The Hope Employment and Learning Academy offers a strengths-based education program in which students in grades K-12 receive academic supports, including homework assistance, remedial tutoring, enrichment activities, and college preparation. All students in grades 2-12 take the Gallup Strengths assessment, learn about each area of strength, and learn how to identify and develop their individual strengths. Learning activities are intentionally planned to build the 40 Developmental Assets, specifically in the areas of commitment to learning, empowerment, and personal identity. Staff communicates with students’ schools to provide additional support.
Youth, grades 10-12, are invited to apply to the two year Employability Academy program. This program prepares young people for successful employment. Participants receive academic support; job readiness, financial literacy, and healthy lifestyle choices training; small group mentoring and leadership development; seminars from community business leaders; and a weekly stipend. Youth who complete the Hope Employment and Learning Academy will graduate from high school, have the skills and ability to become successfully employed, have an educational and employment plan for the future and have a job placement outside of Hope.
Youth, grades 7-12, bring homework assignments to the academy and receive assistance from staff and volunteer tutors. They have the opportunity to work on resumes, ACT preparation materials, and college and scholarship applications. Youth earn the privilege of attending college visits – each fall and spring semester, local colleges within the metropolitan area, including Lincoln and Kearny are visited. Each summer, two out-of-state trips are made. These trips allow young people to build deeper relationships with peers and staff, explore college campuses, and imagine new options for their futures.
Children, grades K-6, experience a variety of educational and enrichment activities designed to keep students engaged in learning year-round. Students receive help with homework from school or meet in grade level small groups for reading, writing, math or computers. Remedial assistance is also available. The curriculum incorporates areas of academic need (reading/math) into enjoyable activities that build skills, develop talents and strengthen relationships among students and with staff. Activities are intentionally planned around the development of specific assets. Students have opportunities to put strengths into action through Sparks (sport/club activities) offered daily and through service learning experiences.