Each year, Memphis "Beat the Odds" (MBTO) honors and recognizes several young people, between the ages of 13 and 21, with its Memphis “Beat the Odds” Award. The awards are intended to bring positive attention to young people who, despite facing some tremendous “odds” in their lives, are achieving and giving back to the community in a number of ways.
MBTO also honors and recognizes an adult with its Cathryn Rivers Johnson Award. Individuals receiving this award have gone the extra mile or taken extraordinary measures to help lift young people up and “through” great odds.
Nominations for award recipients are received from a variety of sources - teachers, churches, community organizations, and other sources. Through a competitive process, the program's selection committee determines 5-6 award recipients each year.
Do you know a student who is:
If so, consider nominating them for the MBTO Awards Program. The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2020 MBTO Awards Program is March 13, 2020.
The Cathryn Rivers Johnson (CRJ) Award goes to a caring adult (i.e. a teacher, counselor, mentor, social worker, coach, etc.) who goes the extra mile or takes extraordinary measures to help lift young people up and over great odds.
The CRJ Award was established in 1995, in memory of Cathryn Rivers Johnson, a longtime educator and youth advocate. This award honors outstanding adults with the same compassion and dedication in serving people, especially children in our community.
The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2020 Cathryn Rivers Johnson Award is March 13, 2020.
For a student or adult to be considered, applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 13, 2020.
Please send your application to:
Memphis “Beat the Odds” Foundation
Attn: Selection Committee
P.O. Box 111242
Memphis, TN 38111