As 2017 comes to a close, we are so grateful for all that you have helped us accomplish here at Hope. Please enjoy our 2017 Year End Newsletter!
Our warmest wishes to you and yours as we celebrate this new year together. From all of us at Hope,
Our 2016 Annual Report lifts up what we have done and what we have learned about our work over time: it’s not what we do that makes us successful, it’s how we do it.
Thank you to our community of supporters. Together, we are building a stronger city.
Click here to read or print our 2016 Annual Report
Shannon Smith Jones
Come work at Hope Community as our Teen Tech Lead
Hope Community is seeking a creative and enthusiastic individual to oversee the new “Best Buy Teen Tech Center” (BBTTC). The BBTTC will be a space where youth ages 13-18 can access state of the art technology in order to work on projects that are meaningful to them. In this space youth will have opportunities to learn – and in some cases become certified in – skills such as graphic design, robotics, game design, music production, software development and more, preparing them for the job market of tomorrow.
Who should apply?
Anyone who has experience and is interested in working with a diverse group of teens and youth from the community in a creative and fun environment should apply. The organizational culture at Hope Community embraces, innovation, complexity, and multiple perspectives.
How to apply
To apply, review the job description below and send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org including:
- “BBTTC application” in the subject line
- Your name
- A phone number we can reach you at
- A statement on why you think you are the best fit for the position
Important: only e-mails with “BBTTC application” in the subject line will be considered.
The deadline for all applications is June 21st.
Best Buy Teen Tech Center Coordinator
Kids, Creativity, and Community
Hope Community seeks an individual to run an innovative program called The Best Buy Teen Tech Center. The Tech Center, established with the support of The Clubhouse Network, offers young people (ages 10 to 18) from inner-city neighborhoods the opportunity to work on projects they find meaningful to their lives, using computers and technology. The program provides support and resources for young people to pursue their interests and build upon their talents. In the Teen Tech Center, youth can design their own music, art, newsletters, robots, science simulations, computer games, and animation.
The Best Buy Teen Tech Center Coordinator position is a full-time job. Responsibilities include:
- Provide community outreach to involve a diverse group of young people, parents, teachers, and community leaders in the program.
- Help Teen Tech Center members develop projects (e.g., help them come up with ideas, gather materials, get started, locate mentors to work with them, and support their ongoing work).
- Recruit, train, and support volunteer mentors, ensuring they work effectively with youth.
- Work closely with the local Best Buy store to recruit Geek Squad Agents and Blue Shirt volunteers.
- Support youth in planning for the future, including pursuing academic and job opportunities that leverage their Teen Tech Center skills and experience.
- Provide basic computer maintenance, including file management, trouble-shooting, and technical support to Teen Tech Center youth and mentors.
- Provide administrative support for the Clubhouse program, including keeping records of participants and keeping the Tech Center space organized.
- Assist “parent” organization in fund-raising and publicity for the Best Buy Tech Center, communicating the Clubhouse learning philosophy, goals, and results to external sources.
- Participate in the The Clubhouse Network, attending Network meetings, sharing ideas and issues, and supporting collaborative projects across sites.
- Support other programs and activities of the “parent” organization with Teen Tech Center expertise and resources, as time permits.
- Leverage Best Buy National Partner relationships to expose members to skill development and media training.
Desired skills and experience:
- Proven track record working with youth, in particular young people from underserved neighborhoods;
- Work experience in an informal learning environment;
- Experience with computers and interest in technology as a creative and empowering tool;
- Demonstrated ability to reach out to youth, parents, educators, and community leaders;
- Interpersonal skills, including an ability to get along with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities and a talent for making people feel welcome and included;
- A passion for learning and helping others to learn;
- Excellent organizational skills.
If you had pictures taken at the “Share Your Hope Story” photo booth, you may view and download them here!
Dear Friends of Hope,
Wow – what a night. The Staff and Board of Hope Community are so appreciate to all of you who joined us last Thursday evening for our big celebration. Joined by over 250 of our friends and supporters, we shared stories, connected with some of the many people who have shaped Hope over the last 40 years, and built new relationships as we enter a new era.
There was a lot to celebrate:
- 40 years of building community and making a difference here at Franklin and Portland Avenues; particularly the vision and leadership of Char Madigan – who founded St. Joseph’s House and has helped move the organization throughout the years – and Deanna Abbott Foster – who boldly led the organization from shelter to community development.
- The work and legacy of Mary Keefe, whose leadership over the last 20+ years built an infrastructure and a reputation for the organization as community-connected and credible on organizing and equity.
- And of course the arrival of our new Executive Director, Shannon Smith Jones, who is the perfect leader to take the reins at Hope as we move into the next 40 years.
We were honored to have all four of our Executive Directors share the stage and also their reflections on the legacy of the organization in our new video. If you missed the program, or just want to see the wonderful video again, you can find it HERE. A big thank you to our friends at Line Break Media for producing this video.
Also, if you shared your Hope story with us through the photo booth, please check out the link to the photos at the top of this post.
As a reminder, we’ll have more to share between now and next March about the 40th Anniversary year, so be on the lookout. But our dear Char Madigan perhaps best summed up the organization’s history in the video when she said:
“We moved from charity to justice, from guests to leaders, and from crisis management to focused community development.”
Thanks again for being part of Hope Community!
Over the last 40 years, from our beginnings in St. Joseph’s House, your support has helped shape Hope Community into a treasured community asset.
Hope’s Board and Staff invite you to share in our excitement as we celebrate the beginning of Hope’s 40th Anniversary year, our remarkable achievement’s during Mary Keefe’s tenure, and our vision for the future as Shannon Jones begins her new role as Hope Community’s executive director.
As an additional way to celebrate the legacy of Hope’s many leaders across the last 40 years, we invite you to contribute to our new Founders’ Fund – a special fund to support Hope’s key initiatives and honor the tenure of Mary Keefe and Hope’s many “founders.”
Hope Community Legacy Event
Thursday, May 11th, 2017, 4:00-6:00 PM
Celebrating Hope’s 40th Anniversary and Executive Leadership Transition
Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Program Begins at 4:45 PM, Light Refreshments and Cash Bar