HoPe was founded by David Araya and Angela Hurtado, two young, passionate, and driven college students who found a unique and powerful way to serve their community. As Hispanic high school students, they experienced the stereotypes and difficulties many of our students are facing today. Having graduated from high school as undocumented students, David and Angela understood the real, yet not impossible, barriers that students faced to achieve a college education. On a cold and cloudy January day, at a Wendy's restaurant near their college, David and Angela sat together with nothing more than a yellow napkin, a black pen, and a revolutionary idea that would change the course of hundreds of students. They wrote "H.O.P.E." and filled it in with the "Hispanic Organization Promoting Education," and just like that, HoPe was born.
Going back to their alma mater in 2009, North Gwinnett High School became the home of the first ever HoPe Leadership Chapter serving 20 students in an after-school leadership and education program, unlike anything the community had ever seen. As word about HoPe quickly began to spread, the HoPe Leadership Chapters began to multiply across the community. 10 years later, HoPe serves 60 high schools across 21 school districts reaching over 3,500 official members. Hundreds of students have been trained in leadership development, tens of thousands hours of community service have been logged, and HoPe is graduating over 1,200 seniors on a yearly basis achieving a record-setting 100% graduation rate. HoPe is providing thousands of Hispanic high school students the platform to be leaders whose actions bring about real change in the community and equips them with resources and opportunities to apply for college, obtain scholarships and reach educational and professional success.
What began with an idea on a yellow napkin with a black pen has become an integral element of a Hispanic student's high school career. David and Angela, otherwise known as DNA among their students', continue to empower the lives of students daily through their never-ending commitment to the success of our members, and that fire the two shared has been ignited in hundreds of alumni and community members who now have joined the movement. HoPe is more than an organization, it is a family; the HoPe Family. We welcome students, parents, teachers, administrators, donors, supporters and the community at large to join us as we continue growing, expanding, and demonstrating the true potential of our Hispanic youth in America.
HoPe! Breathe it! Live it! Love it!