COVID-19 is the first global event most of us have ever experienced. In the long term, Gen— Zs will be impacted most by this world crisis. More than ever, technology is powering our lives giving us greater access to the world. Youth who are technology savvy and globally conscious have a broader point-of-view. This exposure promotes critical thinking – a key skill they will need for successfully shaping the future in an unprecedented world.
International exposure gives access to future program possibilities
TBF was proud to be a sponsor of the 2019 International Sports Tech Nation Summit in Tel Aviv, Israel this past fall. As part of TBF’s strategic plan for rebranding, we are partnering with global technology brands, especially those in sports. Through developing international and U. S. partnerships, we look to offer youth in our programs unique opportunities to learn about technology and sports. Tim Green, TBF director of boys’ programs was a featured speaker at the summit where he spoke to nearly 400 international delegates attending this global summit about our plans for the future. Thanks to TBF founder and CEO, Tarik Black who is the starting center for Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv, for forging this opportunity.
When COVID-19 brought schools to an abrupt closing in March, thousands of Shelby County Schools students found themselves at home without access to the technology for continuing classwork. As part of Tarik Black Foundation’s launch into Taking Back the Future, we partnered with Urban Strategies to help in filling this crucial need.
Thanks to generous donors contributing to our Laptop for Students drive, we provided 14 students with digital devices. Urban Strategies delivered this technology and ensured each had access to WiFi. “Access to technology is one of the anchors of our rebrand mission,” said Judith Moore, TBF president. “We were glad that we could make a contribution to this effort.”
Taking Back the Future is about collaborations and partnership to provide programs that give youth access to information and exposure to new ideas. Four anchors drive our mission:
Wealth Creation, Health Awareness, Global Collaborations and Technology Impact.
Our Vision: A world where youth are well informed, well-rounded and well prepared for the future.
“I am very grateful because I was able to continue the educational needs for my children.”
– Angelica Parker
TBF wants youth to leave the annual multicultural celebration with appreciation for cultural differences and increased global awareness January 1, 2020
Tarik Black’s annual multicultural celebration fosters an atmosphere of understanding and appreciation for diversity and different cultural traditions. An idea that started with plans to just show an international basketball game has morphed into an opportunity to teach so much more. “Preparing youth for the future includes teaching them to live, work and thrive in a global society,” says Tarik Black who hosts this event virtually for Tel Aviv each year. The free event for youth features a streamed Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball game in which Tarik is the starting center. “Offering youth the chance to see a professional Euroleague basketball game was the initial point of this party,” said Tarik. However, the concept grew as TBF organizers realized it would also be a good way to bring the youth of different backgrounds together to learn about a variety of cultural traditions. The event features a multi-ethnic menu, traditional games, and activities indicative of various cultures.
“Since it’s been such a success these first two years, we are coming up with ways to better embrace the communities represented in the planning of the event. Our idea is to launch a planning committee to help us assure we are honoring each tradition appropriately. We also want to continue adding traditions so that Memphis youth get to mingle with and make friends across neighborhoods and across zip codes,” said Judith Moore, The event targets youth but adults are welcomed. TBF expects adult celebration-goers to purchase items in the event pop up shop and participate in the silent auction to benefit TBF’s programs. Adults get to play the games, taste the unique dishes, and get involved with the overall festivities too.
Look for announcements about the 2020 multicultural event. Youth groups interested in attending may inquire at email@example.com. TBF invites businesses to partner with us in hosting this event by being a corporate sponsor. For details, please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special thanks to 2019 sponsors: Bridges Center, Carter Malone Group, City Food Tours. Grandeur Cleaning, Park + Cherry, Massage On the Go and The Westin Hotel.
Tarik Black Foundation is hosting a FREE multicultural celebration. Tarik Black’s From Tel Aviv to Memphis: A Multicultural Celebration will include watching a Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv basketball game. During each quarter, party-goers will experience fun Hanukkah, Mexican, and Kwanzaa traditional foods and games. The event takes place on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm at Bridges Center, 477 N. Fifth St. Memphis, TN.
“This is the second year TBF has hosted this event. Last year, we celebrated Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. We’ve added Mexican traditions and foods to the party for our 2019 celebration. We want a diverse crowd of young people to join us for this cultural exchange event,” said Judith Moore, TBF president.
