Our spotlight this month goes to “HoPe – Hispanic Organization Promoting Education”. An incredible non-profit organization ran entirely by student volunteers.
I first learned about HoPe when they launched their GLOW Dance Contest last year. I became very interested in the work they do and their creative and engaging approach.
HoPe started in 2009 to motivate and empower Hispanic students to graduate high-school and attend college through leadership, education and community service. As we know, high school graduation rates for Hispanics in Georgia is around 60% (the lowest compared to their white and African-American peers)
The driving force for this organization is its 11 “HoPe Leadership Chapters” (HLC) serving approximately 1000 Hispanic students through programs, events and leadership workshops across Georgia.
Through these HLC’s; HoPe fulfills its mission by creating a sense of belonging, an environment conductive to learning and by developing activities, workshops and events in which all students can participate, share their experiences and motivate each other. During the events, HoPe volunteers also assist students with understanding and helping navigate the education system and find resources (financial assistance, mentoring programs, etc) available so they can continue their studies.
HoPe has ZERO paid staff and over 150 college student volunteers. Some of their accomplishments include:-Over 200 Hispanic students will graduate the HoPe Leadership Academy this May. -100% of all HLC officers have graduated from high school and attended college. -103 high school students have been trained to be HoPe Leadership Chapter Officers -Over $1M in scholarships and grants have been awarded to the Chapter officers who have graduated.
What are some of the short term future plans for HoPe?
-5 more Hope Leadership Chapters will be established in the 2014-2015 school year.
-Estimating over 1000 HoPe Leadership Chapter Members for the 2014-2015 school year.
-28 Leadership workshops @ HoPe Leadership Conference in March 2014
If you are interested in supporting this organization, please contact Angela Hurtado. She is a Co-Founder and Vice-President for the organization. She is also great at advocating and being a voice representing the needs of our students. You can see her in action here.
Interested in learning what are the requirements for a HoPe Leadership Chapter? Click Here.
Want to see more? Visit their website or their AWESOME Facebook page to learn the latest.
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