Hope Alumni Learn about Relationships

This fall, Hope Partnership graduates have been able to participate in a highly requested “relationships” workshop through a partnership with The Philadelphia Theatre Company and Women Against Abuse. Dating and Us: Exploring Relationships through Play is a weekly two-hour workshop that challenges participants to ask some of the tough questions we all explore as individuals: What does it mean to be in a safe relationship? What values are important to you? What does consent mean to you? Do you know how to establish boundaries? What will I look for in a partner? How do I handle conflict?

Through music, games, life experiences, role play, and dialogue, our graduates have been learning the ways to have healthy relationships; not only with their peers, but with parents, guardians, teachers, and their community.

Held in our Quint Center every Tuesday afternoon, graduates are learning the skills needed for communicating effectively and dealing with conflicts. They’ve created “partner poems,” acted out scenes of conflict with resolutions, discussed cheating, and have been keeping personal journals to document their experience.

It has become another safe space at Hope, and the room is often filled with laughter, new perspectives, and informative discussions. From their workshops, our graduates work together with other teens from the Philadelphia community to decide on the future topics of the program. Hope is grateful for the opportunity to pilot such a unique experience for our graduates, and we know that the skills they are learning today will most definitely serve them well in their futures.  

The Music of Hope

Many of you who are reading this attended our 11th Annual FriendRaiser. The evening was a grand success! One dimension of the celebration that we’re especially proud of is The Music of Hope. We have a wonderful middle school music program, supported by some very generous donors. Our students attend regular music class two days a week, but they also have the opportunity to learn an instrument, or in some cases, more than one instrument. Hope students play the violin, cello, double bass, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, and percussion. The picture of two of our seventh graders playing Ode to Joy definitely isn’t “worth a thousand words” since hearing them, accompanied by their teacher on the trombone, was a thrill for all of us. Our students will be guest musicians this Saturday at Raymour and Flanigan on Roosevelt Boulevard. Stop by between 2:30 and 4:30 to be treated to the music of Hope!

Hope on the National Stage

Hope Partnership’s middle school principal, Dr. Sharon DuPree, and our 5th and 6th grade social studies teacher, Mrs. Maureen Oblea, were invited to present at the annual American Association for Middle School Educators Conference. The event was held at the Philadelphia Convention Center from November 6th – 8th. The two shared some of Hope’s best practices in a workshop they facilitated entitled, “We are the World:  Teaching Middle School Students to Become Global Citizens.”  Activities included reviews of engaging video clips about timely issues and live story bits from participants that connect cultural knowledge to political issues.  Some highlights of Mrs. Oblea’s work include a partnership with Fairhill Cemetery, linking students to veterans, the annual “trunk weeks,” – which are facilitated by the African American History Museum – and an overall emphasis on the richness and goodness of every culture.  We’re excited to have the work of Hope professionals influence educators from across the nation!

FriendRaiser Auction Preview

We are less than one week away from our 11th Annual FriendRaiser!

As we countdown the final days and hours before the event, we wanted to share our silent and live auction items listed below with you. We look forward to auctioning these wonderful items off to you during the event. Happy auctioning!

Silent Auction Items:

Kusturiss Jewelers Diamond Heart Pendant

Kusturiss Jewelers-Share the love with this beautiful ladies diamond heart pendant. This 18k two toned gold necklace will make a beautiful addition to your jewelry collection.

“First Concerto” by Prince Monyo

The sculpture, 50 1/4″ is a standing boy with a violin in left hand, a bow in right hand. This beautiful artwork was donated by the Tabas Family. Prince Monyo’s bronze sculptures are displayed at numerous public facilities and buildings around the world and have been featured in magazines including international Art Guild and Architectural Digest.

Eagles Autographed Football & Helmet

This gift includes an autographed football hand-signed by Carson Wentz and an autographed mini helmet signed by Chris Long.

Lagos Signature Caviar Oval Rope Bracelet

A classic oval rope bracelet with sterling silver Caviar beading and a box clasp with logo crest designed by Lagos.

Customized Mailbox

Design your own customized mailbox ( black or white). A talented starving artist will customize your mailbox from a picture or another suggestion from you.

Additional Silent Auction Items:

W by Worth Retail Party – W by Worth is high end women’s clothing in sizes 00-14 and XS-L. A W by Worth stylist will give you and your friends on end fashion advice and coordinate some pieces that will transition from work to play and everything in between. A total personalized shopping experience either at your home or the stylists home, if you prefer.

