New American Pathways 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 elementary schoolers from International Community School in Decatur Monday through Friday, Jolly Elementary School Monday through Thursday in Clarkston, and Freedom Middle School Monday through Friday 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

ICS after school program: 2:30pm-5:30pm Monday through Friday.

Jolly Elementary school after school program; 2:30-5:30 Monday through Thursday.

English at Home tutoring: 2-3 hours/week to be scheduled based on tutor and mentee availability. 

Elementary, Middle, or High School mentorships 2-3 hours/week to be scheduled based on mentor and mentee availability.

Students will work with the ICS, Jolly, and/or Freedom Middle School after school programs, which provide homework help, literacy support, and academic enrichment to refugee students. Based on interest and fit, students may be asked to mentor in the home or the wider community an elementary, middle, or high school alumnus of the after school programs.  Students may also work with the English at Home program, meeting once or twice a week with clients for English tutoring and cultural mentorship. Both of these programs provide an opportunity to build friendships and live into a ministry of accompaniment with new Americans in the Clarkston area. 

Fall 2023 Reflection Group

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

Spring 2024 Integrative Seminar

Friday, 10:00am-12:00pm 


Faculty Academic Advisor

Dr. Jonathan Strom 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.

Student Reflections

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 and Site Supervisor

Dr. Winston D.G. Persaud is a lead teacher with New American Pathways, working with refugee and immigrant children, adolescents, and families 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. He serves on both the board of ICS and the vestry of Immanuel Anglican Church in Oakhurst.