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Hope For Kids

Hope For Kids is being established to provide mentoring for under privileged and at-risk middle and high school youth in Liberia.

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What problem does your innovation solve?

. HFK will provide a wide-range of After-School and vacation programs that will focus on three key critical outcomes: Academic Success, Healthy Life Style, Good Character and Citizenship. Over time, Hope For Kids (HFK) will create a learning environment that will be an invaluable resource to young people, aspiring mentors and community at large. The problem face in the region (Liberia) where we’re trying to introduce this method of education improvement, is corruption by government officials.

Explain your innovation.

Hope For Kids is a program that is in direct response to the growing number of young people that are either falling through the cracks at schools, in society or are already entangled with the Juvenile System due to high poverty rate. The program is positioned to be most assessable to young people who otherwise would be swept away by bad environment and poverty at large. Hope for kids has a number of market focuses that are key to the program success.  Youth who are overcoming stressors in the lives, such as poverty, discrimination, abusive situation, addictions, unstable homes and academic life, are the primary marketing focus of HFK. Mentoring programs foster positive changes through goal setting, self-discipline, skill development and friendship.  Families are also the marketing focus when adult mentors are able to help youth work on solutions for their family stresses and provide an objective but caring sounding board. As a result many youth and their families report improve relationship at home.  Ultimately, Hope For Kids is marketed to Liberia as a critical Social Support system to young people. Hope For Kids impacts how many other city services will be called in to respond to destructive behavior in the community. The target market for HFK are young people age 6 to 18 that have developed destructive habits that will lead down a path of hopelessness as the result of poverty. There are a few focus point for the successful implementation of Hope For Kids Program

Who benefits?

The target market for HFK are young people age 6 to 18 that have developed destructive habits that will lead down a path of hopelessness as the result of poverty. There are a few focus point for the successful implementation of Hope For Kids Program:  First is the creating of a network of contacts with the school and juvenile systems.  Second is the recruiting and training of mentors.  Third is the developing of fundraising strategies.

How is your innovation unique?

This is unique because it will be one of the kind of many young people especially those located in remote part of the country. Liberia being a third world country and victim of civil war will definitely be grateful for such innovation.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

Nothing as of now...

Tell us more about you.

Hope For Kids is being established to provide mentoring for under privileged and at-risk middle and high school youth in Liberia, beginning with Gardnersville Chocolatecity, Monrovia Liberia, West Africa. The Program will create partnership with the local school districts. Hope For Kids Foundation will match a caring adult volunteer with a referred youth. I am personally a victim of such circumstance so I gain my motivation from my experience to organize this NGO to help provide this service.

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Armed conflict
  • Other (please specify in next question)

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

Liberia especially in remote parts of the country.

Where will your innovation be implemented?

All around Liberia west Africa

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for less than one year.

In-country Networks

I work with the Liberian Development and Humanitarian organization. I also work with the school districts to help young people.

Sector Expertise

  • I've not yet worked in a sector related to my innovation but am excited to learn more.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

I have worked for NGOs providing assistance to Liberia but I haven't had the opportunity to provide support for kids or interact with them directly as i intend to do with Hope For Kids Foundation.

Innovation Maturity

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Organization Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Organization Location

Organization is registered in Raleigh North Carolina and will be Implemented in Monrovia Liberia, West Africa.

Website

We don't currently have a website. We just got registered and putting things together.

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Photo of Ashley Tillman
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Hi Julius, thank you so much for sharing your work on the Challenge congrats on getting your organization started. What are one or two of you big goals in the next 2-3 years?

Looking forward to learning more!

Photo of Julius Browne
Team

Hi Ashley,
Thanks for the inquiry and desire to know about Hope For Kids Foundation. Due to the level of abuse i noticed kids going through during my last visit to Liberia. Couple things I have set as my goals within the next two years are: (1) A functioning Education facility in Liberia where Kids especially young girls will have access and exposure to modern educational materials, mentoring, but most importantly treated equally regardless of race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, or economy status in society. (2) As part of my goal, I wish to be able to develop an affordable Technology Institute through Hope For Kids Foundation (HFK), where these young people can gain real life job experience with modern technology in preparation for a future career. As i have listed in our concept document, our Technology Program will encourage young girls to participate and become fully involved in Technology. (3) Healthy Life Style... To achieve our healthy life star or educate our program participants on healthy life style, I'll like to have a sports facility and play ground where kids can becomes kids again, play at will with maximum adults supervision.... Coming up as a kid, in a third world country like Liberia, I never had any of these opportunities available to me until my family migrated to the United States where I was fortunate to obtain an education. Upon my return to Liberia last year may, I felt the need to make such facility available for those kids that have been ignored or possibly forgotten about by society and a very corrupt government... I have had people tell me that the mountain I want to climb is too steep and the valley too deep but one thing I know is, there's nothing too big for the God I serve... I believe I will deliver what's needed for those kids running around the streets of Liberia, becoming drugs addicts, all because they have no where or no one to turn to. Once again, I'll like to sincerely thank you Ashley for inquiring about my hope and dream for the kids of Liberia. Please feel free at anytime to ask any question you have and I'll do my best to provide a response as timely as possible

Photo of Ashley Tillman
Team

Hi Julius, thank you so much for your thoughtful and passionate response, it was very helpful. It's clear you are deeply connected to the work you are doing. Best of luck!

Photo of Julius Browne
Team

Thanks Ashley.