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Video: Community House's 40th anniversary


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For more than 40 years, Community House has provided opportunities for undergraduates to tutor and mentor local students from preschool through high school. Read more.


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Marjorie Young:
Community House is an organization that was founded back in 1969, and it was founded by

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a group of students who were very interested in making a difference in the local community.

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So -- if you can imagine a group of Princeton students back in '69 going into the community

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and actually living there and establishing relationships with parents and grandparents

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and children and actually going into the school system and meeting people -- so, it was really sort of

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a very nice sort of grassroots situation where people really made real connections with the

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people they worked with.

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So, that's something that Community House has retained. We are still very much in the

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community. We work with the local schools. We work with churches. We work with summer camp

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programs. So, we continue to have great relationships with the community partners, as well as the parents.

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But since '69 a lot of things have changed. So, in the beginning the students provided

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just basic tutoring help and some recreational activities. Now, we have a whole range of programs,

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ranging from our sustainability summer camp, we have science programs, we have engineering

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programs where kids are using Legos and building and thinking about the different aspects of engineering.

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People ask me the question, "How does Community House impact undergraduate students?" I've

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had a lot of students who started out in one career path, and then end up with Teach for

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America or our program here, the Program in Teacher Preparation, so all of a sudden you

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see this curve, because they're like, "Wow, this really matters to me, and I want to do

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something to make a difference."

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We have a Generation One Program, which is a high school program. This program started

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in 2000, and we have students who have graduated from the Gen One Program, and they're

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now in college. Now, I'm always cautious about saying that Community House is the reason,

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but we know that we have impacted them in their desire to go to school, either because

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we provided an SAT prep class or because we took them on college tours.

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We really are striving to impact the minority achievement gap in a very tangible way. It's

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the issue where minority students tend not to do as well in school as the majority population.

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And so at Community House, we really focus ourselves on thinking about what are the issues involved

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with this problem, how can we utilize Princeton resources, how can we utilize undergraduate

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students, alumni, community partners? How we can leverage all the resources to make

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a big difference and make a change in this problem?

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The minority achievement gap isn't going to be changed overnight, but it certainly will

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be changed one student at a time and that's our mission at Community House, is to make

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a difference one student at a time.

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