoun and at the time having no idea what a mentor was. He went to his first meeting and was “intrigued.”

He loved how the program poured into young men, especially those from broken homes. Being from Binghampton, he was happy to find another family outside of home, especially a family who was willing to give “free game.”

“Family is not always blood-related; all of my mentors are big brothers to me. They’re genuine and they know how to reach you by just being their selves,” Collier said.  

He graduated from East High and STS Strive in May of 2017. He continued applying his skills and with dedication he actually received his certificate in October of 2018, due to TCAT only having one commencement a year. Graduting early is only possible when students earn good grades and enough completed hours by the October deadline. Collier does have one class left and said he’s “just trying to finish strong.”

 He has plans to find a company he can grow and use his skills with and because he’s a product of STS Strive, we are sure he will be successful at doing so. Congratulations DeMarcus and continue #MakingExcellenceTheNorm.

Extracurricular Activities

STS Enterprise is teaming up with education consulting firm OWLS LLC.

OWLS provides professional development and curriculum writing services to school districts, corporations, and nonprofits. They specialize in creating content that helps leaders improve the way their organizations learn, interact, and perform. This gives STS the opportunity to have access to OWLS proprietary content for the purpose of perfecting curriculum development and facilitation aiding STS in becoming the premier alternative for leadership development.

"This partnership will be an effort to help solidify both STS and OWLS as agents of change in the city of Memphis according to co-founder and COO of the OWLS, Dominic Lawson. We will help STS in crystallizing its vision of being the premier leadership organization for youth by advising on best practices in engaging youth and scaling the organization. STS in return will help us deepen our relationship with emerging youth leaders and corporate partners in the city of Memphis."

Dominic who currently serves as a coach/facilitator for the STS Strive program, a facilitator for the STS Elite college program, and on the STS curriculum development committee with his wife already has an in-depth understanding of STS and its programs. 

For more information about STS Enterprise be sure to follow STS on all social media platforms and subscribe to the newsletter from the organization’s website by clicking the link provided www.stsenterprise.org.

Practical Advice for Professional Preparation

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STS Enterprise President Jeremy Calhoun served as a panelist for the University of Memphis’ Emerging Leaders program on Tuesday, September 25th. The Emerging Leaders Program, a comprehensive scholarship program, began in 1983 and has been of benefit to over 700 students since its inception.

The session focused on Professional Preparation: Landing and Succeeding in your First Job. Calhoun was pleased to “give them some practical advice to get them where they need to go.” He spoke on the importance of following-up and developing competencies/skills to make you more valuable regardless of your major or discipline.

In 2012, Jeremy Calhoun and Alton Cryer acted on their passions for youth and the Greater Memphis community by introducing STS Enterprise Corporation. A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, the organization is dedicated to developing and empowering the next generation of Mid-South leaders. Through Authentic, Transformative and Excellence-Driven programs, the nonprofit is encouraging students to exceed expectations, defy stereotypes, and create an unyielding mindset. 

Learn more about how STS Enterprise is “Making Excellence The Norm” and DONATE TODAY at www.stsenterprise.org.

A Day In The Life

3 years ago, STS Enterprise started an initiative that would give the students of the STS Strive program a jumpstart on choosing their future career. “A Day in The Life” was created to allow students to gain hands-on experience in their desired professions, give them the opportunity to see if the field they selected was, in fact, a match while exposing students to connections with leaders within their field. It also displays company options for students to possibly work for after graduating, helping to retain Memphis talent.

Every summer 8 students are chosen for an opportunity to job shadow with companies such as SweetBio, Driven by Music, UTC Carrier, Allworld Project Management, and Cushman and Wakefield. The selection is based off what the students have identified as their desired career choice from information collected at the beginning of the year. Imagine being in high school and being able to add working for a commercial real estate agency as experience on your resume. Companies are always looking for candidates who have years of experience before they can even step into their field, so this gives Memphis youth an advantage over other candidates.

" SweetBio has taught me to save lives using periodontal honey experiments. I verified expiration dates for quality purposes and insured the flexibility and durability of the product. I learned their products help remove toxins from the human body which equals a healthy life. It was truly an eye-opening experience."  Says Amyria Garrett, a student in the program.

STS Enterprise and their company partners have committed to giving a much-needed opportunity to Memphis youth as well as shown their commitment to making a difference in the city of Memphis. The coaches have dedicated themselves to make sure that the youth within the program have the resources and the tools they need to defy stereotypes, exceed expectations, succeed, and create a mindset that is unyielding.

