Ike Griffith directs the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services, which operates the MPLOY Summer Youth Experience - now cancelled for 2020. (Photo: Karanja A. Ajanaku)

The City of Memphis’ MPLOY Youth Summer Experience 2020 will be executed virtually without the use of business partners and/or service providers.

Ike Griffith, special assistant to Mayor Jim Strickland and director of the Memphis Office of Youth Services (MOYS), made the announcement via a news release today (April 22).

“This virtual program will be conducted solely through our partnership with Shelby County Schools,” Griffith said. “It is in the best interest of MOYS, MPLOY, and its participants, to provide a centrally located online learning experience while protecting the safety of everyone involved.”

With the global pandemic and the “ever changing directives” on local, state and national level, MOYS was tasked with cultivating ideas on providing a Summer 2020 program while keeping staff, students and others safe, Griffith said.

The decision to go the virtual program route came after exploring “several viable options.”

Speaking directly to business partners and service providers, Griffith said, “The Memphis Office of Youth Services’ MPLOY Summer Program values the contributions of our business partners/service providers and appreciates all that you have done to make this program a success.

“As things begin to return to normal, we will reach out to you when preparations for Summer 2021 begin.”