The Nest Academy

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Mary Catherine Hildreth
Main Address

6824 Democracy Drive
Charlotte, NC 28212
United States

What We Do
Our Vision The Nest Academy’s vision is to change the lives of our refugee, immigrant and under privileged students to overcome educational barriers and obstacles in an environment that gives them great hope, love, and acceptance. We instill faith and confidence to achieve excellence in their lives. Our Mission The Nest Academy’s mission is to empower, enrich and educate children who were at great risk of slipping through the cracks of our public school system educationally, socially and emotionally, propelling them forward to academic success through an individualized, strategic education plan that is designed for their learning styles. Our History Founded from the vision to fulfill its mission in 2009, The Nest Academy began making a difference in the lives of 5 refugee girls, alleviating the barriers, obstacles and pressures of public school, and whose circumstances had stunted their academic success and were falling behind due to unmet individual needs. The academy grew from 5 girls in 2009 to 10 girls in 2011, and to 20 girls in 2012, and the addition of 5 boys in 2013. In 2019, we had 17 students and 1 graduate who received her diploma this May 31, 2019. IMPACT OF COVID-19 - SPECIFIC NEEDS: We have received over $6,000 in donations/food/supplies for relief efforts to date, many families/neighborhood HOAs, restaurants who have had to close their doors, and one who is staying open to serve the community, The Loyalist Market and Deli in Matthews, who have committed to give us lunch for our students every single day until school resumes, just as we were providing before, to relieve our families burden during quarantine. We NEED YOUR HELP and would love your help contributing items needed or assisting us raising funds to continue our efforts. Each day that donations come in we are able to restock our supply, based on availability, and allow the families to drive through and pick up a box full of essentials for their home. You can see a list of needed items below: -Snacks -Cereal -Peanut Butter & Jelly -Boxed/Canned Goods -Frozen Meals -Rice -Eggs -Milk -Bread -Indoor Crafts and Games -Household Supplies For ways to donate tangible items and financials, please go to :
Interesting Info
  • We educate, enrich and empower refugee, immigrant and under privileged children with a tuition free private school education.
  • We rely fully on donations and volunteers to fulfill our vision and would LOVE your help.
  • We have just graduated our 11th first generation refugee high school graduate in June 2021!!!
Volunteer Opportunities

Repeats daily until Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

Greeters and Basic Administrative Support
Repeats weekly at 8:00am until Wednesday, May 31st, 2023
Flexible Timing

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