Success Stories

We enrich the lives of youth by empowering them to discover
their potential through academic achievement and the arts.

Success stories like these demonstrate that you can do anything you put your mind to with hard work, determination, and mentorship. Our alumni are living proof of that. Help Moves & Grooves create more opportunities to help children discover their full potential by donating today.


Micah started with Moves and Grooves in 2017. He has had an exciting high school experience at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, working with several music labels during this time including Motown and performing LIVE with four-time Grammy award winning country music star Keith Urban. In addition to his hard work in school and music, Micah is a part of the Moves and Grooves P.L.U.G. High School mentoring program and Opportunity Now that allowed him the experience of building a business from the ground up. Micah graduated from Pearl-Cohn in May 2020 as the school’s Valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. WHOA!! Micah received a FULL RIDE scholarship to Belmont University and will be majoring in music production and engineering.
So proud of you Micah!


Myrna Gourgy arrived with her immigrant family to the United States when she was a small child. Myrna joined the Moves & Grooves Ladies of Purpose Mentoring Program in 2010 in hopes of finding her voice. Since then, Moves & Grooves never stopped making an impact on her life. Moves & Grooves founder Dr. Emerald Mitchell continued to keep in touch throughout her high school and college career as a personal mentor and friend. Through Moves & Grooves, Myrna learned the importance of being a leader, giving back and using her voice to make a difference. Myrna was actively involved in many organizations at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and gained over 250 hours of community service during her college career. In 2019, Myrna obtained a degree in Kinesiology to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. She continues to make us and her family proud!