Corner to Corner co-creates economic participation and growth with underestimated Nashvillians through knowledge, tools, and networks. Our mission is to bring economic equity to our neighborhoods through two creative and proven programs: The Academy and Script to Screen.
Impact By The Numbers
Script to Screen
Script to Screen is our creative after-school program that helps kids fall in love with reading through their love of movies. Literacy is a key factor in predicting future economic outcomes (a kid’s economic future starts with literacy). A solid proficient reader earns $29k on average more than peers not reading at a proficient level.
In pilot data, our program boosted students’ confidence with reading. And 55% of our young creators grew a full grade level. In 2022, 143 students created 12 incredible new films!
kids served through Script to Screen
class hours for Script to Screen
of our young creators grew a full grade level in a pilot study
increase in income per year when kids grow reading proficiency
The Academy is our 10-week program that equips community members with the skills they need to plan, start, and grow their own small businesses to create a sustainable economic engine for their families and community. Since its inception, The Academy has graduated nearly 850 entrepreneurs, each in various stages of small business ownership, with 88% of our Academy community being made up of Black women.
Our second phase, The Academy Amplified, goes further than helping entrepreneurs launch their businesses; it helps them flourish as business owners. Through this program, Academy Alumni have access to additional educational resources (like public speaking or Shopify classes), one-on-one business mentorship opportunities, and The Academy Invested, our 1% interest rate loan program designed specifically for Academy Alumni.
In 2022 alone, our entrepreneurs were responsible for generating $21 million to put back into the neighborhood economy here in Nashville, according to SBA data.
In 2022 alone, Corner to Corner entrepreneurs put over $21M back into the local economy (according to SBA data)
entrepreneurs have graduated from The Academy since Fall 2016
new entrepreneurs graduated in Fall 2022 alone
instructional hours for The Academy
We transform the joy of creation into economic flourishing. Starting in middle school, by increasing knowledge-based learning through Script to Screen. And then again with Academy participants, engaging entrepreneurs at the earliest stage – some even before they have an idea!
2021 was a rough year for Jessica. On top of being locked down due to Covid-19 for the majority of 2021, Jessica was also struggling with mental health issues, fertility issues, and a ruptured Achilles. She was stuck in the house, going a little stir-crazy, when she remembered that she had purchased a candle-making kit…
King of Buttonz
Academy Alumna Turned Surprise Volunteer!
Love your neighbor as yourself through joyful action.
Corner to Corner has the secrets. A lot of the times we want to start a business and want it to be successful, but we don’t know how. We can read books and podcasts, but when it comes down to your break-even point, funding, business structures – these are secrets nobody tells you.”
Chiquita, Sweet Rubies
My experience from the day I signed up for class and up until this very moment has been life changing. I love that as a facilitator I have the opportunity to offer support and guidance to a new group of entrepreneurs! The most amazing part about being connected to The Academy is that Corner to Corner continues to invest in your growth, not only as an individual but as an entrepreneur and it’s done with so much love and grace!
Tiasha Nixon, Chosen Tops
I plan to make you guys proud! You guys came into my life and showed nothing but unconditional LOVE to me & my business.
Brittney Long-Coleman, K3 Lavish
I think the kids really enjoyed making this - it was awesome! I'm a parent from the Explore! community school - thank y'all for doing things like this for the kids.
Jessica Mitchell, Parent
Anyone and everyone who crosses paths with Corner to Corner walks away tremendously blessed and I’m thankful to be able to play a small role in that! So proud of all that we have been able to do and looking forward to what’s to come.
Johari Matthews, Board Member
I graduated from Corner to Corner in the Spring of 2019! And I’m still to this day reaping the benefits! If you’re wanting to start a business, or grow the business you already have. Sign up!
Tish Anderson, Extensions of You
This program is transforming entrepreneurs in Nashville, TN.
Writing by Design Media, Inc.
I came to one of their graduations. Then the next graduation was mine. Best 10-weeks ever! If you have an idea or even a business that’s running and you need help to succeed, then start with Corner to Corner!
Sherondia Sullivan, Therapeutic Solutions Mobile Massage
Y’all make God’s work look SO fun!
Don’t sleep on this program. It truly has changed my outlook on entrepreneurship (to focus on the grind, and not romanticize it). I had the honor of going through the program with Shana, and now she’s the Executive Director. Much deserved and she will definitely help take Corner to Corner to new heights! Congrats!
One of our students is a bit on the shy side at times. But as she worked through the program, our facilitators and her peers discovered that she loves to write and create stories in her spare time. And her fellow students actually voted to use her story idea for their film project!
Lesa Dowdy, Facilitator