John Hancock and Harvard College Marathon Challenge Support PBHA

/ Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 / Comments Off

For the past seven years, through John Hancock’s Non-Profit Bib Program, Harvard College students, faculty, and staff have run the Boston Marathon to raise money for charity. Since the 2006 Boston Marathon, Harvard College Marathon Challenge (HCMC) runners have raised over $250,000 for these charities. Most recently, as a result of funds raised during the 2012 Boston Marathon and coupled with matching donations from generous PBHA Alum Ken Aldrich, HCMC raised nearly $30,000 for the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA). PBHA uses these funds to directly support the work of the Summer Urban Program, a series of 12 summer camps that serves over 800 underprivileged youth in Cambridge and Boston.

HCMC was started by Dr. Craig Rodgers, a psychologist at the Harvard Bureau of Study Counsel and director of Harvard’s AAPEX program in sport psychology. In 2005, John Hancock and Dr. Rodgers partnered in an annual joint effort to raise money for PBHA through John Hancock’s Non-Profit Bib Program. This effort has made it possible for Harvard students to obtain slots in the Boston marathon while raising money for PBHA. In addition, through an informal and welcoming structure, HCMC supports its runners as they embark upon a unique journey to promote physical fitness; to build relationships among students, staff, and faculty at Harvard; and also to provide the much needed funds that support the work of PBHA’s Summer Urban Program.

Additionally, John Hancock provides much needed support to five of PBHA’s summer Junior Counselors (JCs). Junior Counselors are Boston and Cambridge youth, ages fifteen to eighteen, who often grew up in the communities served by our camps. They have demonstrated great leadership ability, and through our Junior Counselor program, they are provided with meaningful summer work experience; one-on-one mentoring with high-achieving college students; and training in college access and success, money management, and leadership. Through John Hancock’s MLK Summer Scholars program—the largest, most comprehensive, corporate summer jobs program in the United States— five of our JCs are provided a summer salary for their work and gain additional support through Friday workshops designed to prepare them for their future careers.

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