Shop and earn free and discounted pieces and still pay it forward to Hope. W by Worth has “Giving is Always in Fashion” and a percentage of the sales will be donated to Hope.

Philadelphia Flyers Tickets – The Philadelphia Flyers will be hosting the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, January 20th at 1:00pm. This package includes 4 tickets in section 123, Row 14, Seats 3-6.

Gentleman’s Gift Basket – The man who treasures a good cigar will treasure this gift of premium hand rolled cigars. This basket also includes a bottle of vodka, a $350 Golf Voucher for Apple Cross and Modis golfing gear.

Academy of Music – This package includes four tickets in the parquet box for Waitress on February 14, 2018. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna. A waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start. Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Night at the Theater – Enjoy a night at the Academy of Music seeing the play, Something’s Rotten. This package includes four tickets in the parquet box on February 28, 2018. Set in the 90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!

Philadelphia 76ers – TRUST the PROCESS on Friday Jan 5, 2018 when the 76’ers take on the Detroit Pistons. Game time is 7:00pm. This package includes 2 Seats in section 106, Row H, Seats 3-4.

Live Auction Items:


Maison D’etre in Saint-Cirq Lapoie in Southwest France

Spend one week in Southwest France in the enchanting medieval artists’ village of St. Cirq Lapopie. Find yourself lost in the land of sunflowers, truffles, foie gras, and malbec wines in this charming four bedroom, 4.5 bath, 15th century home with a beautiful private garden.

Eagles Memorabilia

Calling all Philadelphia Eagles lovers! Showcase this 2017 Philadelphia Eagles team signed full size helmet. The perfect addition to your collection!

One Week Stay in Mount Snow, Vermont

Private home in Snow Vidda in a private home community. Enjoy this recently updated Home during any of the off seasons. Home available for Spring, Summer, or Fall of 2018. Mutually agreed upon dates.


Shore House in Ocean City, NJ

Enjoy listening to the ocean from this beautifully decorated condo on Central Avenue in Ocean City. This newly renovated beachfront property has four bedrooms and sleep eight. Private steps take you to the ocean. Your family will enjoy a full week at the beach.


2018 Phillies from a Suite

2018 Phillies from a Suite – Citizens Bank Park Phillies Suite with tickets for 16 including food and drink for a mutually agreeable date for the 2018 season.



Prepared at your home by S. Rose Martin, RSM; S. Margaret Taylor, RSM; S. Joanne Whitaker, RSM, S. Danielle Gagnon, RSM and S. Betty Scanlon, RSM


Philadelphia Eagles

Get ready to cheer on the Philadelphia Eagles as they host the Chicago Bears on Sunday, November 26th. This package includes four tickets and a free parking pass. Autographed photos signed by Fletcher Cox and Zach Ertz are also included.

Beginnings… Signaling Hope

It hardly seems possible that we’re starting our 5th year in our “new” building at 11th and Huntingdon! The start of the school year never ceases to offer reasons for Hope.

Anchor charts, placed strategically around the building, announce a new way of assisting our middle school students. In case you’re wondering what an “anchor chart” is, it’s a reminder about what is expected of students, e.g. detailing appropriate uniform dress, how to attend morning assembly, what to do with cell phones upon entering the building…Our teachers attended The Responsive Classroom, a summer professional development seminar, with other teachers from independent schools. The anchor chart was one of a host of strategies that the staff learned. The responsive classroom approach emphasizes the “strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning.”

Of course September and October are busy times for eighth grade high school visitations and applications. Already, Girard College, Mercy Career and Technical School and Cristo Rey High School have come to Hope to orient the 7th and 8th graders to what these three wonderful schools have to offer.

After school enrichment began this week and the variety for this first cycle of classes includes: Debate Club, Strings Ensemble, Art Portfolio, Backgammon, Blog Creating, and Ceramics – among other equally exciting topics. The challenge of providing outstanding education in the tradition of our Mercy and Holy Child founders fuels the spirit of Hope.

