What is HAP?
- Harvard College Health Advocacy Program is a service organization founded in 2007. Our mission is to connect Boston youth and Harvard undergraduates with health education and wellness resources so that they may actively pursue a healthy lifestyle. To achieve this goal off-campus, HAP’s mentors work with elementary, middle, and high school students to teach hands-on health curricula covering topics such as nutrition, exercise, food advertising, and music and noise induced hearing damage in youth. On-campus, HAP promotes our mission by hosting health-themed study breaks, group exercise socials, and resourceful cooking seminars. We believe bringing together undergraduates passionate about healthy living will enable us to improve the health of the communities in which we live.
What is the time commitment?
- HAP’s “time commitment” is less like an obligation and more like a lifestyle/interest/hobby; you’ll find the people in HAP are genuinely interested in health so everyone decides their own hours. Active HAP members can devote anywhere from 1-7 hours/week, while members involved in specific initiatives devote only a few hours a month; you choose your initiatives so you decide your time commitment!
How do I get involved?
- If you’re a Harvard College student, join our email list at https://lists.hcs.harvard.edu/mailman/listinfo/healthadvocacyprogram AND send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org listing any initiatives you might be interested in joining (see the About page). It’s never too late to join!
Why should I join?
- HAP allows its members to make an impact in Boston and on campus, guide and teach young children, meet and work with dedicated and fun people, and add philanthropy and leadership experience to their resumés. As a smaller service organization on campus, we are able to provide all of our members with the ability to develop their own lesson plans, plan unique programs, seek out sponsorships and partnerships, and more.
Do I need to have any previous experience with children or health to get involved?
- No! The schools we work with provide brief training and have teachers in the classroom during our lessons. We also mentor one another throughout the year. If you are enthusiastic about our mission, you are more than qualified!