“What we’re doing here, we describe it sometimes as building power spaces and power places. The housing here is very impressive because it was an abandoned area, and there are very impressive, well designed buildings, but at the same time, we’re creating these power spaces where people can come together and help create the future of their neighborhoods. So it’s really the two of those things coming together that creates what Hope Community is.”
Youth in the City Mentoring and Leadership
we believe in the power of young people to shape their community in positive ways
Girls’ Empowerment Program/ Mask making with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. Photo: Bruce Silcox
Youth ages 10-14 work toward success and personal power through group hands-on opportunities that foster public leadership, relationship building, and responsibility.
We organize opportunities for youth in multi-week quarterly mentoring sessions with an emphasis on civic engagement action projects. Youth come together to develop leadership skills and learn to act effectively out of their talent and voice as they contribute to community.
Mentoring sessions are facilitated by guest artists.
Mentoring & Leadership Projects
Camp Readiness and Leadership Program
The 6-week Camp Readiness and Leadership program prepares between 35-40 youth for a 1-week overnight camp experience. Topics such as navigating issues of race (on the minds of many of the kids) and how to talk to camp counselors help ensure a positive experience. Camp scholarships are provided by Pohlad Family Foundation.
Girls’ Empowerment Movement
Through writing, music and performance young girls explore their opinions, values and beliefs in a positive way. The project is centered around four core themes: educational empowerment, critical thinking and awareness, developing bonds of sisterhood and civic engagement. For 8 weeks – one Saturday morning a week, local women artists facilitate a multi-disciplined arts curriculum that culminates in a community performance given by participants. Now registering for Fall 2013!
Hope Youth Garden Group
The Hope Youth Garden Group is a group of rambunctious elementary aged kids. We garden and play games in the summer time, and compost and learn gardening skills in the winter. Before the ground is ready, winter classes continue on Saturdays .
Youth in the City Job Readiness/Wealth Creation
This is a six-week program that gives youth ages 14-15 skills to support them in their job search with a focus on leadership and career development. Youth in the City Job Readiness is designed with the City of Minneaplis STEP UP summer youth job program. This program is offered January – February 2014.
Contact Dhop, Organizer/Family Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (612) 435-1673 for information about Youth in the City programs. All programs are free.