Hope Centers


Shared goal(s): Establish or Sustain community learning hubs/pods/academic-childcare collaborative, Support youth during out-of-school time activities


Oklahoma’s Governor Stitt announced that in August 2020, Community HOPE Centers would be funded through CARES monies to serve children and adults during the COVID-19 crisis. The centers provide mental health services, computers and iPads for distance learning, meals, and snacks. These centers are modeled after the Hope Theory.

Web site: http://www.okdhs.org/aboutus/comm/Pages/CHCEDP.aspx

Lead organization partners: OKDHS (Oklahoma Department of Human Services), The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa, Tulsa Dream Center, T.O.U.C.H. Tulsa, YMCA of Greater Tulsa, Pine Premier Childcare, The Opportunity Project

Kinds of organization: Advocacy/Intermediary Non-profit Organization, Community-based Non-profit Organization, Direct Service Non-profit Organization, Faith-based Non-profit Organization, Government Entity

Participant population: Parents/Caregivers/Guardians, Youth (Ages 14-17 or Grades 9-12), Youth (Ages 5-13 or Grades K-8)

Youth development support targetted: Childcare, Mental Health/Wellness/Mindfulness, Whole Child/Positive Youth Development

Primary funding source: Government Entity/Grant

Document: http://brightspots.forumfyi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/HopeCenterArticle.pdf


Timeframe: Fall 2020 (Academic Year), Winter 2020 (Academic Year)

Location: Oklahoma

Total capacity: Depending on site, from 75-140 students per day, total capacity across 7 sites is 525 .

Health and safety: Compliance with State/County/City guidance, Multiple hand washing/sanitizing stations, Physical distancing, limited water fountain access, increased sanitizing, masks required for all people over age 18, wellness screening at building entrance.

How do you address inequity? 

The initiative provides care for students whose parents need to work during the day, who are unable to take time off of work for childcare. It also provides free meals and technology for students.

Contact information: 

Jahaziel Hiriart


Common agenda: We are SUSTAINING this element.

Continuous communication: We are SUSTAINING this element.

Backbone support: We are SUSTAINING this element.

Mutually reinforcing activities: We are SUSTAINING this element.

Shared measurement: We are SUSTAINING this element.

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