Nourishing Hands Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2013 and expanded its services in 2019. The organization serves youth ages 14-24 in Georgia by providing comprehensive life skills services through a holistic approach. We partner with families, schools, and youth dwelling places in the communities to deliver relevant and practical informational and educational services through mentoring. We meet the need for productive role models and mentors between the school districts, Juvenile Justice Systems, business entities, the communities, and youth. Nourishing Hands program provides an avenue for youth in Georgia to develop into productive citizens and leaders in their communities. We design our programs to provide the necessary guidance and accountability required for guiding and redirecting youth as they navigate the path to adulthood. We are committed to our vision, and that commitment drives our holistic and non-traditional curricular approach and interaction with our participants.

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, writes that most mentoring programs do not focus on young people. Organizations typically prioritize building emotional bonds between mentors and mentees. But research clarifies that effective programs emphasize the development of specific social, emotional, and intellectual skills. Our approach is unmatched because we deliver programs that are proven, researched, and evidence-based. Through strategic partnerships, we address the problems of inequality, inequity, and the lack of access to opportunities for youth, whose fate does not provide such resources and would otherwise be hopeless.