House and Neighborhood Development
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Mission Statement
HAND is dedicated to involving Harvard students in public service projects in the Cambridge and Greater Boston Community. Inspired by the principle of neighborhood and motivated by the desire to be good neighbors, HAND volunteers work as partners with members of the community, in the Cambridge public schools, and in a wide range of other community service programs, to enrich and improve the city both call home. HAND provides a model for building public service into everyday life at Harvard and beyond.

Harvard upperclass students live in or are affiliated with one of the upperclass Houses. HAND connects students in a sub-community of Harvard (a House) with a neighborhood in Cambridge and develops long-term relationships at three levels

 First, HAND provides a framework for initiating one-on-one relationships between Harvard students and members of the community, a training program for guidance in building these relationships, and a support network which monitors progress and offers ongoing help through follow-up training and discussions.

 Second, HAND encourages the formation and maintenance of relationships at the house level by supporting the ties each has with its sister school and community. HAND connects volunteers in each House program with an extended family of resources represented by other House programs, the college, and HAND alumni. HAND ensures the flexibility of each House program and pairs student initiative with community need on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, HAND promotes continuity for each House program by maintaining communication with the sister community as one generation of volunteers graduate and the next arrives.

 Third, HAND seeks to reciprocate the hospitality of the Cambridge community. Cambridge is a wonderfully diverse and welcoming city that enriches the times spent at Harvard. HAND acts on behalf of students who see Cambridge as more than a backdrop to their college experience and who value participation in the Cambridge community.

 To effectively serve the Cambridge community, HAND consults with two advisory panels: the Community Advisory Panel (CAP), and the HAND Alumni Panel (HAP). CAP works with HAND to respond to Cambridge’s changing needs. HAP consists of HAND alumni who serve as a source of enthusiasm, experience, and insight.

 Through its work, HAND shares with the Harvard community its commitment to public service and the rewards of being a good neighbor. HAND provides a model for building public service into everyday life at Harvard and beyond.


 

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Training
HAND Tutor and Mentor volunteers attend training and orientation meetings designed for their specific programs.  All Program Coordinators receive additional training.  More experienced volunteers and HAND's network of advisors help teach new volunteers about Cambridge schools, children's needs and the importance of being a dependable partner when working with children.

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Tutors
HAND Tutors share their knowledge and love for learning with children of all ages.  They work with individuals and small groups of students during and after school hours.  Within the Learning Centers located at each school, tutors help in all subject areas.  HAND Tutors do more than help students find answers to homework problems--they try to build each child's self-confidence and problem-solving skills.
 
 
 
Dunster HAND’s Andrea Lee instructs her tutee of the limitlessness potential of computers.
Dunster HAND volunteer Keith Santiago shows his mentee that math can be tons of fun.
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Readers
Want to, Learn to, Love to Read!
In 1997 we were pleased to introduce the HAND Readers Program.  In Learning Centers and classrooms, as partners with school teachers and reading specialists, HAND Readers will work in response to America's Reading Challenge, providing special reading assistance for Cambridge children.  Work-study funding is available for HAND Readers.  Students should inquire.

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  Mentors
HAND Mentors commit to building a solid relationship with a Cambridge public school child.  Mentors spend time with their Mentees once a week for at least a year; many relationships last longer.  By sharing their personal experiences and by being available for a child on a regular and reliable basis, Mentors strive to be role models and friends.
Special Programs
Sports
Girl Scouts
Children's Hospital
Brownies
After-School
University Lutheran Shelter

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  One Shot Events
HAND One Shots are organized to involve all Harvard students who want to be involved in community service projects but are only able to participate occasionally.  Some HAND programs have built special traditions around One Shot events, including Mather's sandwich making and the Adams House Haunted House.
        Other One Shots Include:

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HAND-Wide Events

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Central Team
Judy Kokesh / Program Administrator  (495-3756)
jkokesh@fas.harvard.edu
Josh Gewolb/ Co-Chair
gewolb@fas.harvard.edu
Stephen Weinberg / Resource Chair
sweinber@fas.harvard.edu
Cathy Suarez/ Co-Chair
csuarez@fas.harvard.edu

