Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education

by H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People be Empowered)
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education

Throughout 2021, you made possible our success as an organization and elevated our programs to support Black single parents enrolled in college. Because of people like you who choose to invest in our community, together we've impacted 267 people's lives by providing rent and child care assistance, financial literacy training, and counseling services. And, for the 16 Black single parents currently enrolled in our program, your donations will help them reach their goals of earning a college degree, lifting them out of poverty, and reducing racial disparity in our community.

As we optimistically look forward to 2022, I invite you to remain on this journey with us. The traditional path to a college degree was not set up for single parents to succeed, especially Black single parents. But together, we will make a lasting, positive impact in the lives of Black single parents who have been marginalized, undermined, or unaccounted for as they try to change the trajectory of their lives. 

Wishing you good health and happiness in the New Year,

Kenita Smith, BBA, MBA, MA
H.O.P.E., Inc. Founder/CEO/President

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Tyronda and her son
Tyronda and her son

"Education is not a way to escape poverty, it is a way of fighting it.” - Julius Nyerere 

Your donations to H.O.P.E., Inc. continue to support black lives in Atlanta, as you help raise Black single parents out of poverty. The average participant income when they first enter our program is just $400 above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Nearly a third of all households in Metro Atlanta are headed by African-American single mothers with no college degree, and approximately 40% of these households live in poverty. Employment is perhaps the most obvious path to success, but single parents frequently struggle to find part-time jobs that pay enough to support their families. One of the best ways to fight inequality is by taking steps to guarantee economic mobility for black families and their children for generations. A way to get there is through education. American families, especially black families, are staying in poverty for many generations, with some scientists estimating that it takes as many as 10 to 15 generations for families to break free of it. 

However, because of your support, we are able to offer our H.O.P.E., Inc. single parents the resources they need to help them finish college, earn their degrees, and break the cycle of poverty. As a result, our graduates on average have increased their yearly income by 121%, pulling them out of the FPL. And this year, we are on track to graduate eight more!

One example of someone in our program breaking the cycle of poverty is, Tyronda. She is a single mom of a ten-year-old boy who is obtaining an Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene. Tyronda is the first in her family to graduate from college, and she will make all of us proud in January of next year. It would not have been possible without you!

We thank you for continuing on this journey with us and changing the lives of Black families in Atlanta.

Gratefully,

Kenita Smith
H.O.P.E., Inc. President / CEO / Founder


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Juneteenth
Juneteenth

Last month President Biden signed legislation making Juneteenth a federal holiday. While many people have long celebrated this day, the recognition brought by this legislation spurred many of you to donate to H.O.P.E., Inc. in honor of it. We have been surprised, amazed, and humbled by your generosity.

The efforts by some of you to organize your own Juneteenth fundraisers to support H.O.P.E. have really touched our hearts. We were particularly gobsmacked by the Juneteenth fundraisers organized by PK Global, an experience-engineering firm, and Jaime Camil, a leading actor, producer, and director. PK Global is matching employee donations made to H.O.P.E. through the end of July and Jaime Camil has donated to, and shared our project, with his millions of loyal fans. 

We want to thank them for actively observing Juneteenth by making an impact in our community, and for appreciating the work we do together to improve black lives. We are excited to have them join the numerous other donors who have already contributed to this project. In supporting H.O.P.E., you've helped our participants achieve an incredible 81% college graduation rate versus the national four-year graduation rate of just 33%. You've helped us provide financial literacy programs resulting in 80% of H.O.P.E. graduates having a savings account with an average balance of over $10,000. And, the commitment from our monthly donors has helped ensure that we can accept even more single parents into our program in 2022. You have certainly honored H.O.P.E. this past Juneteenth in the most amazing ways!

Thanks again to everyone who made H.O.P.E., Inc. a new part of their Juneteenth celebration tradition!

Best wishes,

Kenita Smith

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May 2021 Graduation Candidate, Nakeiste S.
May 2021 Graduation Candidate, Nakeiste S.

Hearts Across the Country are Lighting Up as They Donate to Supporting Black Lives in Atlanta!

Since H.O.P.E., Inc. first launched this project initiative last year, we have been humbled and overwhelmed by the response. Not only have supporters in the Atlanta area come forward to help their community, but we've also received gifts from individuals across the country who were new to H.O.P.E.'s mission. Tapley is a recent new H.O.P.E. donor who lives in New Hamshire.

"The increasing public awareness around the issue of systemic racism in this country has led to the realization that this exact sort of support is the... thing that Black Americans have less access to because of the financial (and other) boundaries put in the way... going back generations."

"I searched for racial justice-related causes on GlobalGiving, but the first several didn't really make me feel that spark of, 'Yes, this! It makes my heart light up to think of more people having this!' - until I got to the description of your Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education initiative. I got excited at being able to contribute to the goals you describe, even in a small way."   - Tapley T., New H.O.P.E. donor

Yours and Tapley's donations certainly made our hearts light up, too! Because of your commitment to providing educational opportunities for our single-parent college students, we had three graduates in January, and have two H.O.P.E. participants graduating this month, with another three more on track to earn their degrees by the end of 2021! A total of 8 graduates this year! We know that without your help, none of this would be possible.

We will continue to focus on supporting Black Lives in Atlanta through education and hope you will continue to join us in this mission.

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** WARNING! Explicit Language and Trigger Content**

 

Last week, our organization received two of the most degrading and appalling letters.

In our 11 years of serving the greater Atlanta community, we have never received racially-driven hate mail of any kind, so imagine how shocked, hurt, and angry we were when we read what was written (letters pictured).

I wanted to share these letters with you, not to encourage division, but to let our H.O.P.E family know that the support you've given our organization has ensured that our single parents, who are 95% African-American, can never be categorized as lazy, unemployed, and uneducated. You have given them the power to combat ignorance such as this, and incidents like these just fuel us and our drive to succeed in our mission.

We are currently working with the local police as well as the FBI to identify the perpetrator(s).

Thank you for all you do to give hope, and we pray that you allow your light to continue to shine in these seemingly challenging times.

 

Best regards,

 

Kenita Smith, BBA, MBA, MA
President/CEO & Founder
H.O.P.E, Inc. 

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