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  • Get your tickets for our Spring AWAKEning today!

  • We have passed 8 pieces of legislation in 5 years!

  • Artists for AWAKE is our annual art auction & our largest fundraiser!

It’s time to wake up.

Of the more than 6 million people who call Tennessee home, 52 percent are female and 23 percent are children under the age of 18—but they’re often underrepresented or not represented at all in today’s political and policy decisions. Women and children in Tennessee need a voice.

AWAKE advocates for the advancement of women and kids by effecting local and state policy through education, outreach, and research.  Our strategic approach fosters unique partnerships with organizations, communities & elected officials to ensure that the interests of the women and children in Tennessee are heard.

We are doers. Since 2014, we have educated 100s of Middle Tennessee students on healthy relationships and aspects of personal finance. We have also passed six pieces of legislation that directly help women and kids in Tennessee become healthier and safer.

Want to join us? Sign up for a committee. Donate. Get trained to teach & work with our students. Learn how to lobby with us & make appointments with your state legislators. Attend our events to learn what we've been up to. If you want to be involved, we always have an opportunity for you. 

  • 2019 Internships

    Call for Summer Interns

    Position Description: AWAKE summer interns are an integral part of our education and advocacy initiatives. Summer interns will conduct field research around focal policy issues, meet with various community leaders, help teach our educational classes and contribute ideas and insights. Applicants must be self motivated, passionate about our mission, and ready to help with any and all of our nonprofit's various activities and programs.

    Expectations: Interns will teach our curriculum to children in our community partners' summer programs. Interns will conduct both field research and traditional research regarding new policy and/or program initiatives as directed by the executive board. Interns will develop surveys and collect data for our initiatives. Interns are also expected to help plan and attend all major AWAKE events that occur during the internship period. 

    Undergraduates and Graduate students (including JD, Ph.D., and MA candidates) should apply. 

    Instructions to Apply

    The internship program will run from June 3-July 31. AWAKE plans to accept two interns for the 8 week period. Interns should expect to work between 20 and 30 hours each week. The positions are unpaid, but all materials and some gas and/or travel expenses will be covered. Interns are eligible to earn course credit as part of their work.

    Interns will need to secure their own transportation to and from work sites. 

    Interested applications should email a resume and cover letter to Yvette Hanshaw at info@awaketn.org. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 15, 2019. 

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  • Featured event

    2nd Annual Spring Awakening

    Please purchase your tickets TODAY to join the AWAKE team in celebrating our community's Change-Makers.  We will present awards in the areas of Education and Advocacy. These individuals will be recognized for their transformative work on behalf of women and kids in Tennessee.  Tickets will go fast!

    Sponsorship opportunities:

    Champion ($2,500)

    •  Introduction at Spring Awakening event
    •  Four (4) tickets to VIP Meet & Greet prior to event
    •  Six (6) tickets to Spring Awakening Event
    •  Name on program, invitations and social media announcements
    •  Two (2) tickets to VIP Meet & Greet and Artists for AWAKE event

    Stakeholder ($1,000)

    •  Two (2) tickets to VIP Meet & Greet prior to event
    •  Four (4) tickets to Spring Awakening Event
    •  Name on program, invitations and social media announcements
    •  Name announced during presentation

    Activist ($500)

    •  Two (2) tickets to VIP Meet & Greet prior to event
    •  Two (2) tickets to Spring Awakening Event
    •  Name on program and invitations and social media announcements
    •  Name announced during program

    Advocate ($150)

    •  Two (2) tickets to Spring Awakening Event

    Sponsorship levels can purchased below. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ashley at ashley.shults@gmail.com.

    WHEN
    April 30, 2019 at 5:30pm
    WHERE
    Waller Law
    511 Union St
    Suite 2700
    Nashville, TN 37219
    United States
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    $25.00 USD · 14 rsvps
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  • Featured post

    Mark your calendars for The Big Payback!

    It's almost that time of the year again when Tennesseans show how generous they are by supporting the work of hundreds of local nonprofits. For the third straight year, we are participating and would appreciate your donations on May 2. So throw those pennies in a jar and mark your calendars now to give to AWAKE for the The Big Payback! More information on The Big Payback: The Big Payback is a community-wide, 24-hour online giving challenge hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. This charitable event will help area nonprofits raise much-needed dollars and bring awareness to pressing needs in our community. In the past five years, The Big Payback has helped raise more than $12.5 million for more than 1,000 local nonprofits – including schools and religious institutions. Participating organizations have received gifts from 24,716 NEW donors they may have not otherwise reached. On Thursday, May 2nd, let’s show everyone just how generous Middle Tennessee residents are when we support each other. 
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    March 2018 "We Won't Back Down"

    “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." -Anne Bradstreet Spring is here (even if it doesn’t feel like it in Nashville right now)! February was a short month filled with countless lobbying meetings, phone calls, and email blasts; we also trained seven new teacher volunteers, and we laid the groundwork for a really wonderful and plentiful March.
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  • Featured post

    January 2018- We Needed all 31 Days This Month!

    Happy New Year, and happy (almost) 5th anniversary to us! This November we will celebrate our 5th year of making change while also (hopefully) celebrating the passage of new legislation and bringing our Healthy Relationships & Finances course to more students in Tennessee.  
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