New Americans Parent Ambassadors
The Parent Ambassadors program serves as a bridge between Metro Schools and Nashville's New American community. 25 volunteer Parent Ambassadors have been trained and paired with New American families new to Nashville schools who are from their same home country and/or speak their same native language.
As part of this free program, the Ambassadors provide families with information and guidance on navigating the school system. They also serve as advisers to Metro Schools, assisting school leaders on policies and practices that ease the transition into schools for new families and their students.
Parent Ambassadors is a collaborative effort between the Mayor’s Office and the Metro Schools Office of English Learners, and it grew, in part, out of the Mayor’s New Americans Advisory Council.
Parent leaders serving in the inaugural group of Parent Ambassadors come from 10 different countries and speak 9 different languages. The countries they represent include Burma, Congo, Egypt, Iraq, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Somalia and Sudan.
Over 15,000 students in Metro Schools - about 18% of the total student body - are enrolled in the programs for English Language Learners. They speak a total of 110 unique languages.
Learn more about the Parent Ambassador program (video).
To volunteer to serve as a Parent Ambassador, contact Ruben DePeña, EL Family and Community Liaison, MNPS Office of English Learners, at firstname.lastname@example.org.