"Harvard alumni have great skills, talents, and personal connections that other groups may all too often lack. This is an opportunity to team up with local alumni and global and local causes to accomplish what may otherwise not be possible or imaginable."
-Dick Soo Hoo AB '72, Harvard Club of the Merrimack Valley
The Harvard Alumni Association has a historic tradition of public service. Today the alumni community continues that long-standing commitment.
The Early College Awareness (ECA) Program was established to provide Clubs, Shared Interest Groups (SIGS), Reunion Classes and other Alumni organizations with a meaningful and easily doable community/public service program with a goal of increasing college awareness and preparedness for middle school and high school students in schools and communities that are underserved and need of inspiration, information and guidance.
The ECA program provides hope to those who don’t think college is an option. Beyond motivation, the program provides students and their families with realistic approaches, sources of support, and tools for a successful preparation toward higher education.
Below please find the toolkit guide for the development and implementation of the ECA program. ECA will provide Clubs, Shared Interest Groups (SIGS), Reunion Classes and other Alumni organizations and groups with an important public service opportunity.
The toolkit presents several ECA models and provides resources and easy to use tools to organize and launch an ECA Program. The Toolkit contains templates, suggestions, sample communications, power points, contacts and ideas. We hope that your Club, SIG, Class or organization will consider creating an ECA Program. It can increase alumni engagement while helping inspire and motivate underserved students to pursue a college education.
Below please find the toolkit guide for the development and implementation of “Harvard Alumni and Non-Profits Recruitment and Engagement Fairs.” These Fairs would provide a meeting place at an event hosted by Harvard Clubs, SIGs, or other Harvard alumni organizations for Non-Profits and local Harvard alumni. The objective is to match the alumni with Non-Profits for service as Board Members, Volunteers, Donors or other roles.
The Toolkit lays out what a Club or SIG would need to do to organize and implement a Non-Profit Recruitment Fair. The Club or SIG would have to set up an organizing committee dedicated to producing the Fair and then the committee would have to be responsible for producing a good event.
The Toolkit contains templates, suggestions, sample communications, contacts and ideas. We hope that your Club or SIG will consider creating a local Fair and that it will lead to positive results for your local alumni, non-profits and community.
Prize Books are presented annually in more than 1,900 high schools around the world to outstanding students in the next-to-graduating class who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and achievement in other nonacademic areas. The award is often given at the school’s graduating exercises, with appropriate remarks by a local alumnus/a.
Harvard Alumni Clubs and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) have the opportunity to provide a fellowship to a Harvard undergraduate working with a nonprofit host organization in their local community or area. Participating Clubs and SIGs find the program to be an exciting and creative way both to support Harvard’s students and contribute to their home communities.
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Stories about alumni service:
Kahn has devoted countless hours helping Harvard Clubs and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) to implement the HAA's Early College Awareness (ECA) program, which brings Harvard alumni to middle and high schools in underserved communities to make the case to students that college is within their reach—and that it is worth reaching for.
Global Month of Service event co-chairs Liz Ryan AB ’81 and Marilyn Holifield JD ’72 aren’t surprised at the program’s success. “Talking to classmates through the years,” says Ryan, “I’ve been impressed by how much they seem to care about others.”
Volunteerism—not whether, but how best to give back—was at the forefront of the “Alumni Think Big—Big Public Service Ideas” conference session, as eight Harvard graduates and one visiting practitioner presented their “Big Ideas That Will Change the World” at a Wintersession forum in the Science Center.
The Harvard Clubs Summer Community Service Fellowship program enables undergraduates to perform public service across the country. Read about Annika's experience!
As with most Harvard students, bonding with classmates started right out of the gate for Arthur Karell AB ’01.
Lindsay Hyde AB ’04 was able to launch Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) while she was a student with a Stride Rite Fellowship from Harvard College.
The Harvard Clubs Summer Community Service Fellowship (SCSF) program enables Harvard undergraduates to perform public service in communities across the country. Read about Amanda's experience.
“Drop all that textbook stuff now and become a person.” These words were spoken by one of my mentors, Raul, and were the first things I heard upon entering the Mental Health Department of North Hudson Community Action Corporation. To a great extent, this statement succinctly describes my transformation this summer.
Anita Joseph AB '12 spends her summer in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro studying public health facilities in Tanzania.
Katie Dahlinghaus AB ’12 works with Troy Community Works to evaluate how the number of renters in a neighborhood affects community development.