“Thank you all for the opportunity to host a student. Kayla and I really enjoyed our time with Amyria. She was very impressive, and Kayla and I were shocked that she was so young with an amazing head on her shoulders! During her shadowing experience, she was able to perform some scientific studies, learn more about starting up a company, and asked very thoughtful questions about college and beyond. We were excited that we could show her a little piece of what we do. At the end of the day, Amyria said that we could “keep her”. Students like this are what any company is looking for so we’d love to keep in touch with her throughout the years and maybe even see what opportunities we can collaborate on in the future.” explains co-founder of SweetBio, Isaac Rodriguez.

Continue to follow STS Strive and support their efforts. You may become a “Partner in Excellence” by donating $10/month, sign a student up for the program, or maybe even become part of the team! Click on the programs tab on our webpage to learn more about STS Strive. 

AutoZone Intern Lands Role Through Nonprofit, STS Enterprise

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Many things change between high school and college, but one remains the same: Upperclassmen Privilege. Privileges range from first dibs on class registration to priority at networking events. Methembe Moyo, a rising sophomore at LeMoyne-Owen College and Zimbabwe native, was fine acquiescing to seniority — at least he was until he learned differently.

In the fall of 2016, Moyo met Alton Cryer, co-founder of STS Enterprise, at a New Memphis networking event. STS Enterprise is a local nonprofit that focuses on developing and empowering high school and college students in the Mid-South.

“After the event, I had a very interesting conversation with Alton about his organization and he gave me his business card. After a few days, I followed up and he invited me to coffee. I was blown away that he was interested in me,” Moyo explained. “Over coffee, I realized that Alton is a great guy. He gave me advice about wonderful opportunities in the city for students. And before we left, he invited me to the next STS Elite meeting.”

STS Elite is the nonprofit’s collegiate program that features meetings, socials, conferences, and workforce development opportunities. Moyo currently serves as the STS Elite Vice President and a member of the Meeting Coordination Committee. It is through a former STS Elite President that Moyo learned leadership has no age limit.

“At my first meeting, I approached the then president of STS Elite. At the time, I did not know that freshmen could have internships,” Moyo noted. “But, as she was telling me about her experiences, she mentioned her freshman internship with Volkswagen. I said, “Wow! How did you do that?” She told me I just needed to show that I could do the job.”

Moyo did just that. By the end of his freshman year, he had received internship offers from two major Memphis corporations. He is currently the Quality Assurance Intern in AutoZone’s IT Department. Not to mention, he is on a full scholarship at LeMoyne, majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Cyber Defense. He is an embodiment of the STS mission of Making Excellence The Norm.

“STS has shown me that the sky is the limit. I know I can do anything as long as I put the work into it. STS has really been a blessing,” Moyo said. “One of the biggest skills I’ve gained from STS is networking. People meet me now and say, “Wow, he knows what to say, what to ask, how to handle himself, how to maintain relationships.” STS has really put me ahead of my peers and helped me to set a standard.”

If you would like to interview Moyo and the leadership team of STS Enterprise, email stsentmarketing@gmail.com.

About STS Enterprise Corporation

In 2012, Jeremy Calhoun and Alton Cryer acted on their passions for youth and the Greater Memphis community by introducing STS Enterprise Corporation. A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, the organization is dedicated to developing and empowering the next generation of Mid-South leaders. Through Authentic, Transformative and Excellence-Driven programs, the nonprofit is encouraging students to exceed expectations, defy stereotypes, and create an unyielding mindset. Learn more about how STS Enterprise is “Making Excellence The Norm” at www.stsenterprise.org.

STS Enterprise Rebrands High School Program

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In candid conversation, Jeremy Calhoun and Alton Cryer, co-founders of the nonprofit STS Enterprise, will explain they never sought to create a mentoring program. The two young professionals were not interested in hosting sports events for boys or etiquette classes for girls. Calhoun and Cryer wanted to give future generations of Memphians leadership tools to excel.

Thus, the transition from STS Mentoring to STS Strive may have been inevitable. STS Strive is the new name of the nonprofit’s high school leadership program.

“We changed the program’s name because we wanted to differentiate ourselves in the youth development arena,” Calhoun said. “We are doing more than mentoring, as our former name implied, so we need a name that reflects that.”

The mission of STS Strive is to expose students, ages 14-18, to leadership development skills and post-secondary pathways.

