Harvest Hands values children, youth, and families, and we believe that neighborhood revitalization begins with investing in the lives of kids. We believe in raising up a generation of leaders from our neighborhood to make way for transformation in South Nashville.
When we first started operating in 2007, we spent a lot of time getting to know our neighbors and asking what it was that the community needed. The consistent answer was that kids needed something to do after school. So, we gathered up our resources and started an after school program. That first year, there were 12 students, and we met in a 1,400 square foot house on Wingrove Avenue in Wedgewood Houston. Since then, we’ve outgrown three different spaces within Wedgewood Houston and Vine Hill and into a program of 60 students in the heart of the Napier community... and we are still growing.
Our elementary and middle school after school and summer programs provide a safe place for 100 students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade to receive homework help, benefit from leadership development, receive mentoring and access to positive role models, and engage in art, sports, and cultural activities. Students are able to learn through creative activities and games that are specifically designed for their grade level. Full time staff members, interns, and volunteer mentors serve as positive role models and create the stability, consistency, and structure that is lacking in many of our students’ lives.