PeopleFirst is an unprecedented collaboration of business, government, academic and civic leaders dedicated to strengthening Memphis and Shelby County’s cradle-to-career pipeline.

Spearheaded by a nonprofit, 501c3 organization called the PeopleFirst Partnership, the PeopleFirst agenda is a portfolio of initiatives anchored by four goals, ten strategies and key performance metrics.

Goal A

Children enter kindergarten ‘ready to learn’.

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Goal B

Students graduate high school ‘college and career ready’.

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Goal C

Adults earn degrees and certifications that prepare for local careers.

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Goal D

Talent is attracted to and retained in Shelby County.

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