We believe that neighborhood revitalization begins with investing in the lives of kids. We are working to raise up a generation of leaders from our neighborhood to make way for transformation in South Nashville.
then | Program background
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 constructive to do after school. In the unsupervised hours between school and parents returning home from work (3 - 6 PM), violent juvenile crime triples and children face the most danger of becoming victims of crime (via Afterschool Alliance). In response to this voiced concern for the youth of the neighborhood, 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 in South Nashville. It wasn't long before we outgrew that building and moved into a church down the road. We've been growing ever since.
Now | after school programs
Every day after school, 100 pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students flood the halls of Harvest Hands to receive help with homework, participate in extra-curricular activities, and interact with positive role models. Students enrolled in our after school program participate in age-appropriate lessons and activities related to language arts and literacy, math skill development, socio-emotional learning, leadership development, and spiritual formation. Volunteers and contract workers spend time with students teaching a variety of lessons, including music, engineering, poetry, gardening, science, and more.