The H.O.P.E Collaborative is fundraising for our Leadership Initiative Events benefitting local Houston high school students allowing them to access higher education(For more information about us, please see below or from our website at www.thehopecollaborative.org). Our events are free of charge. However, with the overwhelming cost for food and supplies, we need your help. We offer three types of workshops allowing them to gain access to higher education through the Story of Self, Strategy and Action, and Financial Aid. Our panel of volunteers are college students and professionals who are majoring and working in different industries. Upon completing our workshops, students are eligible to apply to our scholarship. Specifically, we will partner with many YMCA branches to host a leadership event on March 29, 2014 for local youths and their families. Past Leadership Initiatve Events include collaborative with Project Grad, Alief ISD, Sharpstown High School, Austin High School, and many more.
The money raised through this program will be used to assist many students througout the Houston area. We want to ensure that the youth around us grow to be the leaders of tomorrow.
In June 2011, a group of University of Houston students were selected to attend the intensive weeklong LLI program. The Leadership program featured classroom sessions on a range of leadership development topics, including self-awareness and core competencies such as public speaking, decision-making and negotiation. In addition, participants had an opportunity to network and build a community among themselves, and to interact with a range of leaders from the nonprofit, business, and government sectors. Participants of the program are required to complete a community service projects designed to intersect newly developed leadership skills with a community need.
Here enters The H.O.P.E Collaborative. Houstonians Organizing People for Education (HOPE) is the collaborative effort of 5 University of Houston students to enable and increase access to higher education among Hispanic and other minority Houston area high school students, with primary focus on juniors and seniors.
As minority students, the UH LLI cohort has experienced first-hand the difficulty in navigating the higher education pathway. From accessing information on the best schools to finding ways for college to become an economically viable option, there is a wide gap between available resources and those that need them most, resulting in a disparity of minorities attending college. As a result, many students consider a secondary education to be unattainable.
Our experience at Harvard University demonstrated the endless opportunities that are afforded when the pursuit of a higher education is a reality. We now feel a responsibility to position other students to take advantage of similar and even greater opportunities. Our desire is that the H.O.P.E Collaborative would change the struggling junior’s mind about dropping out of school or give the overwhelmed senior practical tips on writing the best college entrance essay. We believe to impact one is to impact many.