Welcome Howley Foundation

Nick and Lorie Howley and Meg Mitkus, the Executive Director of the Howley Foundation, visited Hope Partnership on September 15th. The Howley Foundation supports seven “Howley Scholars” from Hope Partnership Middle School. They’ve also supported one recent high school graduate, who just began his freshman year at Chestnut Hill, and two students who attend Little Flower and Roman Catholic. Dr. Sharon DuPree, Principal of Hope, Brittany Holiday, Director of Graduate Support, and S.Rose Martin, RSM, Executive Director, met with the three visitors. The conversation was wide ranging about the challenges of education, the absolute value of providing quality education that fosters competence, responsibility, and a focus on life-long learning and service. Nick Howley is the Chair of the National Board of Cristo Rey. Of course the highlight of the Howley visit was a tour with the Howley Scholars: Diwud, Yasir, Sincere, Raven, Corenne (Raheem, and Jordan – not pictured).

Come Celebrate with Hope!

Our annual FriendRaiser will take place on Friday evening, November 3rd, at the Springfield Country Club from 6 – 10 PM.  This is an opportunity to learn more about Hope, to meet some of the students, and to enjoy a memorable Friday evening with amazing people who are similarly committed to quality education for every child. If you haven’t received an invitation and want to attend, please contact apurcell@hope-partnership.org or call 215-232-5410, Ext. 103.  We are grateful to our sponsors to date, who include:  

  • NFP
  • Sisters of the Holy Child
  • Beneficial Bank
  • Burton & Mindy Cohen Foundation
  • Colonial Electric
  • Clark & Goshaw Financial Strategies Group
  • Independence Blue Cross

There is still time to join this illustrious group!


Hope Partnership for Education Hosts Community Day for Neighbors in Fair Hill

On Saturday July 22, 2017, Hope Partnership for Education hosted its neighbors with its 2nd Annual Community Day presented in partnership with the Fairhill PAL and sponsored by Wawa, Fresh Grocer, ShopRite and Wellshire Farms. This free event brought together members of the community to celebrate the talents of our neighborhood children and teens, and to highlight Hope’s programs.  The event featured a resource fair featuring local organizations and youth-focused programs.

Other goals for Community Day include raising visibility and clarifying the scope of services Hope offers to the Fair Hill neighborhood, as well as inviting neighbors to send their children to Hope’s middle school and apply themselves for the adult basic education and GED preparation programs.

The event also featured drumming by Music Over Matter, Information tables by APM, The Village of Arts and Humanities and Pathways, live entertainment and DJ, professional youth dancing, face painting, free hotdogs, drinks and water ice, and demonstrations by the Philadelphia Police Department, Fire Department, and SWAT Team

We were pleased to have Council President Darrell Clarke in attendance, as well as representatives from the offices of State Senator Shariff Street and State Representative W. Curtis Thomas.

AmeriHealth Caritas Volunteers Clean Up

Volunteers from AmeriHealth Caritas, based in Philadelphia, recently volunteered to clean up outdoor areas surrounding Hope Partnership for Education.

AmeriHealth Caritas is a national leader in managed care services, serving 17 states and the District of Columbia. The organization provides managed care solutions for populations most in need. These include Medicaid, Medicare, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) members. AmeriHealth Caritas also provides pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy services, and behavioral health solutions through PerformRx LLC, the company’s fully owned, full-service pharmacy benefits manager.

An enthusiastic group of PerformRx volunteers from Care Crew, AmeriHealth Caritas’ associate volunteer program, removed trash, dirt, and debris from the back of the school and took time to clean a vacant lot.

John C. Butts, Director, Marketing and Public Relations at PerformRx, helped lead volunteer efforts of painting, landscaping, and cleaning at Hope Partnership for Education.

“Our associates are committed to living the mission of AmeriHealth Caritas, where care is the heart of our work. Partnering with organizations like HOPE Partnership for Education is key to ensure we are bringing our mission in the communities where we live, work and pray,” Butts said.

The Care Crew was also joined by Andrew Maiorini and Patrick Gallagher, both Vice Presidents with PerformRx, who believe the best way to lead is by example.

Care Crew volunteers are a shining example of the power of corporate citizenship. They show how AmeriHealth Caritas volunteers take the networking, teambuilding, and leadership skills they develop and use them to make Philadelphia a better place to work, live, and play.

What started as a typical summer Wednesday in Philadelphia quickly became a very special day thanks to the commitment of Care Crew volunteers.

“We are so grateful to the Care Crew volunteers who came out,” said Sister Rose Martin, Executive Director, Hope Partnership for Education. “Without their support the completion of this project would not have been possible.”

