What We Do

The Emmanuel Center serves more than 2,000 people each year through programs that inspire spiritual, physical, and educational growth.  We provide recreational activities and continued learning and developing programs that include spiritual direction, social service programs, educational enrichment, and organized sports.

Emmanuel Academy – After School Program

Exodus – Through Exodus, we provide after school activities in educational enrichment for students in kindergarten through high school. Services include:

  • College Prep
  • Computer Learning Center
  • Emmanuel Scholars and College Bound Tours
  • Homework assistance
  • Math and science enrichment clubs
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Career development


Youth-N-Action – We connect with and engage more than 250 “at-risk” youth, grades K – 8th.  Youth at the St. Paul location are guided with spiritual direction in a variety of activities and events. Services include:

  • After school activities
  • Weekly SWITCH (Showing the Way InTo Christ’s Heart) Chapel service
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • Field trips to local museums and  other attractions
  • Youth job placement
  • Camp HOPE (Helping Our Participants Excel) Retreats

S.A.F.E. High School Program

The S.A.F.E. (Set Apart For Excellence) High School program supports and guides high school students to reach their fullest potential through academic support, spiritual support, recreational and service-based activities that prepare them all the opportunities and challenges that await them in the post-high school world.

Inner City Sports

We know that organized athletics drastically reduces truancy, criminal and delinquent behavior, and improves discipline, health and overall fitness. This year-round program reaches youth, grades K – 12th. The Emmanuel Center works in partnership with Memphis Athletic Ministries, Tennis Memphis, and the Redbirds RBI program to provide this opportunity. These sports include football, basketball, tennis, baseball, soccer, golf, softball, and T-ball.


Community Impact

We network with agencies, churches, organizations, and other ministries to coordinate support programs in the neighborhood. These services include weekly food distribution, Operation Backpack, and Operation Joy (a holiday child adoption program).