An initiative of the Hand in Hand program is to increase college awareness in the lives of the youth at Hancock. Hand in Hand buddies are able to conceptualize college life and connect K-12 academic choices with postsecondary access. Hamline buddies share their knowledge of college and discuss with their Hancock buddies future plans for life after high school.
In addition to their weekly buddy sessions, Hand in Hand mentors bring their Hancock buddy to visit Hamline’s campus for Large Group Events. At these events, Hancock students experience a piece of University life, playing large group games, eating food together, and discussing college.
Hamline mentors or “buddies” spend 45 minutes per week with their
Hancock buddy to help build their social skills and address college
access questions. Weekly buddy sessions consist of playing games, doing
art projects, getting to know each other, and talking about college.
Mentors are required to commit to participating in the program for at
least one semester but are encouraged to partake for the entire year.
The student organization leaders provide a training session at the
beginning of each semester for new Hamline Hand in Hand buddies.