“To begin, we were just little. We were temporary shelter—an oasis. Sanctuary for women and kids who were homeless. And, we had the space, and the goal was just to provide some safety and community for people who were pretty isolated. And it was pretty dark times for them. Some people assume that the problems of the inner city can be solved by getting rid of the inner city people. And we had learned before that the people weren’t the problem, the people were the solution.”
Hope Youth Leadership Programs
Our work with youth is at the center of building community for the future.
Girls’ Empowerment Project. Photo: Bruce Silcox
The voices of youth at Hope are making major contribution towards change in their community. Through regular youth activities we are nurturing leaders:
Learning in Community
A community literacy program for children ages 6-9 where children thrive and learn in a community environment. Learning in Community’s approach to developing literacy skills involves family and peer-based relationships, supporting children and parents to create and participate in home and community-based learning environments. Registrations at Hope Front Desk!
Youth in the City (Youth ages 6-14)
A mentorship program for adolescent youth with a focus on civic engagement action projects. Youth come to multi-week sessions throughout the year which focus on leadership, community, and acting effectively out of their talent and voice as they successfully accomplish projects together. Registrations at Hope Front Desk!
Power of Vision Mural Project
The Power of Vision Mural Project challenges Hope to think about art as a tool for leadership and community building in addition to strengthening artistic skills. Each mural is driven by a collective vision centered in community. Since 2004, Hope youth have worked across differences around the common goal of completing murals symbolizing community, understanding and hope.