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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.