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Please Enjoy our 2018 Newsletter

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Our 2018 Fall Newsletter is here!

Celebrating 15 years of the Power of Vision mural project


For more than a decade, art has been an important community building tool
in Hope’s place keeping and leadership development work. Within our Art,
Policy, and Power program, the Power of Vision (POV) mural project (est.
2004) has been a space for youth and adults to create murals that reflect
community, convey understanding and embody hope. The POV project
allows local emerging artists in our community to learn from mentors and
create public art reflective of their own vision of their community, while
building art skills, leadership, and relationships.


As Hope’s mission expands and our next chapter unfolds, the history of creating
Power Spaces remains a part of our core. POV exemplifies this by creating a
space for youth to explore arts in a new way—knowing they are at the center
and that their voices will be driving the narrative of the final mural—visible in
their own city. The POV project, like all our work, is part of our overall
strategy of Place Keeping—a development and engagement approach that
recognizes, amplifies, and leverages the stories, practices, and collective
assets already found within the neighborhood and the community.


Your investment in Hope is an investment in the power of community. Hope’s approach is to build on the existing power of community and to focus our work on what we hear from community. It is intentional, complex, and strategic and creates space where people can be part of a community where they can connect with others, learn together, and build the future they want to see.


We are grateful for your belief in, and generous support of our work.

Click Here to View Our 2018 Fall Newsletter (pdf)


Join our Team!

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Come work at Hope Community as our Youth Program Specialist!


Hope Community (Hope) is an innovative Community Development organization with a 41-year history in the Phillips Community of south Minneapolis. Our mission is to create connections that strengthen the power of community members and communities. Our work is grounded in principles of respect, connection, listening, learning, and co-creation.


We’re hiring a Youth Program Specialist. This position will focus on developing and leading the following programs:

  • Girls’ Empowerment Movement (GEMs)
  • College to Career Readiness Program for Girls (C2C)
  • Girls Empowerment Action Team (GEAT)

A successful candidate will work directly with youth and families to ensure programs fall within the applicable scope.

We are looking for an applicant with the following skills and dispositions:

  • self-motivated
  • experience in working with a diverse youth and family population.
  • creative and dedicated individual who will fit with our collaborative culture

If you enjoy working with other professionals who believe in youth and developing innovative youth and family engagement opportunities’, we encourage you to apply.



This position will be involved with the following:

  • Developing and supporting the vision and programming of GEMS Cohorts
  • Providing support for youth and family engagement programs
  • Provide digital/technology instruction for cohorts and Teen Tech Center youth
  • Recruitment of teen girls with an emphasis on African American and African Girls
  • Programming for the teens will take place bi-weekly (exact start date and time is TBD)
  • Identify potential grants to support the work and work with hope staff to submit grant proposals
  • Utilize action research model to co-design a plan of action
  • Lead a cohort of youth develop their technology skills utilizing the C2C pathways model
  • Commit to participation in the C2C Pathways professional development work group
  • Attend mandatory C2C coordinator training in Boston August 20-24 or December 3-7, 2018 (expenses paid)



Required Skills/Abilities

Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as to work as a member of a collaborative team – possess an entrepreneurial spirit

  • 1-2 years’ experience in teaching digital technology skills
  • 1-2 years’ experience utilizing culturally relevant approaches to youth and community engagement work for African American communities in particular
  • Experience developing curriculum and assisting youth with developing a plan of action
  • Experience managing programs and budgets
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Entry level research and data analysis skills
  • Ability to plan and manage time, information, and multiple priorities
  • Associates Degree or Higher in youth development or related field



  • Position is part time, 30 hours/week with potential for full time. Regular weekly schedule to be negotiated with Supervisor; occasional evenings and/or weekend days may be required
  • Salary dependent upon qualifications (Hope offers competitive wages in connection with experience)
  • Benefits package depending on part time or full-time status includes Medical and Dental coverage, FSA, Life and Long-term Disability insurance, and paid time off.


Hope Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To apply:

Send a cover letter, resume/cv and list of 3 references to:

Andrew Hopkins, Director of Youth and Family Engagement and

Dr. Brittany Lewis, Director of GEMs


Please Enjoy our 2017 Annual Report!

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Our 2017 Annual Report celebrates our 40 years of building power spaces, while highlighting what we have done and what we’ve learned about our work over time: it’s not what we do that makes us successful, it’s how we do it.


Click here to read or print our 2017 Annual Report

Thank you to our community of supporters. Together, we are building a stronger community, city & future. 


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Thank you,
Shannon Smith Jones

Here’s to Another 40 Years of Hope!

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What a day!


The Staff and Board of Hope Community are so appreciative to all who joined us on Saturday, May 19th, for our final 40th Anniversary Event!

Joined by over 150 of our community of residents, program participants, funders, donors and partners, we explored Hope’s Campus, 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.

During our 40th Anniversary Open House, we were honored to unveil our newest video in our #40Stories of Hope Campaign. This story embodies the legacy of Hope & our commitment to our community. If you missed the program, or just want to see the wonderful video again, you can find it below! A very special thank you to our friends at Line Break Media for producing this powerful piece.



Here’s to Another 40 Years of Hope!!