Organization overview

Nourishing Hands Inc. is a comprehensive life skills nonprofit organization founded in 2013. The organization serves youth ages 15-24 in Georgia. Through our virtual community and school-based mentoring services. We partner with families, schools and youth dwelling places in communities to deliver group and one-on-one mentoring sessions. Our program serves through four initiatives: Wellness, Education, Employment, and Financial Literacy.

The organization’s services are designed to meet the needs that exist between the school counselors, society, and our youth. Ensuring that every youth in Georgia has the opportunity to develop into productive and self-sustaining citizens and leaders of our future. According to the recent US census report (21% of teens live in poverty in Georgia, 40% of Georgia's teen are homeless, 4.7% of teens drop out of high school, 20% of teens 16-19 are unemployed), there is a large number of youth in Georgia who have either dropped out of high school, homeless, unemployed, and lack higher education (college). Our programs are designed to provide the necessary guidance and accountable support for redirecting them as they navigate this critical transitional phase of life. Nourishing Hands Inc. mission is to provide relevant resources, experiences, and opportunities to youth through mentoring; empowering them for future success. Since the inception of our organization we’ve served youth and their families on a smaller scale in various public school settings. The conviction to make a broader impact was birthed during our founder’s tenure as an educator within several school districts across Atlanta. Our founder witnessed extremely talented youth with undiscovered talents and no access to opportunities to develop further.

We are committed to our vision of developing leaders through a holistic approach of mentoring youth. That commitment is weaved through our holistic and non-traditional methodology to educational counseling, career training and job placement, financial literacy coaching, and the wellbeing of youth. In a recent publication of The Chronicles of Evidence-Based- Mentoring, Harvard professor, Dr. Jean E. Rhodes, article, Older and Wiser: New Ideas for Youth Mentoring in the 21st Century, she writes that most mentoring programs do not focus on what young people need. Organizations typically prioritize building emotional bonds between mentors and mentees. But research makes clear that effective programs emphasize the development of specific social, emotional, and intellectual skills. Our approach is unmatched because we strategically partner with young professionals, corporations, organizations, and elected officials who are as committed as we are, and willing to serve as mentors delivering content from expert experiences.

Another study conducted in 2015, found that 52 percent of mentored youth are less likely to skip school. Youth with mentors have increased likelihood of going to college, better attitudes toward school, increased social and emotional development, and improved self-esteem. In addition, we establish partnerships with other organizations with missions and practices that are aligned with ours to ensure our participants needs and concerns are fully addressed through network.

As an organization, we deliver programs that are proven, researched, and evidence based. Our programs are relevant and crucial in addressing the problem of racial inequality and equity, and social injustice for youth whose fate does not provide such resources and would otherwise be left without hope. We have committed ourselves to being the change agents of our time by ensuring that every youth in Georgia has access to the tools for success.

Our Vision

To narrow opportunity gaps for teens in Georgia’s communities.

Our Mission

To deliver relevant resources, experiences, and opportunities to teens through mentoring, empowering them for future success.

Meet Our Team

Our Board Member are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure Nourishing Hands has adequate resources to advance its mission

G. Eyiinahn Glay
Board Chair
Edwin S. Freeman
Board of Director

Arnold Joseph
Board of Director
Timothy Kephart
Board of Director
Brandi M. Samuel
Board of Director
Inez Kephart
Executive Secretary

Our Partners