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Recognizing the positive 

potential of young people

Nominations Open!

Nominate deserving Youth and an Adult for the 2020 Memphis “Beat the Odds” Awards Program


DEADLINE: March 13, 2020

We have told their stories for over 26 years

Memphis “Beat the Odds” (MBTO) Foundation recognizes and honors young people who have overcome tremendous obstacles to achieve and find success. Like Marian Wright Edelman and the Children’s Defense Fund’s nationally renowned “Beat the Odds” project, Memphis “Beat the Odds” focuses on the positive potential of youth. 

To date, the we have shared the stories of over 125 extraordinary youth by honoring them at the annual Memphis "Beat the Odds" Awards Banquet. We continue our efforts to bring positive attention to young people throughout the year with educational programming and community/service projects.

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Check out this great video chronicling Memphis "Beat the Odds" awardees past and present. 



The MBTO Scholarship Fund Needs You

  Help us give the recipients the awards they deserve.

  • a scholarship fund of $2500 
  • and a laptop computer

Whether you give $20 or $1000, your contribution helps each student achieve their goals in school and beyond.