“We actually challenged our students to come up with a new name. They came up with strive and we agreed,” Cryer said. “For us, it represents devotion to accomplishing a goal. We want our young people to complete anything that they start.”

Founded in 2012, STS Enterprise’s two programs Strive and Elite, which serves college students, are dedicated to the motto of Making Excellence The Norm among minority youth in the city. Uniquely structured, the nonprofit’s board, executive team and mentors reflect its student population – young, diverse and driven.

While the nonprofit’s high school leadership program has rebranded, the overall organization’s branding will remain the same. STS’ core colors are green, representing growth, and gold, representing high standards. Its logo, an arrow, symbolizes the upward trajectory that the nonprofit aims to establish for engaged youth.

To interview STS Enterprise’s leadership team, email stsentmarketing@gmail.com.

About STS Enterprise Corporation

In 2012, Jeremy Calhoun and Alton Cryer acted on their passions for youth and the Greater Memphis community by introducing STS Enterprise Corporation. A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, the organization is dedicated to developing and empowering the next generation of Mid-South leaders. Through Authentic, Transformative and Excellence-Driven programs, the nonprofit is encouraging students to exceed expectations, defy stereotypes, and create an unyielding mindset. Learn more about how STS Enterprise is “Making Excellence The Norm” at www.stsenterprise.org.

STS Enterprise Takes Memphis Flyer's Top 20<30

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Every year The Memphis Flyer, a free weekly newspaper serving the Memphis community, publishes its list of Memphis’ top 20 best and brightest young people. This elite group of people contribute to changing the lives of those that they encounter as well as contributing to the growth of Memphis. This year’s issue, published on January 24th, featured four of STS Enterprise’s very own. Receiving this immense honor were Corbin Carpenter, Steven Sanders, J.B. Smiley, and Kirbi Tucker.

These four individuals have dedicated their careers to serving others by working in areas involving at-risk youth, throwing their hat into the political ring, improving opportunities for education, and fighting poverty. They don’t just talk about the issues, they emerged themselves into them and find a solution. They are the true definition of what it means to create the change you want to see. Special Shout to them and their efforts, STS Enterprise is extremely proud to have these four incredible beings as members of their team. This accomplishment is well deserved and there will be much more to come.

Corbin, Steven, J.B. and Kirbi please continue to be the light we need in the world and pave the way for others to follow in your footsteps! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the latest issue of The Memphis Flyer’s Top 20 under 30!
 https://www.memphisflyer.com/

Also, please continue to follow STS Enterprise on all social media platforms, subscribe to the newsletter from the organization’s website, volunteer, or maybe even join the team! 

STS Enterprise Founders Panelist for MULYP First General Body Meeting

On December 21, 2017, Founders Jeremy Calhoun and Alton Cryer were panelist at the First General Body Meeting for The Memphis Urban League of Young Professionals. They were among some of Memphis' most elite leaders within education, real estate, Health, and community outreach. All panelist answered questions that involved how their professions affected the black community and discussed why they opted to enter into those fields. The meeting gave attendees the opportunity to have conversations that we as Memphis residents should be having with each other, like what were their thoughts on gentrification or what moving back to their old neighborhood could do to help redevelop the area. 

There were moments where the views discussed were on opposing sides however, even with opposing views the energy was high, and the passion could be felt from all in attendance.The meeting displayed the commitment to Memphis from its residents, the want for a change, and it was a reminder that we are stronger together. Hopefully the energy from that meeting carries over into the years to come and the passion turns into the growth.

Memphis Urban League recently started the revitalization process of its chapter and with the direction of LaTricea Adams and her team, they are moving in the right direction. Memphis Urban League of Young Professionals is looking for leaders within the city to join and be a part of the movement, please check out their website by clicking on the link www.memphisulyp.org. Also, follow them on Instagram at Mem_ulyp and on Facebook by searching Memphis Urban League Young Professionals. 

 

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MILLENNIALS WORK TO INCREASE LOCAL COLLEGE ATTAINMENT RATES

We often assume young men, fresh out of college, are focused on money and women. This is hardly the case for Jeremy Calhoun and Alton Cryer — Memphis natives who are busy ensuring more young people complete college.

Still in their twenties, these young men have already contributed more to the Memphis community than many folks twice their age. They founded Setting the Standard (STS) Enterprise, a nonprofit providing leadership and mentorship for teens and college students.

On April 13, they’re hosting a networking event for college students to meet Memphis leaders. Learn more at stsenterprise.org.

 Renee Malone, APR, Publisher of The Memphis 100