Harvest Hands values children, youth, and families, and we believe that neighborhood revitalization begins with investing in the lives of kids. We believe in 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 out grown 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 after-school programs provide opportunities for students in grades K-8 to receive academic instruction in a fun and engaging way. Our program offers each student daily recreation time and choice of engaging in a specific sport, art, or cultural activity.
Students are able to learn through creative activities and games that are specifically designed for their grade level. Volunteer mentors serve as positive role models and assist the students on a daily basis.