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REACH A CHILD.

RAISE A LEADER.

RESTORE COMMUNITY.

our mission is to

Help refugees heal, learn, and

direct their own future for good

The Global Challenge

Around half of the world’s refugees are children under 18 years of age. They often miss school for long periods, in some cases years, which puts them at risk of missing out on education. This can affect them for the rest of their lives. Around 6 in 10 go to primary school, but just 1 in 4 go to secondary school, and only 3% will go to a university or other higher education institution later in life.

63%

Primary School

Enrollment

24%

Secondary School

Enrollment

3%

University

Enrollment

The Local Challenge

Nashville has the most diverse school system in the state, drawing refugees from as far as Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Kurdistan, Syria, and Nepal. Nearly 58,000 refugees have found a home in the city's South Side, where they also attend school. While the refugee numbers increase year to year, academic performance is not improving. In Tennessee’s 2016 State Test, immigrant and refugee students scored well below their peers.

5%

21%

30%

3%

14%

49%

Math

Reading

Science

Tennessee Refugee Students

All Tennessee Students

Students from the bottom 25% lack access to deeper learning that helps build core skills and are not on track to develop the skills and networks necessary to lead in the 21st century economy.  * Citizen Schools

Nine million at-risk youth will reach the age of 19 without ever having a mentor.  80% of youth without mentors struggle with attendance, behavior, and academic performance. 

* The Mentoring Effect Report

Children who have experienced trauma, such as refugees, are two times more likely to develop depression and three times more likely to develop anxiety disorders.  

* Vulnerability of Refugees

THE NEED IS MULTILAYERED

TOO FEW
MENTORS
UNDERLYING
TRAUMA
LIMITED OPPORTUNITY

our holistic approach

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reach a child.
raise a leader.

Through our after school and summer camp programs, UP Nashville provides opportunities for elementary school refugee students to improve their academic competency, receive trauma healing, establish positive relationships, explore the arts, and nurture their faith.

Through our StreetLeader program, UP Nashville employs high school refugee students as tutors and mentors for the elementary students. These teens receive extensive leadership development, job training, academic support, and trauma healing to help them succeed in and outside of the program.

restore community.

UP Nashville’s ultimate goal is to raise up youth into Christian leaders who are passionate about restoring their communities and advancing the Kingdom of God. Our great hope is to disciple and equip the refugee youth of Nashville to share the love of Jesus to those around them.