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  • MyCity Academy

    MyCity Academy empowers New Americans to understand & participate in Nashville's government. More than thirty countries have been represented among participants so far.

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    Become a Parent Ambassador to mentor New American families on how to understand, navigate and succeed in the school system. Receive training and share your experience with other parents.

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Mayor's Office of New Americans

group shot of New Americans class with Mayor Megan BarryWithin the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement, the Mayor's Office of New Americans works to engage immigrants and empower them to participate in our government and our community.

The number of foreign-born residents in Nashville has more than doubled over the past decade. Nearly 12 percent of our population was born outside of the United States, and nearly half of those people are recent immigrants who entered the country since 2000. In fact, in 2012, Nashville had the fastest-growing immigrant population of any American city. Today, 30% of students enrolled in Metro Schools speak a language other than English at home.

Today Nashville is the proud home of the nation's largest Kurdish population, as well as growing enclaves of immigrants from Somalia, Burma, and all over the world. Mayor Barry believes that the diversity in our city enables a unique discussion where new ideas and approaches to solving problems can emerge and that the New American community in Nashville strengthens our economy and broadens our cultural horizons because we have created a warm and welcoming environment for all in our city.

Mayor Barry and the Metro Government have a number of initiatives to help ensure that immigrants and refugees have a chance to pursue a better life for themselves and their families.

Mayors Office of New Americans group photo

MyCity Academy is a free leadership-training program that empowers New Americans to understand and participate in Metro Government. Parent Ambassadors pairs New American parents who are veterans of Metro Schools with immigrant and refugee families whose children are newly enrolled. Pathway for New Americans is a partnership between Metro Government and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that supports immigrants in Nashville who aspire to become U.S. citizens. The Mayor's New Americans Advisory Council ensures that New American leaders have a voice in Metro Government.

Mayor Barry’s Office of New Americans is currently seeking a highly qualified individual to participate in a summer Fellowship opportunity. Please see our fellowship description for details on how to apply.

Staff Directory

Name
Lazón, Vanessa
Director of Community Inclusion, Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement