Hope Community School YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM

Goal

Mentors construct customized programs to emphasize each student’s uniqueness, abilities, and interests by assessing one’s needs and goals. Students may receive guidance until one’s goals are achieved.

Programs offered

  • One-to-one mentoring: Students meet with mentors regularly to discuss goals and challenges on a one-on-one basis
  • Support groups: Individuals with common goal are able to engage and learn various techniques through non-judgmental support and acceptance.
  • Support groups: Individuals with common goal are able to engage and learn various techniques through non-judgmental support and acceptance.
  • Educational seminars: Seminars on a wide range of issues helpful to parents, students, and families are offered throughout the year
  • Individual Counseling referral: Students and/or parents may receive individual counseling as needed
  • Volunteer Award Programs
    • Congressional Award
    • Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Congressional Award (CA)

The Congressional Award (CA) is a non-competitive award program that promotes and recognizes initiative, achievement, and service in America’s youth. Participants of the program endure more than 24 months and 900+ hours of time and effort to achieve a gold medal awarded by Congress. The award offers young people a unique opportunity to set and achieve challenging personal goals. HFCC provides mentoring services to youths who apply for the program.

Advisors meet youths one-on-one or in a group setting to discuss interests and goals of each individual. The advisor’s role is to help guide youths to challenge themselves and push boundaries, so that they may experience real-life challenges, build social skills, take on responsibilities, and develop better organization skills.

“The Congressional Award is an extremely rewarding experience because it teaches perseverance and flexibility. In the process of goal setting, my encountered obstacles forced me to think outside of the box. For example, I set my physical fitness goal to improving my golf game, but I found it difficult to find time to go practice. As a result, I brainstormed about viable ways to meet the fitness requirements and realized that I could work out at my local gym instead. I then spent a couple of days setting my specific goal and how I would achieve it. Changing my goal at the last minute made me realize that some things you just cannot be stubborn about. If one path is blocked, pave another one and use creativity to achieve your goal. The award has also taught me about time management because I have to juggle school along with all the activities required. Developing time management skills is imperative to being on task and getting everything done without sacrificing sleep or relaxation. The Congressional Award takes a lot of effort and time, so it is not something that one does on a whim. It has to be meticulously planned out, but I believe that it will be worth it in the end!”
Congressional Award participant

Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

The Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is an award presented on behalf of the President of the United States, honoring volunteerism of citizens ages 5 to 95. HFCC became a certified organization to present the Presidential Volunteer Service Award late November of last year. Since then, we have been able to recognize 11 teens and young adults for their outstanding volunteer service to the community. Many teens are forced into volunteering, especially to fulfill a certain number of hours for graduation. However, at HCS, teens meet one on one with a mentor to figure out the teen’s interests and career goals, so that they can find a volunteer opportunity that is not only meaningful but beneficial towards their future.

“When I was first forced into volunteering, I was 12 maybe 13. I remember waiting for the event to be over, so that I can go home; I didn’t want to be there. But as I reflect back, I realize I have changed since then. I’ve served at the same organization for 4 years now, but with a different perspective. I’ve witnessed the differences my comrades and I have made, bringing positive elements into the lives of others. Through serving and working with the same people, I’ve found joy in helping the community. Volunteering has helped to shape my dreams, my passions, my goals in life, and has developed me into the person I am today. I now look forward to early Saturday mornings, and I want to encourage everyone to take initiative, and make your community a better place, whether it is saving lives or helping an elderly cross the street.”
Presidential Volunteer Service Award participant

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