Former NBA player, now Euroleague/Israeli League player, Black plays the starting center position for the team. Maccabi Fox, the 2018 -2019 season Israeli League Championship team includes several U. S. players in addition to Black who party-goers will get to watch during the viewing party.
Providing unique opportunities to learn life skills is part of TBF’s mission. The foundation considers experiencing the traditions of cultures different from your own and seeing the world outside of your own community an important part of being well prepared, well informed, and well rounded.
“The young people in our community are real familiar with the NBA but not many are as familiar with overseas professional basketball. Much of the game is similar but there are a few differences. A big difference is listening to it being commentated in a language other than English and fans chanting more than cheering,” said Moore.
Former TBF youth campers and interns are especially invited to attend. Other youth are welcome too. Admission is first come first served until we reach capacity. Please register to attend by clicking here.
The Tarik Black Foundation proudly congratulates Tim Green, Jr., our Director of Boys’ Programs on being named one of this year’s 40 Under 40. The honor acknowledges Tim as among the Forty Most Influential Urban Elite Professionals Under Forty in Memphis.
Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Professionals Awardee #7 is Tim Green, Jr. Tim is the Executive Director and Founder of The Dividend, Co-founder of Memphis Restorative Justice Coalition, Founder of Tim Green Presents: Brunch and Convos and he is the Memphis Impact Leader for Profound Gentlemen. Through all his jobs and endeavors, he works to mentor boys and male educators of color.
Tim is a native Memphian and considers it his life’s work to give back to the community that shaped his life. After graduating from Whitehaven High School in 2003, He received his BA in Political Science from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a M.Ed. from Bethel University. Tim has over 16 years of experience in youth development from being a classroom teacher to working for some of the mid-south’s most prestigious schools and nonprofits.
He is also the Vice Board Chair of Blues City Cultural Center, an Ignite Memphis Volume 10 speaker, founding cohort member of the national organization, Leaders of Color Initiative, Memphis Grizzlies Scholars mentor, Embark Fall 2015, and member of Leadership Memphis Executive Program 2017. #40UrbanElite
We are pleased to welcome Timothy Green, Jr. as TBF’s Director of Boys Programs. Tim will be responsible for developing partnerships that support the foundation’s programs for adolescent and teen- age boys. He will oversee the foundation’s SPORTS CAREERS Internship program and TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills Camp. In addition, he will develop and present activities throughout the year that provide lessons in character, cultural enlightenment, and leadership.
Tim is the founder of The Dividend program, Co-founder of Memphis Restorative Justice Coalition, founder of Tim Green Presents: Brunch and Convos and he is the Memphis Impact Leader for Profound Gentlemen. Tim is passionate about seeing youth develop into successful, grounded adults. With this focus, all of his endeavors have centered around mentoring young men, in particular, young men and male educators of color. He is a native Memphian where he graduated from Whitehaven High School. He considers it his life’s calling to give back to the community that shaped his life.
He has a BA in Political Science from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a M.Ed. from Bethel University. Tim has over 16 years of experience in youth development from classroom teaching to working for some of the Mid-south’s most prestigious schools and nonprofits.
Tim is the Vice Board Chair of Blues City Cultural Center, an Ignite Memphis Volume 10 speaker, a Memphis Grizzlies Scholars and Embark Fall 2015 mentor, and member of Leadership Memphis Executive Program 2017.
“Tim brings the innovative ideas and leadership we want to have in developing engaging life skills, character growth, cultural enlightenment, and leadership training activities,” said Judith Moore, TBF President. “We are excited to bring Tim’s level of expertise, energy, and passion to TBF.”
The City of Memphis MPLOY Program named the Tarik Black Foundation Best Community Partner for 2019. The award was presented during MPLOY’s closing summer event at the Cannon Center.
This summer, the Tarik Black Foundation provided summer employment for 50 interns who were hired by MPLOY and assigned to the foundation. This was the largest number of interns assigned to any MPLOY business partner. There were 25 young men and 27 young ladies hired to participate as interns (two former Summer GLAM interns returned as junior counselors).
This was the second year for the Tarik Black Foundation and MPLOY business partnership. “We are honored to have been selected for the Best Community Partner Award. More importantly, we are pleased to have had 50 young people attend either SPORTS CAREERS or Summer GLAM,” said Judith Moore, TBF President. “We had a wonderful group of interns coming from MPLOY. We look forward to continuing this partnership. “
MPLOY provides summer employment for thousands of youth each year. The program is managed by the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services.