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Community Hope Mentoring

Community Hope is a community support program operating in 6 affordable housing communities in the Raleigh area.  Students in Community Hope come four days a week to meet with mentors, develop meaningful relationships, and have fun! During mentoring time, students and mentors work through a literacy plan that addresses the student’s individual learning need at each grade level, beginning with kindergarten and continuing through high school graduation. 

In addition to striving to address academic needs, the Y hopes to serve the collective community through investing deeply in relationships, listening to community needs, and advocating on the community's behalf.  

Community Hope is hosted in local church partners in close proximity to neighborhoods served. Are you interested in learning more about Community Hope?  Please contact the appropriate Y staff member designated below: 

North Raleigh Communities
Raleigh Gardens Community
5101 Oak Park Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612
Contact Venita Brown at 919-582-2242 or Venita.Brown@YMCATriangle.org 

The Oaks community (Beside Sanderson High School in Raleigh)

Downtown and Southeast Raleigh Communities
South Ridge Community
2701 Holloway Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610
Contact: Latoya Smith at 919-582-2275 or Latoya.Smith@YMCATriangle.org

Navaho Drive Community
333 church at North Hills

Schenley Square Community (Hilltop Drive area in Southeast Raleigh)

Downtown East  Eastwood & Birchwood Communities (Hargett Street area in downtown Raleigh)

Children participate in Community HOPE at no cost, thanks to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign.


Community HOPE relies heavily on volunteers. We need volunteers during the school year to help with literacy development. Each student is paired with two adult mentors who strongly support the student for an entire school year and often longer. 

Specific training for each mentor is provided, along with guidance from Community HOPE staff. 
For more information, contact the Y staff member above in your area.