Youth Program Expands
As the 2014-15 school year gets under way, NICE's Youth Program services and staff have expanded to accommodate a growing need for programming within the school-aged refugee population. For the upcoming school year, NICE will be expanding its Youth Program from Glencliff High School, where it has been since its beginning three years ago, to Antioch High School as well as McMurray Middle School. In addition to the new sites, two staff members have been added as well.
The new Youth Education Coordinator is Mary Nelle Hall. She was born and raised in the Nashville area. She graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL with a Bachelors of Arts in Languages and World Trade. After graduation, Mary Nelle joined the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring, Maryland as an Employment Specialist working to find jobs for refugees and asylees with professional degrees. Later, she was hired as the IRC's Cultural Orientation Coordinator where she planned and taught CO classes for refugees within their first 90 days in the US. In that role, she started the organization's first youth program, which provided tutoring and mentorship to middle school and high school refugee students. At NICE, Mary Nelle will be coordinating the after school programs.
Emily Dunn is the new Youth Education Specialist. She was born in Illinois, but has lived in Nashville since she was 4. She interned at NICE during her senior year of college as a Youth Impact Intern in NICE's after-school program at Glencliff. She graduated from Lipscomb University in May of 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Family Relations. In July of 2014, she was hired to oversee NICE's after school program at McMurray Middle School. Emily also has traveled to Ghana, West Africa to the Village of Hope Orphanage to tutor children in literacy and art.
The growth in both staff and services is exciting for refugee and immigrant students and we look forward to the incredible difference these programs will have!