Linking community resources to Metro Nashville Public Schools to help young people achieve academic success and prepare for life.
PENCIL envisions a world where access and opportunities are equitable for all students to have a successful future.
Our work is guided by the needs of MNPS, is student centric, and is achieved through partnerships and tangible engagements. As the PENCIL team, we will be collaborative and transparent, act with integrity, and demonstrate kindness and gratitude.
PENCIL is a non-profit organization that builds strategic partnerships between community groups and the needs of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). We are one of the nation’s largest networks of businesses, universities, and faith-based organizations actively engaged in public schools. We believe community involvement is key to academic success for students.
PENCIL and PENCIL Partners are committed to meeting the needs of MNPS to ensure equitable access to education for all students, and since our founding in 1982, PENCIL has worked with private industry, city oﬃcials, and other nonproﬁts to achieve strategic goals for MNPS students through community partnerships. We address needs through a collective impact model that harnesses the time and talents of the business community and PENCIL Partners to offer invaluable access to mentoring, job shadows, and more. We are committed more than ever to see that all our students have access to these opportunities.
2020 – 2021 Impact Numbers
PENCIL has evolved the relationship between community and public schools. We’ve done so by bridging the gap between the community’s philanthropic intentions and the support each school needs to advance educational goals. With the help of donors and partners, PENCIL supports 168 schools and over 81,000 Metropolitan Nashville Public School students spanning over a 500 square-mile boundary.
2019 – 2020 MNPS Statistics