Mission: Through social service and social action, the organization endeavors to meet community needs and promote social awareness and community involvement at harvard and beyond.
Programs: Summer programs - in addition to 5 or 6 of the term programs which continue throughout the summer, there are 11 day camps which run for 7 weeks in the summer in the same neighborhoods as term programs. For a very modest fee, the camps provide academic enrichment as well as recreational activities to over 800 low-income children. The camps also recruit junior counselors from the neighborhoods, many previous campers, who often go on to become senior counselors and directors of the camps.
term programs - there are 63 term programs meeting genuine community needs in a variety of areas: adult education, esl, mentoring, after school enrichment, elderly services, advocacy, arts, health and housing. These programs are conducted throughout cambridge, chinatown, dorchester, jamaica plain, mission hill, roxbury, south boston and the south end, fostering collaboration with individuals and organizations in these communities. At the same time, students gain invaluable experience in community involvement, often leading to public service as their career choice.
scholarship programs - the stride community service scholars program's mission is to support students of diverse economic and social backgrounds as they become leaders in their communities, both as undergraduates and beyond. To do this, the program provides reflection and skill development opportunities, mentorship, and financial assistance.
the organization sponsors ths robert coles lecture entitled "call to service" followed by the pbha alumni weekend featuring alumni panelists who work in public service.
I directed a small student-run community service organization while an undergraduate student at Harvard. The program was affiliated with PBHA, a tremendous professional service behemoth outside of the University itself (let them explain it -- I will no doubt misinform after all these years have passed) that provides tremendous resources for student-run community programs. Among the most basic and regularly utilized resources by my smaller org was the fact of participation on a board of all program directors. I had a lot to learn from my peers, many of whom were basically running fully operational nonprofs as students. Also, this sort of conglomeration is great for recruiting every year. Students who want to volunteer can shop the great variety of projects in progress.