Opportunities for leadership and systems change are woven throughout many ways to be involved. Hope has been engaged in systems change work from the beginning, working with community people to find ways to improve their lives and their neighborhood. In the mid-1990s when we shifted our mission away from direct service, we also evolved the way we approached systems change. We focused on the systems that affected residents’ daily lives—housing, libraries, parks and more. We started our SPEAC organizing and leadership training in 2006. Now systems change is creatively integrated across our work.
Broad community engagement is core to all of Hope Community’s work. Often community engagement is understood as processes that bring community input into strategy or planning. But Hope’s work is much broader and deeper. We engage diverse community members in a variety of opportunities, and we build community capacity and leadership at all levels of our work.
Engaging people in low-income neighborhoods is always challenging. People are busy taking care of their basic needs, and people are more isolated than in more affluent neighborhoods. We create many opportunities to work for equity and community change for just that reason. People connect around their interests, and then often get involved more deeply over time.
We engage people in:
Youth Learning and Leadership
Leadership development is at the core of all of Hope’s work with youth. We have created many ways for young people to engage around their interests while they gain confidence and learn how to build power.Explore
Strong, Healthy Community
At Hope, a thriving network of people are learning and taking action around food, health and active living. Our work is about health broadly and how our systems and environment connect to our daily lives.Explore