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 firstname.lastname@example.org. TBF invites businesses to partner with us in hosting this event by being a corporate sponsor. For details, please send inquiries to email@example.com.
The TBF’s 2nd annual multicultural and game watch event was a kick-off to the holidays for 200 youth and their parents. Tarik Black’s From Tel Aviv to Memphis: A Multicultural Celebration and Viewing Party took place at Bridges Center in Memphis. It was a time to make new friends, try new foods and learn about Jewish, Kwanza, and Hispanic traditional celebrations. Youth from various churches, community centers, and other groups played dreidel, learned the principles of Kwanza and ended the evening by breaking piñatas. Attendees got to watch Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv Basketball team play Istanbul in a Euroleague game that streamed during the festivities. Via video from Tel Aviv, Tarik Black who is the starting center for the Maccabi team, welcomed celebration-goers and launched an evening of music, cultural games, food, and excitement.
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.
Officer Clayton Turner, Coach William “Woody” Woodruff, Fred Jones, Leonard Draper Sr.
Congratulations to our 2019 Citizen Mentor Honorees. Each year, the Tarik Black Foundation presents four awards to citizens who inspire, encourage, and support youth. This year’s recipients were honored during the closing luncheon for SPORTS CAREERS interns. The awards are named after the inaugural recipients. This year’s honorees are Officer Clayton Turner – Sgt. Byron Johnson Neighborhood Officer Role Model Award Coach William “Woody” Woodruff – Wesley Henning Northern Star Award Fred Jones – Willie Gregory Touchstone Award Leonard Draper Sr. – Leonard Draper Jr. Guiding Hand Award.
The Citizen Mentor Awards were created to recognize and encourage individuals to take the time to mentor and support youth. The four men for which the awards are named were men that mentored Tarik as he was growing up. “Sgt. Johnson, Coach Henning, Mr. Draper, and Mr. Gregory offered me guidance and wisdom. I owe a lot to these men for helping to shape my values, encouraging me to grow in character, and pushing me to work hard – never give up,” said Tarik. “This year’s honorees share the same qualities and we are pleased to acknowledge how much they have contributed to the community and the hundreds — if not thousands — of young lives they’ve positively touched and continue to touch.”
TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills Camp will be held at the North Frayser Community Center 2555 St. Elmo Ave. Campers registering for this year should be aware of this change from the previous location, Gaisman Community Center. New activities added to this year’s program will be better accommodated at the North Frayser location. “We’ve decided to conclude this year’s camp with a combination basketball and life skills tournament,” says Susan Black TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills Camp Director. Black says the North Frayser Community Center’s facility will allow campers more space for TRANSFORMATION50 Life Sessions as well as more bleachers for seating family and friends at the closing day tournament. In the past, the tournament has been only for basketball and was held during the camp day. This year, to better highlight life skills lessons learned, the camp staff have decided to hold an evening tournament featuring more activities and fanfare. “This will be a lot more fun since family and friends will be able to watch the young men play basketball and then watch them demonstrate the life skills they learned while at camp.”
The foundation also saw the opportunity to move to Frayser as a way of hosting an uplifting event in a community that is still struggling to come to terms with tragedy and loss.”We thought about the positive attention we could offer the Frayser community, especially now by relocating the camp to North Frayser Community Center,” said President of the Tarik Black Foundation Judith Moore. “We plan to offer the center first opportunity to fill the remaining spots with campers from the Frayser Community and hope that youth will sign-up.”
Campers who were notified to register for this year’s TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills Camps are required to register on July 6, 10 am-noon. Registration will be held at the North Frayser Community Center.
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.
We tell athletes they need an alternative career in mind as they pursue their dream to play sports professionally. While young men who love sports but are not athletically inclined most often think they have no future in this industry. To offer ideas for alternatives to actually playing a sport, Tarik Black Foundation (TBF) this summer will introduce a paid internship designed to offer ideas for “Plan B” sports-related careers.
The internship is for 15 male teens who have signed up for employment with the City of Memphis’ summer youth employment program, MPLOY. Interns will be assigned to the Plan B internship program by officials in the Youth Services Division during their annual job fair for MPLOY participants.
“We hope every young man who wants to be a professional athlete or pursue another “dream” job gets that chance, but we want them to have a second choice in mind – one that they can be equally as excited to pursue,” explains Tarik Black, foundation founder.
As a pro athlete, Tarik interfaces with many professionals that support him personally and in addition, there are hundreds of services and products that support the industry as a whole. This includes technical, medical, scientific, communications, and business professionals as well as skilled laborers who keep this industry going. Plan B interns will get to learn about some of these jobs through mentoring sessions and exploratory field trips.
In addition, interns will participate in various character education and life skills activities which is always an essential component of programs provided by TBF. The paid internship is six weeks, June 3 – July 11, 2019.
Male teens who applied in December 2018 and have been hired for the 2019 MPLOY Experience may express an interest in being considered for the Plan B Internship during the spring MPLOY job fair.