Middle school students

New American Pathways

New American Pathways is an Atlanta based nonprofit with the mission of helping Refugees and Georgia Thrive.  

The Bright Futures After School Program serves sixth, seventh, and eighth graders Monday through Friday at Freedom Middle School in Stone Mountain. Students display varying levels of English proficiency. The program consists of a daily academic or character lesson, a snack, recreation time (usually outside), and homework help. 

The English at Home program is a home-centered program that provides English as a second language (ESL) tutoring and cultural mentorship and support to refugees and immigrants who are looking to improve their English fluency. Most refugees served are those who do not have access to other ESL services – the elderly, mothers of small children, those whose work schedules prevent them from being able to attend classes, and those who are homebound due to cultural expectations or with acute disability. This program is part of New American Pathways’ Forward Adult Education Program, which provides support to refugees and immigrants who are looking to improve their English fluency and grow in their careers. 

Site Work

After-school program: Monday-Friday, 3:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.; English at Home tutoring:1-2 hours/week to be scheduled based on tutor and mentee availability. 

For the  English at Home program, Candler students will be matched with clients based on their schedules and mutual availability.  Clients tend to be available in the morning, late afternoon, or evening, and tend to prefer weekdays.  Students will meet in-person with clients, usually in their homes, although virtual meetings can also be set-up for those who need it. Candler students will provide English language  development and cultural mentoring using curriculum provided by the English at Home program. 

For the Bright Futures after school program, Candler students will attend on designated days during the week for the duration of the program in the late afternoon to early evening. They will work as mentors, tutors, and recreation participants in games like badminton, volleyball, and, preeminently, soccer. 

All in-person work will require masks. A Covid-19 vaccine will be required of all tutors in the English at Home program serving in-person and may be required to serve in the After School program. 

Fall 2021 Reflection Group

Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. led by Dr. Winston Persaud.

Spring 2022 Integrative Seminar

Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Please note that there may be additional changes to the spring schedule as plans for spring semester develop. For Spring CEI Integrative Seminars, you can expect a schedule similar to the corresponding fall CEI Reflection Groups, conditions allowing

Pastoral Care Class

Students who enroll in New American Pathways will also enroll in Intro to Pastoral Care PC501 CE in the spring semester.

Faculty Academic Advisor

Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall will serve as the academic advisor for New American Pathways students.

Site Mission

New American Pathways is an Atlanta based nonprofit with the mission of Helping Refugees and Georgia Thrive. Our vision is for new Americans in metro Atlanta to become successful, contributing and welcomed members of Georgia’s communities. We fulfill our goals by offering the most comprehensive, fully integrated continuum of services targeted to meet the specific needs of refugees and other immigrants in Georgia. 

Our services support new Americans on their individual pathways from arrival through citizenship with programs that focus on four key milestones along the pathway – Safety & Stability, Self-Sufficiency, Success, and Service. Programs work in concert to guide new Americans on their individual pathways to long-term success.

About the Site

The small city of Clarkston, just six miles from the Emory campus, is home to thousands of refugees from around the world who have been displaced by war, famine, or ethnic/religious “cleansing." Students will experience a unique opportunity to interact with and impact this refugee community by involvement in an English literacy program for refugees and refugee families.

Additional Requirements & Accessibility

Students enrolled at New American Pathways will be required to complete an additional background check and volunteer orientation during the first week of the semester.


2300 Henderson Mill Rd. NE Suite 100
Atlanta, GA
Handicap Accessible: yes

Teaching Site Supervisor

Dr. Winston D.G. Persaud is a lead teacher with New American Pathways, working with refugee and immigrant adolescents in the Clarkston area.  He is a 2018 graduate from Emory's Graduate Division of Religion, completing his PhD in theological studies with a dissertation exploring the relationship between Christian thought and practice and contemporary capitalism.  Of Indo-Guyanese and white American descent, Winston has worked with indigenous students in rural Mexico teaching literacy and numeracy.  He and his wife Jamie have two children as well as serving as foster parents to a teenage boy. Prior to that they fostered a sibling pair  with whom they remain actively involved.