Please Join us in Welcoming our Newest Team Members!

Over the last few months, we’ve welcomed three new AmeriCorps members to the Hands On Nashville team! Charlotte, Nicholas, and Ashleigh will all play leading roles in supporting Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC), which offers year-round service-learning opportunities to inspire and empower youth ages 11 to 18 to create meaningful community change.

Please join us in welcoming them!


Charlotte Pate, YVC Urban Agriculture AmeriCorps Member
“I serve because everyone deserves good food.” – Charlotte Pate,
YVC Urban Agriculture AmeriCorps Member

Charlotte Pate
YVC Urban Agriculture AmeriCorps Member

Charlotte is excited to join the HON team as the YVC Urban Agriculture AmeriCorps Member. A graduate of UNC Asheville, Charlotte served her first AmeriCorps term in the mountains of Western North Carolina working for a farm-to-table program. She loves getting her hands in the dirt, strange-looking vegetables, and bad puns! She is excited to be lending her skills to the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm.

Fun Facts:

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?
A: Ability to control plant growth with the touch of my hand.

Q: What’s your favorite hobby and why do you love it?
A: Baking. I love making things for people to enjoy, and it is really meditative.


Nicolas Weaver, YVC Special Events AmeriCorps Member
“I serve because I deeply care for others.” – Nicolas Weaver, YVC Special Events AmeriCorps Member

Nicholas Weaver
YVC Special Events AmeriCorps Member

Nicholas Weaver joins us as the YVC Special Events AmeriCorps Member and is very excited about all of the great service projects he will be leading this fall. Nicholas recently graduated from Tennessee State University, with his Bachelors in Sociology and minor in NonProfit Management and Leadership. He loves nature, working with at-risk youth, and learning about new cultures and meeting new people. Nicholas one day hopes to operate his own nonprofit geared towards aiding people who are homeless.

Fun Facts:

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?
A: The power of controlling weather, because then I could technically have many powers.

Q: If you could be any cartoon character, which one would you be and why?
A: Samurai Jack. He was just so level-headed and cool.


Ashleigh Barker YVC Outreach AmeriCorps Member
“I serve because it increases empathy.” – Ashleigh Barker
YVC Outreach AmeriCorps Member

Ashleigh Barker
YVC Outreach AmeriCorps Member

Ashleigh Barker is HON’s new YVC Outreach AmeriCorps Member. She was born and raised in Nashville, and recently graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a degree in Psychology. Ashleigh has always loved volunteering and trying new things and is excited about reaching out to youth to share the many benefits of service-learning!

Fun Facts:

Q: If you could only listen to one album forever, which one would it be?
A: Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions” puts me in a happy mood.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in Nashville?
A: Going to Titans games is always fun, and the fans make the experience funny and enjoyable whether we win or lose.

If you are a high school teacher, parent, or youth leader and would like more information about the Youth Volunteer Corps program or are interested in having someone from YVC speak to your group about youth service opportunities, please call (615) 298-1108 ext. 416 or email Ashleigh@hon.org.

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