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Who We Are

  • Organizing and presenting Teaching Kitchens and Health Engagement Workshops on various topics for hundreds of low-income adults and youth at community centers and senior living towers.
  • Improving children’s physical fitness, academic performance, and emotional well-being with afterschool programs that include homework help, physical activities, nutrition lessons, and enrichment activities.
  • A tutoring program for children aged 6 to 14 years in South Nashville, where immigrant and refugee populations are particularly high.

What We Do

Founded in 2006, Communities And Students Together for Learning-Enhanced Service (CASTLES), educates and equips college students, community stakeholders, and neighborhood partners with the knowledge, skills, and experience to improve the health and wellness of underserved or marginalized communities in Davidson County, Tennessee. CASTLES achieves this by working with three primary groups of partners:

  • Community: Partnering with established community agencies to bridge and leverage the resources of the community with those of our partner academic organizations
  • Research & Evaluation: Implementing replicable models with evidence-based curriculum
  • Student: Involving undergraduate and graduate students in community-engaged program evaluation, research, organizational capacity building, and implementation of pilot community initiatives


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