TRANSFORMATION50 expands to include a six weeks summer program for older boys

TRANSFORMATION50 expands to include a six weeks summer program for older boys

New junior counselor program will pay participants as they learn about non-athletic professions in sports and train to be counselors.

MEMPHIS, TN Oct. 4, 2018 — The Tarik Black Foundation will expand its TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills camp by adding a six weeks career exploration and counselor training experience for older male teens starting summer of 2019. The addition to the camp will give 12 young men the chance to learn about sports professions other than being an athlete and also train them to be camp counselors.

The program, scheduled for June 8 – 12, 2019 will introduce young men to a cross-section of sports-related professions so that young men who will not become professional athletes but have an interest in professional sports are introduced to non-athletic sports careers.

The other component to this summer experience is a counselor training program. Young men participating in this program will work as junior counselors for the TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills Camp which runs July 8 – 12 next year. The five weeks prior to TRANSFORMATION50 Camp, junior counselors will be trained to assist adult counselors in managing the weeklong camp which is for boys ages 11 -15 in addition to the non-athletic sports professions series.

Junior counselors will be paid thanks to the foundation’s business partnership with the City of Memphis’ Summer Youth MPLOY program. “We are pleased to be able to offer this transformative experience made even better because these young men will earn a stipend while they learn about careers they may not have thought about,” said Judith Moore, President of Tarik Black Foundation, “They will also learn how to mentor younger peers. We know that money is an incentive, so we want to use this opportunity to provide information and training that will hopefully transform these 12 young men’s lives.”

To be considered for this program, young men must complete and submit an application for summer employment on the Office of Youth Services Website at http://cityofmemphisyouth.org between December 1 and December 31, 2018. Potential Junior Counselors will be interviewed and hired by the Office of Youth Services (not the Tarik Black Foundation). The Office of Youth Services will interview, hire and assign young men to this program. Stipends for this program will be administered by the Office of Youth Services. More details including schedule and location will be announced early in 2019.

Tarik signs contract to play overseas

Tarik signs contract to play overseas

The Tarik Black Foundation (TBF) is excited to announce that Tarik has signed a one-year contract with Israel Maccabi Tele Aviv. This will be his fifth season playing professional basketball. Last year, he returned to the Houston Rockets after a 2 1/2 year stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. He started his rookie season with Houston playing half the season before moving to the Lakers.

While Tarik is overseas playing, the TBF will continue to further build its two summer camp programs – TRANSFORMATION50 for boys and Summer GLAM (Girls’ Life Academy Memphis) for girls. The Maccabi Tele Aviv season will end just in time for him to return to Memphis to conduct his summer camps in July 2019.

“We are looking forward to this year in Tele Aviv opening opportunities, not just for me as a basketball player but for my foundation and other professional ventures I’d like to pursue,” said Tarik. “From the start, our dream for the foundation has been to one day offer multi-cultural and international experiences for youth. I hope my living and working abroad this year moves us closer to this dream becoming a reality.”

The TBF congratulates Tarik and wishes him and his family all the best. We look forward to an exceptionally great 2018 – 19 basketball season for him as he plays across Europe this year.

An Evening for Boys and Men focuses on thinking before acting

An Evening for Boys and Men focuses on thinking before acting

George Weaver (left) Jerald Trotter (center) Ken Hamlin (right)

A Conversation about Growing into Manhood

George Weaver program consultant for the Brotherhood Crusade, Los Angeles; Jerald Trotter, Fed Up Anti-Gun Crime Campaign spokesperson, and Ken Hamlin, Former NFL Player talked to TRANSFORMATION50 campers about keeping a level head and thinking about the potential consequences of their actions. This forum was the final program for the 2018 TRANSFORMATION50 Camp. The event included the announcement of this year’s Community Citizen Mentor Honorees: Ken Bennett – Streets Ministries; Pastor Peris Lester, Mount Olive Cathedral CME Church; Coach Verties Sails former Southwest Community College Coach, and Sgt. Wesley Littlejohn, Memphis Police Department.

The finale was the announcement of the TRANSFORMATION50 Camp Awards for 2018: Carlito Craft – 1st Place Character Award, Donovan Carter – 2nd Place Character Award and Nikkareon Williams and Myles Richarson – Tournament MVP Awards. This concluded a week of camp activities including a field trip to the Marshall Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL where campers learned about projectile motion, the force that puts a thrown basketball into motion. In addition to basketball skills, campers learned life skills such as tying a tie, checking under the car hood and using household tools. Camp application and registration dates are announced in early spring and will be posted on this site and in our social media.

Summer GLAM prepares teens for adulthood

Summer GLAM prepares teens for adulthood

Summer GLAM (Girls’ Life Academy Memphis) is a camp for 25 girls that’s actually a summer job made possible through our  business partnership with the City of Memphis.



The City of Memphis’ Summer Youth MPloy program employs the girls selected for Summer GLAM. The TBF then sponsors and provides the camp site and curriculum which is made up of GLAM Sessions where organizations and professionals share information that prepare campers for making smart life decisions. GLAM Sessions have included interactive workshops on obtaining utility services, preparing a healthy meal, buying a car, understanding an apartment lease, building a professional wardrobe, public speaking, and budget planning. These are just some of the activities provided during the Summer GLAM camp. The camp is six weeks and runs in conjunction with the Mploy program summer employment schedule. To be considered for Summer GLAM, girls 16- 19 must apply for the City of Memphis’ Summer Youth Mploy program (Contact City of Memphis to apply for the Summer Youth Mploy program). During the Summer Youth Mploy job fair in the spring, interested girls can apply specifically for Summer GLAM. Only applicants selected by the City of Memphis’ Mploy program for Summer GLAM can participate.