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19. Community Outreach

Hope College sponsors, maintains and staffs a number of educational programs for children of the community. These constitute a significant service to the Holland community and serve to enhance the College’s reputation in the community, as well as the community’s acceptance of and support for the College. The following are the most significant of these programs and also those of longest standing:


CASA, founded in 1987, serves at-risk children who are struggling in school. Through collaboration with the College, local schools, community members and organizations, disadvantaged at-risk children (grades 2 – 5) are provided the tools they need to become successful students and leaders. CASA offers one-on-one tutoring during the academic year and individualized academic instruction and cultural enrichment in small classroom settings during the summer.


PATH, the Program for Academically Talented at Hope College, began in 1986 as a cooperative project of Hope College and the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. Today it serves over 150 academically talented seventh, eighth and ninth grade students from Ottawa, Kent, Muskegon and Van Buren counties. PATH offers fast-paced accelerated instruction in language arts, mathematics and sciences and is funded through tuition provided by local districts and/or participating students, with Hope College providing in-kind support.


Project TEACH is a mentoring, scholarship program developed and funded by Hope College and designed to contribute to the ethnic balance of quality educators within the Holland area school districts. The program offers to deserving, committed, minority students the means, both academic and financial, to become K-12 teachers. High school students from Holland, West Ottawa & Holland Christian are invited to apply to the program during their freshman and/or sophomore year in high school.


Upward Bound is a pre-college program designed to help low-income and first generation students develop the motivation and skills needed to successfully graduate from high school and enter a postsecondary institution.  Seventy-five students in grades 9-12 from three area target schools receive academic and college readiness assistance, personal and academic advising, and participate in career exploration and cultural activities throughout the academic year and a six- week summer residential component.