Hope Honors the Graduating Class of 2017

Family, friends, staff, and alumnae gathered in the Hope Room on June 7 to honor Hope Partnership’s Class of 2017. Graduates marched to out to “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed by Hope’s very own Recorder Club, led by music teacher, Mrs. Lourdes Wenger. Dr. Sharon DuPree, the school principal, welcomed the community to the celebration, and Sister Rose Martin then gave an opening reflection, praying for blessings as the graduates continue onto high school and beyond.

After two students, Me’khi Stong and Nakeya Williams led the audience in the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Senior Communications Associate for PolicyLink, Alexis C. Stephens, took to the podium to speak to students about individual and community resiliency. Alexis has a passion for economic and social equity, and shared wisdom about bouncing back during challenging times. She concluded with a pledge taken by our graduates, “I am here today. I am resilient. I can do this again.”

The many academic awards were announced by both Dr. DuPree and the Hope Partnership teachers, followed by the announcement of scholarships and high school placement selections. One Hope student, Samiyah Beckham, received the Maguire Foundation Scholarship of $3,000 as well as the Hope Partnership Alumni Award of $2,000 towards her high school tuition in the fall. Samiyah was also awarded the Principal’s Award, recognized for her strength, perseverance, courage and grace in the face of tremendous personal challenges.

Representative Natalie Davis, from State Representative W. Curtis Thomas’s office, presented the State Representative Award for Academic Excellence and Contributions to School and Community to Tymair Yisréal Johnson. This award is offered to students from the 181st legislative district, illustrating the contributions of the surrounding community to the success of Hope’s students.

Hope Partnership’s Director of Graduate Support, Ms. Brittany Holiday, was also presented with a special recognition award for her passion, hard work, and dedication to the alumni students of Hope. Parent Leslie Barge, and Hope graduates Briana Barge, Dre’ana Williams, and Anaije Williams, presented the surprise award.

Sister Rose announced The Spirit of Hope Award would be given to retired teacher, and Hope Adult Education volunteer, Mrs. Ann McDevitt for all her support, and commitment to the mission of Hope Partnership. With the support of her organization, CC4C, Hope now has Smart Boards in every classroom.

Before receiving their diplomas, students Samiyah Beckham, Hamira Nixon, Deja Upshaw, and Class of 2017 Top Student, Tymair Yisréal Johnson, shared reflections entitled “We Persist.” During this time, the students reminisced on both personal and class memories from their time at Hope, and experiences in which they had to persist, and overcome obstacles.

After the final procession, students greeted family and friends for refreshments and cake. Food for the event was catered by StarFusion Restaurant, owned by 6th grade Grandparent of Sanaa Waters, Mr. Larry Moore.

Grandparent of 7th grader Yasir Williams, as well as alumni Ajiana and Anaije Williams, Ms. Delores Williams arranged all decorations, and provided graduates with their boutonnieres and corsages. The Class of 2017 graduation was truly a collaborative community effort.

Members of this graduating class were a part of the first 5th grade class to enter our new building in 2013. It has been such a pleasure to watch them grow and mature over the years. They are leaving Hope with a second family, and school community is excited to continue to support them as they continue their educational journey.

 Class of 2017 and their Selected High Schools
Miss Samiyah Nia Beckham
Mercy Vocational High School

Miss Kanika Christina Bumpas
Friere Charter High School

Mr. Zahir Hakeen Farlow
Mastery Charter School Simon Gratz

Mr. Nathaniel Curtis Montgomery, Jr.
The Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Technology, & Careers

Miss. Hamira Shari Nixon
Franklin Learning Center | Dance Program

Mr. Me’khi Ehron Strong
First Philadelphia Charter School

Miss. Shaiya A. Tyler
PET (Philadelphia Electrical & Technological High School)

Miss. Deja Sinaa Geneva Upshaw
TECH Friere Charter High School

Miss. Nakeya Monqiue Williams
The U School

Mr. Tymair Rasheem Yisréal
Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational High School | Carpentry Program

Scholarship Awards

Hope Partnership Top Student Plaque for Overall GPA

Mr. Tymair Rasheem Yisréal

Curtis Thomas State Representative Award
Recognizes academic excellence and contributions to school and community by students in the 181st legislative district

Mr. Tymair Rasheem Yisréal

Hope Graduate Support Scholarships
$2,000 towards their high school tuition with participation in the Graduate Support Program

Miss. Samiyah Nia Beckham