2019 United Way Annual Report - Page 38



another 18-year-old to say ‘I recognize this
Most ITOP students bank about 40 hours of
kindness in you and your ability to make me
service learning each year at various community
think about the world in a different and bigger
nonprofits, and attend cultural and arts events
way,’ it’s beautiful.”
throughout Nashville.
Hannah says ITOP is a multi-layered approach
For Jaquelin’s parents, education was—and still
focused on empowerment, exposure, service
is—their top priority for Jaquelin and her siblings.
learning and culture. The students work on
They’ve made sacrifices so that Jaquelin could
empowerment programing in school once a
focus on her studies and take AP courses.
week where they share their different cultural
She’s working on scholarships and hopes to
identities and work to understand each other’s
attend either Lipscomb University or Trevecca
communities.
University and to major in psychology, with the
ultimate goal of becoming an educational or
“I think ITOP is important because it’s the only
clinical psychologist.
space where they’re getting to have these
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conversations where they can really explore their
“I really see her becoming someone who is the
identity,” Hannah says. “They know their identity
face of this movement to create a more equal
isn’t just tolerated; it’s celebrated. Then to
society, whether that’s in Nashville or nationally,”
have friends who share similar experiences. It’s
Hannah says. “Everything about her is just
beautiful to watch friendships develop between
so community-minded. I don’t see her
each other.”
slowing down.”
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