Hand in Hand Mentor - About Hand in Hand & Mentor Responsibilities

Hand in Hand is a Hamline University student organization that pairs Hamline students with Hancock Elementary students through a mentoring program at Hancock Elementary School. Hand in Hand creates and fosters positive relationships between elementary students and members of Hamline University’s academic community. Not only does the program provide young students with the opportunity to have an older friend and experience a piece of university life, but university students are also provided with the opportunity to gain new perspectives on community involvement and life in general.

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.

Mentor Responsibilities

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.