On June 4, 2016, Begin Anew of Middle TN held its graduation ceremony at First Baptist Church Nashville with approximately 150 people attending. A total of 13 students graduated with seven earning their High School Equivalency (HSE) diplomas, five completing Computer/Job Skills training, and one completing Literacy. Four students were presented with scholarship awards allowing them to continue their education at college or a trade school.
In a speech given by graduate Ke’Asha Williams, she observed, “Having my diploma makes me feel like I have a step toward being more successful in life. It opened a door for me. I can go to college if I want. The job I have now requires a high school diploma, and I wouldn’t have this job without Begin Anew”.
Established 19 years ago, Begin Anew’s mission is to empower individuals to overcome obstacles caused by poverty by providing education, mentoring, and resources. Begin Anew offers HSE, Computer & Job Skills, Literacy and ESL classes in five locations throughout Davidson and Williamson counties.