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Sahkeena Mkali

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.




  • Applications due: Wednesday October 20th, 2018 


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!!