About the Program
The Native American High School Summer Program is a three-week summer program for high school students from participating Native communities. Students, teachers, and community representatives come to Harvard Medical School to learn about the science of substance abuse and addiction.
NAHSSP is a collaborative effort among four Native communities and a group at Harvard Medical School. Each group of students is accompanied by two teacher/chaperones from their home community; these adults live in the same residence hall as the students and attend all Program sessions. In this intensive three-week session, students attend lectures, participate in small-group, case-based learning sessions, do homework assignments, and present a final project demonstrating what they have learned and how it might be useful to their home communities. There are also extracurricular activities meant to enhance group cohesion and reward hard work.
Summer 2017 Dates are June 10-July 1, 2017.
Tribes participating: Fort Peck and Hopi
In this intensive three-week session, students attend lectures, participate in small-group, case-based learning sessions, do homework assignments, and present a final project demonstrating what they have learned and how it might be useful to their home communities. There are also extracurricular activities meant to enhance group cohesion and reward hard work.
An essential principle of the Program has been scrupulous respect for community jurisdiction. The communities select the students and teachers who will attend. They also determine the parietal rules for the students in their dormitories, within the constraints of university rules. The communities, in consultation with Program staff, have determined the subject area at the core of the academic program. The students' final projects are selected by the students and their community teachers/chaperones. This attitude of honoring the communities' authority has created an important degree of trust between Harvard Medical School and the Native communities; it has been seminal in the development of a collegial and productive partnership.
-To help students experience the joy of learning and the effectiveness of cooperative learning in small groups
-To provide Native students with a college-style course in a large urban university in order to make higher education feel more accessible
-To increase the number of Native high school students attending leading colleges and universities
-To provide professional development for community high school teachers in both biomedical science content and pedagogical methods
-To empower students to be change-agents in their home communities
-To increase students' knowledge of biomedical science, and to demonstrate the relevance of such knowledge to real-life problems
The entire third week of the program is devoted to the development and presentation, by the students, of individual and group projects. During the development phase Program faculty are available to answer questions and provide advise. Students will give their presentations to an invited audience in a medical school seminar room. Each community group will create a separate presentation that focuses on its own community. Students are encouraged to devise creative ways to present their knowledge in their home communities.
Housing, Travel and Program Funding
The Division of Medical Sciences will provide housing at a university dormitory, travel to and from the program, a small stipend*, food, and all educational material. Harvard Medical School is located in Boston, Massachusetts, easily accessible by public transportation to the downtown areas and to nearby Cambridge, home of Harvard's main campus.
*in most cases
Students in the Program live in single rooms in a university dormitory near Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. Chaperones and teachers will be staying on the same dormitory floor as the students. The dormitory is accessible via the Boston MBTA Red Line, as well as several bus lines and the Harvard M2 Shuttle between the Cambridge and Longwood campuses.
NAHSSP provides full financial support for the participating communities. The program is funded by the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Biogen Idec. Please contact us if you are interested in helping fund this program.
If you are a student Harvard Medical School or an affiliated graduate program, and would like to contribute to our cause, please contact Lisa Rossini at Lisa_Rossini@hms.harvard.edu. There are 2 levels of involvement: mentoring/tutoring and teaching.
This program is supported by funding from the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.