Meet Our Partner Organization: Hope Education
By Robin Boda, Education Director of Hope Education
Bridge of Hope Ministries is located in the heart of Greater Downtown St. Louis in an area known as The Ville neighborhood. Many in our community are struggling—in need of food, clothing, shelter, education and employment. Our purpose is to bridge those needs, bringing opportunities and resources, bringing hope.
Hope Education, a ministry of Bridge of Hope, exists to transform our community by nurturing, encouraging, and empowering students of all ages through personalized instruction and faith in Jesus Christ. Since education makes the most sense when integrated with real life activities, we provide opportunities for people of all ages to explore their interests and take their learning to the next level. We partner with PGA REACH through our after school sessions and one-on-one tutoring with elementary, middle and high school students.
Summer & Fall 2017
During the school year, we run after school programs with elementary and middle school students and in summer months, tutoring sessions continue for Hope Education students. We logged a total of 239 one on one academic hours this past summer. In addition to basic reading, writing, and math instruction, our elementary and middle school students were invited to participate in the first ever Ville Collaborative University – a summer day camp hosted by several organizations within the Ville Collaborative. Parents were thrilled that their kids had something worthwhile to do all day, and kids had a blast. Each morning started with Science and games in the garden. From there the students walked to Bridge of Hope for lunch provided by Operation Food Search. From Bridge of Hope, students walked to neighboring churches who had prepared crafts, more games, stories, and specialty activities. One of the weeks, Operation Food Search came to teach the kids about healthy meal prep. Another week Bike Works came to teach about bike repair and safety. At the end of that week, students each received a free bike. Every Friday students participated in different field trips including visits to Kemper Art Museum, the Forest Park Stables, the History Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, and the Butterfly House.
After school programs are back for the 2017/2018 school year and we are excited to continue to build on the relational foundations built with the students and to continue progress in reading, ACT prep and tech areas.
Follow Hope Education and its PGA REACH Programs HERE.