Phi Beta Sigma's Tau Iota Sigma Chapter President James Bailey and the fraternity's International President Jimmy Hammock announced the fraternity's commitment to the Truancy Mentoring program on February 23rd, 2013 during a press conference inside the Hall of Mayors at Memphis City Hall.
"This program cannot function without adults doing their part as mentors," said District Attorney General Weirich. "I am excited about the partnership with Phi Beta Sigma and the impact it will have on our students and the community."
Tennessee law requires that school officials report to the District Attorney's office when students reach five (5) or more unexcused school absences. In lieu of prosecution, the D.A.'s office may offer the students diversion as long as the students maintain daily school attendance. The District Attorney's Truancy Mentoring program matches these students with qualified and trained mentors who work with them to emphasize the importance of attending school daily.
The D.A.'s Mentoring Program operates in nine (9) Memphis middle schools: Chickasaw, Cypress, Hamilton, Hickory Ridge, Humes, Ridgeway, Sherwood, Vance and Westside. The program recently expanded to Shannon and Westwood elementary schools.
"Thanks to our new partnership with the D.A.'s Truancy Mentoring program, we are empowered to mitigate truancy within our communities," said James Bailey, President of the Memphis Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. "We will utilize this program as a platform to "Create Vision Through Mentorship" as we enhance the futures of our youth."
Phi Beta Sigma fraternity was founded January 9th, 1914 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and is now an international organization with over six-hundred-fifty (650) chapters in eight (8) countries with over 150,000 members. Phi Beta Sigma's mission is to foster a strong commitment to brotherhood, scholarship and service in the communities they serve.
Tau Iota Sigma (Memphis Alumni Chapter) was chartered on June 7th, 1935. The chapter is committed to the fraternity's motto, "Culture for Service and Service for Humanity," by using the collective skills and gifts of its members to improve the Memphis community.