The Memphis Music Initiative (MMI) is attempting to make a difference in the lives of poor Memphian students. On their website, MMI explains that “research demonstrates the important role music-engagement focused youth development activities can play in giving youth the skills, attitudes, and behaviors they need to overcome barriers and succeed in school and life”. In increasing the role of music in youth development, MMI improves the quality of life for Memphian students. MMI involves, collaborates with, and empowers Memphis communities. The organization takes open applications to serve as music mentors and also provides opportunities to be an advocate for the community. They write on their website: “Community input is critical to our initiative’s success as community engagement and ownership were core to the development of our approach and communities can create innovative solutions to the city’s toughest challenges”.