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Project HOPE

Hope | Opportunity | Preparation | Education

Project H.O.P.E. was initially designed to increase academic achievement and graduation rates of students who are experiencing difficulty attaining their high school diplomas. Since 2006, Project H.O.P.E. has graduated 40 students that are enrolled in college. Project H.O.P.E. is a school retention and college preparation program for high school students. Youth and young adults ages 14-20 can participate in weekly activities to support their goals to pursue a college education or career. Scholarships and other resources are available to youth who complete the program through an educational consortium consisting of local colleges and universities. Church and community leaders serve as mentors and class facilitators to empower youth and young adult achievement.


1. To provide access to higher education for youth and young adults from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

2. To offer high-quality programming and educational experiences to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, abilities and values necessary to compete in the workplace and the real world.

3. To recover and to reconnect young people with opportunities for building successful lives at work, in family and community.

Participants follow a four-component course schedule specifically designed for Project H.O.P.E. addressing the following: Life Skills, Personal Development, Education Preparation and Job Readiness.

Parents interested in registering should complete the above application and return it to CCDC. The program begins the second week of each new school year. Also persons interested in volunteering with Project HOPE should contact the program manager, Chris Watkins.

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