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It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving”
– Mother Teresa

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students enrolled

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  “The Nest Academy is a place where each child is accepted, known, and belongs.  Individuality, creativity, a celebration of culture, confidence, and dignity are promoted to ignite genuine learning and growth.”  

The Nest Academy Honor Code.

The Academy was started thirteen years ago by MC Hildreth in 2009 and began with just 5 girls in a small donated space near uptown Charlotte. The Academy now has 50 students enrolled. Students are from Vietnam, Uganda, Rwanda, Burma, Tanzania, Zambia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Argentina, Thailand, The Congo, Ethiopia, Mexico, Iraq, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Sudan and right here in East Charlotte.  We currently have 14 staff members and a large volunteer staff who are giving our students a great teacher/student ratio promoting accelerated learning. We are challenging our students to achieve the highest academic standards possible, so they can go on to be a positive influence in their communities.




Since the mid-1990’s approximately 17,000 refugees have been resettled in Charlotte, North Carolina. Many refugees leave behind more than their home when conflict forces them to flee they must also abandon their school. More than half of all refugees are aged under 18.

Becoming refugees at primary and secondary educations levels, kids face tremendous challenges in completing their education. Refugees who flee while pursuing education often will not find opportunities in camps to continue their studies. Naturally, this sets back learning, In the face of such difficulties, it is easy for once-ambitious kids to lose hope. 

At The Nest Academy we are actively filling in the educational & emotional gaps, we need your help to make our efforts go even further! You can help us educate & empower our students. Your support it crucial to our efforts to help our students become working and contributing adults in our community.  

 If you’re able, we’d love it if you could make a donation of to help us achieve our mission. 

Your donation will go towards the general operating cost of The Nest Academy.

Here are the ways you can make a donation:

Make a donation online, donate stock or send a check to

The Nest at The Simmons YMCA

6824 Democracy Drive

Charlotte, NC 28212


our location

6824 Democracy Dr.

Charlotte NC, 28212

Contact us

(304) 556-2345

[email protected]


school Hours

M-F: 7:45am – 2:30pm