We serve the needs of people whose lack of education puts them in a vulnerable and often neglected population. The number of these individuals and families continues to increase. Data shows that 24% of those in Nashville who lack a diploma live in poverty, as compared to 11% for those who graduated. In Nashville, an estimated 55,000 adults don’t have a high school diploma; one in eight is functionally illiterate; and 17% don’t speak English “very well”. Recognizing that poverty is multi-generational, our vision statement is “teaching one generation to change the next.” The tremendous need for adult education and serving an oftentimes marginalized community is an integral factor in Begin Anew’s existence.
Our mission statement “Begin Anew empowers individuals to overcome obstacles caused by poverty by providing education, mentoring, and resources,” encapsulates our belief that poverty is complex and requires a comprehensive approach. The knowledge that poverty is multi-generational is the impetus behind our vision statement: “teaching one generation to change the next.”
Begin Anew approaches program delivery through the framework of core values:
We believe everyone to deserves a chance to begin anew and walk a journey to a brighter future.
2 Corinthians 5:17 proclaims, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (ESV).
We seek to minister holistically to every individual by addressing economic, social, and spiritual poverty.
We address economic poverty through education opportunities, social poverty through mentoring and building community, and spiritual poverty by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.