Posted to Community Services News on February 28, 2020 at 12:11 PM by Janet Lo
Division of Community Services
Thank you ITS for Serving the Community
When approached by Shelby County Schools’ Division of College, Career, and Technical Education (CCTE) to request we participate as a ‘work-based learning site’ for their ‘2020 CCTE IT Day’ on January 30th, we knew that Shelby County’s Information Technology Services (ITS) team would be willing and ready to give back.
Touring over 320 students city-wide, CCTE IT Day’s goal was to expose students to careers and strengthen SCS’ relationship with Memphis’ IT industry employers. After providing a brief overview of County government by Deputy Director Raushanah Morgan, Chief Information Officer John Halbert, Administrator Sandra Perry and the ITS team hosted, educated, and entertained eleven Central High School students about the comprehensive work that ITS does for the County. The ITS team, led by Troy White, enlightened them with career path advice about what they did, why they did it and how they arrived at County government. The students then toured the careers in action, led by Central High alums through IT departments to experience ‘live demo’ sessions.
Many students were surprised by what they learned and also the team’s diversity; to continue learning, we encouraged them to apply for the Mayor’s Summer Youth program for an IT internship.
As we work to introduce the next generation to County careers, we appreciate the unsung superheroes among County government within the ITS Division for giving their time and knowledge to these students.
Posted to Community Services News on February 28, 2020 at 12:08 PM by Janet Lo
Community Gardens Come Back
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has announced the reestablishment of the Community Gardens program. Shelby County residents will have an opportunity to garden vegetables, fruits, or flowers for free on a 100’ x 25’ plot. The Community Garden is located at 6265 Gardener Road and has approximately 400 plots. Shelby County Public Works has launched a new website with an interactive map to assist those navigate the plots.
The gardens are anticipated to open in April 2020.
“These community garden plots are a great opportunity for residents to grow their own food, nurture healthy lifestyles, and benefit from enjoying our county’s greenspaces. Shelby County wants to have an active role in promoting a culture of healthy living and staying active. I hope residents with a green thumb, or those hoping to get a green thumb, will take advantage of this program.” -- Mayor Lee Harris
Posted to Community Services News on February 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM by Janet Lo
901 Legal Connect: Using Tech Innovation to Increase Free Legal Help
On February 6, the Memphis Bar Foundation launched 901LegalConnect.org as the legal community’s latest initiative to improve the way that underserved populations access vital legal services. 901 Legal Connect is a mobile responsive web-application that connects underserved residents in the City of Memphis, Shelby County, and the surrounding counties to free or low-cost legal service providers. The Memphis Bar Foundation is a part of a growing number of organizations that has employed tech-innovation to build sustainable programs that minimize some of the barriers to justice. Also, the Foundation is the first bar organization in the state of Tennessee to develop a web-based, applicant intake portal.
As a one-stop portal, 901 Legal Connect serves as a pre-screening tool that connects appropriate applicants with the correct legal service provider on the first try. 901 Legal Connect informs applicants in as little as 20 minutes if they meet the minimum qualifications for legal assistance. Then, they will be connected with the appropriate legal service provider who will complete the intake process to determine final eligibility.
This new one-stop approach creates a win-win for both applicants and legal service providers. Now, applicants will only complete one initial screening regarding their eligibility for legal assistance instead of contacting multiple organizations to find out if they qualify for help. As a result, CLC and MALS will receive only qualified applications, which increases their capacity to serve more underserved residents who would not otherwise have access to legal services. To learn more about 901 Legal Connect, visit www.901LegalConnect.org.