Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Alayna Cate, Director of Partnerships with PENCIL (Public Education Needs Community Involvement & Leadership), who discusses why investing in public schools is so important and highlights the nonprofit organizations efforts to link community resources to Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to help young people achieve academic success and prepare for life.
As the boots-on-the-ground resource recruiter for MNPS, PENCIL’s work is guided by the district’s needs, is student-centric, and is achieved through community partnerships and tangible engagements.
During the interview, Alayna talks about PENCIL Partnerships and programs, such as experiential learning opportunities for high school students, school supplies so every student and teacher has the basic tools they need, caring adult mentors to encourage and tutor young people, and celebration opportunities to acknowledge students and teachers. She also touches on a new initiative, PENCIL Connect, which is a free online platform that matches community volunteers and business partners with engagement experiences at MNPS schools.
Learn more and get involved by visiting www.PENCILforSchools.org.