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. 


Eager to share Hope with your friends? Watch our video and share it with those you care about. Donate or become a monthly Sustainer today!

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!!

Our 2016 Annual Report is Here

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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


Eager to share Hope with your friends? Watch our video and share it with those you care about. Donate or become a monthly sustainer today!


Thank you,

Shannon Smith Jones

Hope is Hiring!

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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 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.


Job Opportunity:

 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.



Hope’s 40th Anniversary Event – View Your Photos

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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!