Through creating local positive economic opportunities, teaching money management and employment skills, and cultivating a culture of mentoring, we work to provide pathways out of poverty for the next generation.


Then | Program background

In 2008, Harvest Hands co-founders Brian and Courtney Hicks noticed a decline in high school students who wanted to participate in traditional after school programming. In an effort to encourage students to engage in mentoring opportunities, Brian and Courtney decided to create a small business and hire students to work there. A business plan was created, materials were purchased, and students were hired. Before they knew what a social enterprise was, they had successfully created one. Students gained access to local jobs, mentoring, and empowerment all at once. Humphreys Street Coffee & Soap was born.

Now | Humphreys Street

Our social enterprise employs 16 teens per year and generates revenue that is poured directly back into the community and the students we serve. When a local teen applies for and receives a job at Humphreys Street, they are trained in the art of roasting coffee and creating handcrafted body products and are given the opportunity to earn money in a neighborhood where few positive economic opportunities exist.

Humphreys Street employees also have the opportunity to tour colleges, learn about trade school options, and spend time with mentors who share about their education, career, and other life experiences. Additionally, students are provided with financial literacy training, access to resources to open checking and savings accounts, and opportunities to earn academic scholarships upon graduation.

In 2018, Humphreys Street opened its first brick and mortar coffee shop, which is expected to double the number of students Humphreys Street can employ by 2021. Visit the shop at 424 Humphreys Street, Nashville.

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Humphreys Street doesn’t hire students to roast coffee and make soap; we roast coffee and make soap to hire students.
— Brian Hicks, Founder & Executive Director