Going to the Next Level

Carpenter's Square was founded on the legacy of Kyle Hutchison and his desire to help a group of young men succeed through spiritual mentoring, sportsmanship, and the hope of attending college and earning a degree. When Kyle passed away suddenly at age 33, a group of men stepped in to keep the dream of Kyle and "his boys" alive. Today we have hundreds of young people pass through the doors of the Kyle Hutchison Center at Carpenter's Square as they learn to play basketball, receive mentoring and spiritual guidance, and get on the path to earning a college degree.

Kyle's dream continues.

Scholarships, mentoring, and affordable housing are a big part of what we do at Carpenter's Square. Now we are going to the next level with the addition of Coach Jeremy Pope and his Next Level Skills Basketball Program at Carpenter's Square.  

Raised in Westerville, Ohio, Jeremy Pope moved to Nashville in 2014 after earning his bachelors degree in physical education from Goshen College and a masters degree in sports management from Lasell College. He was a three-sport varsity athlete in high school, but basketball was his love. After playing basketball for Goshen College for four years, he stuck around to do college admissions for athletes and urban students that were considering Goshen College. Through his love of education and basketball, Next Level Skills Basketball Academy was developed to prepare student athletes all around the Nashville area to be successful at the college level off and on the court.

The program provides on-the-court workouts, then uses college prep meetings, information packets, and intentional conversations to prepare student athletes and their families for the ups and downs of being a collegiate student athlete in order to earn a college degree. 

Jeremy works full-time with youth at the Franklin YMCA and then several afternoons a week he comes to Carpenter's Square to pour into the lives of 30 these first generation students.  As we work together in the lives of these students, Carpenter's Square will provide mentoring, spiritual formation, and assist with college readiness skills such as a FAFSA application day, mock interviews, scholarships, and business dress and etiquette workshops.

This partnership ensures that as we continue to grow, connect, and reach out to our community, that Kyle's legacy of love and service will also continue to grow, connect and reach the youth he cared for and loved so much.

Welcome to Carpenter's Square, Coach Jeremy Pope and Next Level Skills Basketball Academy!

Lisa Steele
Build. Believe. Belong

This summer at Carpenter's Square, we are in the building business. Home builders will tell you that a strong foundation is needed for a house to stay upright and able to hold the structure above it. A good and strong foundation is needed to keep a house standing against the demanding forces of nature. The same is true for building a strong foundation of truth for young people. As they grow in stature, they need that firm foundation.  As the difficulties of life are thrown at them, they need a strong foundation to keep them upright.

Our Foundations program at Carpenter's Square is every Wednesday from May 30-August 1 from 4-7:00 pm.  We are helping the youth in our community to build a solid structure of belief so that they can grow and be firm in their faith and belong to the body of Christ. Kindergarten-8th grade kids from the community are learning how Jesus cares for them, learning about other cultures, playing games, making crafts, eating dinner, and taking home a bag of food each week.

Why a bag of food? Over 8.4 million free meals are served to Metro Nashville school children during the school year.  During the summer months, only 280,000 are served. When we send home a bag of food each week we are helping families bridge that gap. When we teach kids about the love of God and how much they are loved, we are feeding them spiritually.  When we have guest speakers from different countries share with the kids, we are helping them to grow culturally. 

This summer we are building foundations. Want to help? Click here to volunteer. Help us serve our community as they build, believe, and belong.

Lisa Steele