“I don’t think this neighborhood would be the same if there’s no Hope Community here. …it was shocking for me, you know, why build it for this neighborhood the way it is, but I start trusting them when build the second building and the third building and the things are changing. I said then, I can show you now and that is the reason I am here right now. Hope is giving us everything, tools we need, this neighborhood to be safe. They are pushing day after day.”
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. LIC’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.
Youth in the City (Youth ages 10-14)
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.
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.