The Nest Academy

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Mary Catherine Hildreth
Primary Contact Name
Mary Catherine (MC) Hildreth
Main Address

The Nest Academy at The Simmons YMCA
6824 Democracy Drive
Charlotte, NC 28212
United States

What We Do

At The Nest Academy we educate, empower, and enrich Charlotte’s refugee,  immigrant, underprivileged and at-risk children to become first-generation graduates. We have a trauma-informed, holistic approach to education,  addressing the whole child: educationally,  emotionally, socially,  nutritionally, and experientially to help them become Whole, Healthy, Youth for tomorrow! The Nest Academy’s mission focuses 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. Now in 2022 we graduated our BIGGEST class of FIVE students and have over 50 girl and boys! We look forward to our community joining us in support through volunteering or helping with much needed supplies for our school year! Click HERE to see how you can support us!

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 FIVE first generation refugee high school graduates in June 2022!!!
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