23 Nov Hope Graduates Worked to Get Out the Vote
Hope Partnership serves as a polling place for the Fairhill neighborhood in North Philadelphia. This year, our alumni were uniquely involved in the “Get Out the Vote” effort.
Hope’s graduate support program partnered with a local organization, Ones Up, to provide a fellowship for 10 graduates. The young people participating are members of the first ever Philadelphia Community Action Team, working with other teams across the nation addressing issues that affect underserved youth.
Since June, our graduates have met to learn about civic and community engagement and put these teachings into action. Leading up the election, our alumni successfully completed more than 40,000 phone calls and 30,000 text messages to community members around voter registration.
While Graduate Support normally would be full of students completing assignments – applying to college, bonding with old friends, giving middle schoolers advice, receiving mental health guidance, or undergoing the high school transition – this year has been so much more.
The relationships that have been built over the years with our graduates, their families, and our North Philadelphia community at large, have taught us all invaluable lessons. These lessons that cannot be taught in the classroom, but merely felt in the spirit. These lessons are centered around growth and on what it means to be successful. These lessons are around trauma, around love, around resilience, and of course, around what it means to be hopeful.
When I think about the vision of Hope that was created so many years ago, I think about how much Hope has grown. I think about how much Graduate Support has grown. I think about how much I have grown. I think about ho w much we all have grown.