To find out more, e-mail HAND or call the HAND office (495-3756) and ask for the student affiliated with your house or school!
Click on a house name to see the homepage associated with the individual house.
House School House Coordinator
Adams Graham Parks
Cabot Peabody Shakhi Majumdar
Currier Haggerty Robert Lindsey
Dunster Cambridgeport & Kennedy

Joe Johnson, Andrew Marcus

Eliot Fletcher Deon Falcon
Kirkland Morse Satyanand Satyanarayana
Leverett Longfellow
Lowell Harrington

Lisa Stutius, Julia Drisdell

Mather King & King Open Kim Collins
Pforzheimer Fitzgerald Mary Bridges
Quincy Maynard Melissa Johnson, Eli Kramer
Winthrop Tobin Melissa Morris
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Handy HAND Calendar

Sat., Sept 30

11am-2:00pm

Parlor, PBH

Mentor training

Especially for new mentors, but all are welcome. Strategies for building a lasting relationship with a child.  Mass. Mentoring Partnership staff will conduct the training.

Mon., Oct 2

7-8:00pm

Parlor, PBH

Work-Study Information Session

Find out about options for tutoring in the community.  Bring your forms from the SEO and fill them out together!  For work-study eligible students. 

Thurs., Oct 5

7-8:00pm

Parlor, PBH

Work-Study Information Session

Repeat of session on Oct 2

Wed., Oct 4

7-8:30pm

Parlor

HAND Tutor training

Strategies for helping children who are struggling.  We’ll talk about in-class tutoring, 1:1 tutoring, and tutoring in a homework center. Especially for new tutors.

Tues., Oct 10

7-9pm

Parlor, PBH

AmericaCounts training

Required for all HAND AmericaCounts tutors.  Focused on working with children in grades 3-5. Hands-on strategies and activities you can use to help kids with math.

Thurs., Oct 12

7-9pm

Parlor, PBH

AmericaReads

Especially for new Readers working with children in grades K-3.  Strategies and tips for helping young children learn to read and write. 

Sue Avdoian and Linda Rings from the Morse School

Sat., Oct 14

1-3pm

Parlor, PBH

AmericaReads

Especially for new Readers working with children in grades 4-6.  Strategies and activities for working with the older reader who is struggling.

Janet Roman, the Hernandez School

Tues. Oct 17

7-8:30pm

Parlor, PBH

HAND Tutor training

Repeat of Oct 4

Wed., Oct 18

7-8:30pm

Bettens

HAND Mentor training

Strategies for developing a lasting relationship with a child.  Repeat of Sept 30

Thurs., Oct 19

7-9pm

Parlor, PBH

AmericaCounts

Repeat of Oct 10

Mon., Oct 23

7-9pm

Parlor, PBH

AmericaReads

Especially for returning Readers working with children in grades K-3.

Sue Avdoian and Linda Rings


Thurs., Oct 26

7-9pm

Parlor, PBH

AmericaReads

Especially for returning Readers working with children in grades 4-6.

Janette Roman

Sat., Nov 4

2-3:00pm

Parlor, PBH

New Reader reflection

Required for all new Readers

Mon., Nov 6

7-9pm

Parlor, PBH

AmericaCounts  second training

Tues., Nov 7

7-8pm

Parlor, PBH

New Reader reflection

repeat of Nov 4.  Required for all new Readers

Tues., Nov 14

7-9pm

Parlor, PBH

AmericaCounts second training

repeat of Nov 6


HAND Board

The first Tuesday of the month in the House dining halls. 6-7:30 pm.  Location to be announced prior to each meeting.

Oct 12 , Cabot Dining Hall

      w/ Jim Ware

Dec 5, Feb 6, April 3, May 1

Tutor and Reader Coordinators

5-6 pm at PBH

Tues., Oct 10, Bettens Room

Tues., Dec 12

Mentor Coordinators

5-6 pm at PBH

Tues., Oct 17, Bettens Room

Thurs., Dec 1

One-Shots Coordinators

5-6 pm at PBH

Wed., Oct 11, Bettens Room

Thurs., Dec 7


Harvard HAND
House and Neighborhood Development Program
Phillips Brooks House, 3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
Fall 2000

 Last modified 10.11.00
Questions or comments about the HAND Website? Please e-mail Alex Berrio-Matamoros '02 at berrio@fas.harvard.edu.
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