Stride Program Application



Great teachers are critical to our city’s future success. 
Stride is a free program that offers the support early career teachers need to thrive as educators in Memphis. In addition to social outings and fun opportunities to explore Memphis, Stride provides an environment of collaborative learning, peer networking, and professional development. By engaging teachers in their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd years in the classroom, Stride helps retain our community’s most promising educators.  In recognition of your commitment to investing in yourself, we invest in you with a semesterly stipend for participation.
COVID-19 Protocols
Building relationships is foundational to the New Memphis leadership program experience, and we know from our past year of virtual classes that this is best done when people are meeting together in-person, where spontaneous interactions happen and trusting friendships can be forged. Because of this, our staff has worked hard to bring our programs (each class with no more than 30 people) safely back to in-person experiences. If you have questions please email
  • We require all New Memphis program participants, staff and facilitators to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 before the first day of class.
  • We require all participants to stay home if they are unwell (and alert your program lead, like you would for any absence) and to notify their program lead of any exposure to or confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Masks are currently required for indoor program classes and events (aside from specific times when participants are eating or drinking). Masks will be required until October 1, at which time the New Memphis staff will reevaluate based on health officials’ recommendations.
  • While masks will be required indoors, masks are strongly encouraged for outdoor program events and gatherings.
  • New Memphis always follows any venue-specific rules when program participants are visiting off-site locations and will alert attendees in advance of those rules.

Please email to discuss any questions regarding our COVID-19 protocols.

Thanks for your commitment to safety! We will ask you to submit a photo of your vaccination record on your registration form if you are accepted.
Thank you for your interest in the program! For the safety of all, all program participants are required to be vaccinated at this time. You may choose to still apply now for consideration in a future cohort.
Contact Details
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Commitment to Participation
Full participation by each member of the cohort is crucial to the Stride experience.  Please carefully consider the dates below and contact Erin Wendell ( with any questions you have.  Laps are offered Wednesday OR Thursday 5:30-7:30 PM.  

Lap 1:  The Golden Circle  9.22.21 OR 9.23.21
Lap 2:  The Big Rocks  10.6.21 OR 10.7.21
Lap 3:  The Beloved Community 11.17.21 OR 11.18.21

Aid Station timing varies. 
Aid Station 1:  Foundry Fun 9.16.21 
Aid Station 2:  TEDx Memphis 10.30.21
Aid Station 3:  Starry Nights 12.9.21 

If accepted, you will complete another form to RSVP for the Wednesday OR Thursday sessions.   
Spring sessions will be announced by December 1, 2021