HOPE (Help Oakland Pupils Excel)

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What We Do 

We provide mentoring to a select group of students, starting in their middle school years and continuing through high school graduation. If a HOPE mentee meets specified grade and attendance requirements and satisfies other criteria through the end of high school, he or she receives up to $10,000 in scholarship funding for post-secondary education.  Rotarians selected as mentors are provided with training and coaching.

Meeting Times & Location 

2nd Tuesday of every OTHER month at noon in Oakland Rotary Conference Room, 1736 Franklin St., Suite 200. in 20017-18: July, September, November, January, March, May

Committee Contacts 

Chair
Michael Melone

Committee Blog

23 years of Helping Oakland Youth

On May 25th we celebrated 23 years of H.O.P.E. (Helping Oakland Pupils Excel) at Oakland Rotary #3.  In attendance were a few of our current and past youth and their mentors, all of whom began their mentoring relationships when the youth was in 6th or 7th grade. 

Who have been the mentors in your life?  Perhaps your mentors came from school, a family friend or relative, your parents, an adult in a youth program, a supervisor or colleague. Mentors have your best interest in mind, serve as role models, lend an ear when you need it most, and are your friend.  Consider becoming a H.O.P.E. mentor!  We will try to match you with a youth over the summer, or you can participate on the committee to help plan activities for the students and their mentors.

Orientation for prospective mentors takes place regularly through our partnership with Be a Mentor.  Learn more about how you can make a lasting difference in the life of a youth by contacting H.O.P.E. committee co-chairs Stephanie Casenza at scasenza@dowra.com or 619.985.2105 (cell) or Mike Melone michaelmelone.esq@gmail.com or 510.593.2240.