MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Business Academy is working to empower youth in Frayser by building a new STEM academy and sports complex.
An empty field in Frayser, filled with debris from storm damage, and a blighted shopping complex will soon be renovated into state-of-the-art facilities for MBA students.
MBA currently has 1,600 students in 6 schools from grades Kindergarten through 12.
The school's CEO Anthony Anderson has plans to build a new STEM academy at an old nightclub in Harmony Plaza and a sports complex less than a mile away.
"There is presently nowhere for students of North Memphis and Frayser to hold a soccer game, there's nowhere for students of Frayser to have a football game for highschoolers. We're saying time out for that," said Anderson.
The sports complex will have multiple football and soccer fields and a cross country track.
The new STEM academy is a 14 million dollar project that’ll have high ceilings for students to build and fly drones.
Current MBA students said they are excited.
"It's really eye opening to see something positive going on in Frayser," said Senior Ti'Myah Cleaves.
“They want to be a leader also which MBA does prepare you for that. They prepare you to be a leader, and that what you want to be a leader not a follower,” said Junior Dapne Ortega.
Anderson said it is part of his plan for a bigger goal.
“Children need incredible schools no matter where they are. Period. That’s our dream,” said Anderson.
Both projects are expected to be complete at the start of the 2020 - 2021 school year.