Queer Youth on the Edge of Belonging

Despite the queer community’s overrepresentation in the homeless community, the unique, overlapping challenges faced by queer homeless youth of all backgrounds, and queer Americans’ growing visibility in the public, queer homeless youth continue to be largely invisible, and their needs largely unmet. 

Organization Profile: Autism Tennessee

“He’s artistic?”  “No, he’s Autistic!” Today, if I asked a room of people if they knew what autism is, I am confident that a majority of them would say “yes.” However, if I were to ask this very question forty years ago, I am certain the answer would not be nearly as resounding. In fact, … Continue reading Organization Profile: Autism Tennessee

FP 5: Bringing it all together.

In this final post, I want to further discuss how Casa Azafrán, the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE), and the Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR) all uniquely serve immigrants and refugees—but also work together—in order to create a well-founded network of support. Most of my time with these organizations was spent with Nashville’s refugees … Continue reading FP 5: Bringing it all together.

FP 4: Stateless.

The last organization that I was able to connect with this semester is the Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR). I had briefly heard about the office while volunteering with the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE), and after reaching out to TOR about their volunteer opportunities, I was put in contact with Emily, one of … Continue reading FP 4: Stateless.

FP 3: Let’s share tea.

A few weeks after my first time volunteering with the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE), I was invited to participate in their weekly “Community Day” English class at a nearby high school. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I arrived, I was warmly greeted by Karen, one of NICE’s adult education specialists. … Continue reading FP 3: Let’s share tea.

FP 2: We all bring gifts.

Not too long after I connected with Casa Azafrán, I heard back about volunteering with the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE). I had reached out to Camila, a fellow student who had been involved with the organization for the past year, and she invited me to join a group event scheduled for that weekend. … Continue reading FP 2: We all bring gifts.

FP 1: We hold their secrets in our hands.

On a rainy afternoon, I visited Casa Azafrán (and Nolensville itself) for the first time. Greeted by signs in English, Spanish, and Arabic, I was pleasantly surprised by how the community center’s muted exterior gave way to a lively interior. With an assortment of toys stationed in one corner and a collection of informative pamphlets … Continue reading FP 1: We hold their secrets in our hands.

FP Post 2 – Big Brothers Big Sisters

The goals of my weekly visits with my Little are to improve her academic as well as social skills in the classroom and at home. While there are not many requirements for my meetings with my Little, the organization does provide her school with a collection of games and activities for us to use. While … Continue reading FP Post 2 – Big Brothers Big Sisters