Our Impact

Public Education Needs Community Involvement and Leadership

PENCIL is a non-profit organization that builds strategic partnerships between community groups and the needs of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS).

PENCIL and our PENCIL Partners are committed to meeting the needs of MNPS to ensure equitable access to education for all students. 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.

We believe community involvement is key to academic success for students.

Myra Taylor, Principal at Jones Paideia Elementary Magnet School

“PENCIL has a heart for kids. Their sole purpose is to make resources available for our students in our city to make education equitable for everybody. A lot of people talk the talk, but a lot of people don’t walk the walk. PENCIL does a good job of doing both, quite honestly.”

Together We Can Change Students’ Lives

2022 – 2023 Impact Numbers

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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 Metro Nashville Public School students spanning over a 500 square-mile boundary.