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Generations of Hope

Building relationships that matter.

We all can remember the challenges of growing up. The experiences that a young person has during their preteen years fundamentally impact who they become as a young adult. We believe that personal, focused, mentoring relationships are the key to helping young people reach their full potential. This is why the Generations of Hope (GOH) program builds relationships between middle school students in York City and student mentors from York College. These mentors facilitate engaging experiences through an interactive curriculum approach to allow Generations of Hope students to explore new opportunities, engage with the community, and develop life skills.

Generations of Hope aims to increase the number of York City students who experience success in their K-12 education and who pursue post-secondary education opportunities. Generations of Hope also aims to inspire both middle school students and college students to serve as leaders, mentors, and changemakers in their communities. Research has shown that effective mentoring relationships during this critical period in a young person’s life can have a monumental impact on their future success. To ensure that York has a strong future, Generations of Hope is committed to building relationships that matter.

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Generations of Hope: an innovative mentoring program for York's inner city youth
Watch our mentors explain how Generations of Hope works, what you'll get to do, and how to join!

Hear from the MentorsWant to know more about how GOH works?

In this video, GOH mentors explain:
  • How Generations of Hope works
  • What the program has been like in the past and what it may be like in the future
  • How students that come from York feel about Generations of Hope
  • What you will achieve as part of Generations of Hope
  • How you can get involved

Learn MoreProgram Details

  • Program Goals

    Program Goals

    Generations of Hope aims to help the students we serve grow in four fundamental areas:

    1. Care for self: This care is all about finding inner peace and security. GOH students learn about things such as health and wellness, financial management, and personal safety.
    2. Care for others: This care is centered on seeing the needs of others and meeting them. GOH students learn about things such as disability and accessibility, providing assistance in medical emergencies, and teamwork.
    3. Care for the future: This care focuses on aspirations and goals. GOH students learn about topics related to educational opportunities, finding a successful career, and reaching new personal goals.
    4. Care for the community: This care helps GOH students discover their community’s needs and how they can be a partner in  meeting those needs. Students learn about what makes York special, what York needs from young people, and how they fit into the larger community.
  • Current Schedule of Events

    Current Schedule of Events

    Generations of Hope usually meets on Wednesday afternoons during the school year.

  • How You Can Help

    How You Can Help

    Do you think you would be a good partner for our program? We are always interested in people with a heart for service looking to make a difference in the lives of the students we work with. If you are interested in working with Generations of Hope as a volunteer or as a community partner, please fill out our contact form.

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Contact Us
Generations of Hope Program
Center for Community Engagement
Hannah Short, AmeriCorps VISTA
Humanities Center, 125
Phone: 717.815.1533
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Summer Hours (May 16–August 12):
Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Cody Miller, Director of Service Initiatives
Humanities Center, 125
Phone: 717.600.3812