Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA)

Gene Corbin, Executive Director Phillips Brooks House, Harvard Yard, 617-495-8851

The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), the largest public service organization at Harvard, has been serving the Boston and Cambridge communities for over 100 years. Both a separate non-profit and a Harvard student organization, PBHA is governed by the student membership and supported by professional staff. More than 1,600 students actively volunteer in 79 programs encompassing after- and in-school programs; mentoring; adult education; elderly and teen programs; housing construction; and social and legal advocacy. The programs range in intensity and focus, but are mostly community-based and are committed to ongoing, continuous service, including year-round programming. During the summer, PBHA operates 12 intensive summer camps for children in the neighborhoods served during the term time. PBHA is strongly invested in a deep level of community partnership for direction, integrity of programming, and resource support.

Often referred to as "the best course at Harvard," PBHA is dedicated to student mentorship and learning. Numerous opportunities exist for students to get involved:

The Stride Rite Community Service Program, administered through PBHA, provides financial support to Federal Work-Study eligible students along with opportunities for professional and personal development. There are also numerous opportunities, such as the Big Question, through which students can discuss and learn about social justice issues. Additional reflection and training, based in peer sharing and best practices, are provided through the Cabinet, the student membership body.