Much of Nell’s freshman year was spent working with organization in the education realm, and though she continued to work for a number of these organizations her sophomore year, she also expanded her reach and began exploring the field of social business and where business meets service.
Having spent her summer interning for The Future Project, an innovative and exciting organization that hopes to change the way we educate students by igniting their passions, Nell was eager to return to Nashville to continue her work in under privileged schools and communities. Nell continued to tutor and mentor at Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, in East Nashville, where the wonderful staff and smiling faces of children kept her returning week after week, but she also got to see how a similar organization in the area operated through her work with the youngest division of children in the Early Learning Center at the Martha O’Bryan Center. She explored another way of empowering young people through the organization Girls on the Run, where she coached and mentored elementary girls in track and on body issues and healthy lifestyles.
Exploring a somewhat new area, Nell became involved in NSEA (Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance) where she was responsible for updating the organizations social media pages, and spreading awareness about events on Vanderbilt’s campus. Nell helped them to organize their “Business for Good” competition that required an individual to submit a business proposal for a business that made a profit and gave back to the community in some way. Nell hopes to see a Vandy student submission next year! With this new interest in the social business arena, Nell joined SCNO (Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations) where she was assigned to consult for the Exile International, an organization that brings art therapy to children who have been victims to child soldiering in Africa. Nell and her teammates conducted research on the best way the organization could recruit volunteers and create a presence on college campuses.
On the first day of July Nell departed for Cape Town, South Africa where she will be spending a semester studying abroad and learning about a new culture and community. She hopes to tutor students in some of the neighboring townships, and also volunteer in the youth prison system. She is thrilled to explore this new area of the world, and is more grateful than ever of all the opportunities the Ingram Scholarship Program has afforded her!