New Adventures On the Horizon For the Woods

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In 2014 Hope for Opelousas was continuing to grow and we knew we were in need of a high school director. After visiting with Emanuel Woods over the phone several times it seemed clear he was the man God was bringing to join us on our journey. Emanuel’s personal story was one we envisioned for our students and his belief in the power of a positive mentor making an impact by love in the life of a child made for a perfect fit. After visiting with Emanuel we found out that it was a package deal, his soon to be wife Nasia (certainly she is the better half) was excited about becoming an intern at HFO and soon became our Elementary Director.

Over the last 4 years this beautiful couple have poured their lives into our people.  They have brought a creative energy and love that has truly made a lasting impact in the lives of our students and families. Nasia has come into her own as a director bringing excellence to our Elementary Program and going above and beyond with her commitment to our kids. From starting a basketball program, creating beautiful designs for t-shirts, to building loving relationships with our kids and modeling the love of a committed married couple, HFO is better today because of the impact of the Woods!

In December the Woods were presented with an amazing growth opportunity that would allow them to move closer to home and realize a dream of creating their own organization. In August the Woods will be moving to serve with Common Ground Montgomery, an organization with a mission and vision similar to HFO. During their first year Emanuel will be mentored by their founder Bryan Kelly and by year two the Woods will start their own organization serving youth and families in Birmingham AL. The Woods family is very excited to mix their passion for athletics and their heart for the community with this opportunity.

Please join us in saying Thank You to the Woods Family for their service! They will always be part of the HFO Family! Also, please join us in praying for their future work, their success is our success.

HFO is Hiring: High School Director

Position: Full-time

Reports to: Administrative Director

‘Hope for Opelousas’ is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization seeking to employee a full-time staff person to support our community development program. This person will create a high school program plan and corresponding annual calendar to address the educational, spiritual, and emotional needs of high school students. The High School Director will be responsible for coordinating hands-on compassionate high school youth programs for approximately 40 hours per week with non-traditional hours. 

Job Overview/Responsibilities

9th through 12th Grade Education and Programming

  • Create and maintain a welcoming and organized learning environment and routine/schedule-this includes homework help, enrichment activities, grade monitoring, Bible Study, and mentoring 
  • Manage student roster and update accordingly
  • Maintain data tracking for students
  • Arrange meetings with students, parents, and teachers on an as-needed basis
  • Perform grade checks and evaluations with students and provide timely feedback
  • Create and implement study skills workshops and summer enrichment programs
  • Maintain effective program through discipline of students
  • Plan and Implement enrichment activities for students
  • Develop goals and next steps for each student preparing them for post grad success
  • Create opportunities for personal development through bible study and character building
  •  Invest in youth’s lives by attending special events

Parents

  • Maintain regular communication with parents offering goal setting and accountability

  • Track interactions with parents

Additional Responsibilities

  • Maintain relationships with past students tracking their next steps
  • Collaborate with other staff on resources, guest speakers, tools, curriculum, and enrichment opportunities for all students at HFO 

  • Supervise and guide summer interns 
  • Recruit, train, and manage support staff and volunteers
  • Participate in HFO events for fundraising and community events when needed

Qualifications

  • Prefer Associates/Bachelor’s degree in education or related discipline, OR relevant work experience and interest 
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with high school age kids from a high-risk community 
  • Ability to tutor high school level Math and English courses. 
  • Knowledge of required curriculum and assessment tools
  • Physically able to participate in sports and activities with high school aged kids 
  • Initiative and personal flexibility, as well as an ability to work with others as a team
  • An ability to work diplomatically between races, Christian denominations, and socio-economic groups
  • The capability to balance multiple tasks and work effectively with staff and volunteers
  • Commitment to the well being and success of young people
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and other computer skills 
  • Valid driver’s license 

 

If interested submit resume to:

Loren Carriere | loren@hopeforopelousas.org  |  337-207-0268   

Hope for Opelousas |  330 E Madison | Opelousas, LA  70570                                                                                                     Hopeforopelousas.org

 

 

HFO is Hiring: Elementary Director

Position: Full-time

Reports to: Administrative Director

‘Hope for Opelousas’ is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization seeking to employ a full-time staff person to support our community development program. This person will create an elementary program plan and corresponding annual calendar to address the educational, spiritual, and emotional needs of elementary students. The Elementary Director will be responsible for coordinating hands-on compassionate elementary youth programs for approximately 40 hours per week with non-traditional hours. 

Job Overview/Responsibilities

1st through 5th Grade Education and Programming

  • Create and maintain a welcoming and organized learning environment and routine/schedule-this includes homework help, enrichment activities, assessments, progress monitoring, Bible Study, and mentoring 
  • Use research-based assessments to identify students’ needs, weaknesses, and strengths in math and reading
  • Progress Monitor students in reading and math on a regular basis and provide timely feedback of those evaluations to students, parents, and teachers-seeking needed accommodations if necessary  
  • Manage student roster and update accordingly
  • Maintain student data throughout the school year
  • Develop learning plans for each student based on data and report card grades that will be conducive to group tutoring
  • Develop incentive-based outings or rewards
  • Arrange meetings with students, parents, and teachers on a regular basis 
  • Develop study skills through workshops and summer enrichment programs
  •  Invest in youth’s lives by attending special events

Parents

  • Maintain regular communication with parents offering goal setting and accountability
  • Track interactions with parents

Agents of Hope (AOH)/ High School Interns

  • Maintain training, communication, and scheduling for volunteers and AOH 
  • Plan and teach career/college prep and character building for AOH 
  • Collaborate with other staff on resources, guest speakers, tools, curriculum, and enrichment opportunities for AOH

Additional Responsibilities

  • Supervise and guide Summer Interns
  • Hire, train, and manage all elementary support staff, Agents of Hope, and volunteers
  • Participate in HFO events for fundraising and community events when needed

Qualifications

  • Prefer Bachelor’s degree in education or related discipline, Prefer classroom teaching experience OR relevant work experience and interest 
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with elementary age kids from a high-risk community 
  • Knowledge of required curriculum and assessment tools
  • Physically able to participate in sports and physical activities with elementary aged kids 
  • Initiative and personal flexibility, as well as an ability to work with others as a team
  • An ability to work diplomatically between races, Christian denominations, and socio-economic groups
  • The capability to balance multiple tasks and work effectively with staff and volunteers
  • Commitment to the well-being and success of young people
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and other computer skills 
  • Valid driver’s license 

If interested submit resume to:

Loren Carriere | loren@hopeforopelousas.org | 337-207-0268   

Hope for Opelousas |  330 E Madison  |  Opelousas, LA  70570                                                                               

Hopeforopelousas.org

 

 

Cleco awards Hope for Opelousas $60,000

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PINEVILLE, La., Dec. 20, 2017 – Today, Cleco awarded Hope for Opelousas a $60,000 grant to continue its mission of serving students in first through 12th grades through tutoring programs, enrichment opportunities, employment, mentoring and community service projects. 

“Hope for Opelousas is entering its ninth year of service in the city of Opelousas, and Cleco has been a supporter since the very beginning,” said Bill Fontenot, interim CEO of Cleco Power.  “We understand that an investment in our children is an investment in not only their future but also in our future workforce.”

“As Hope for Opelousas plans for the future, we look at not only the sustainability of our programs, but enriching the services we provide,” said Loren Carriere, Hope for Opelousas executive director.  “With Cleco funds, we are excited to grow our programming by 25 students in 2018. With this growth we will now serve 100 students and their families with our wrap around programming.”

Cleco has a long history of philanthropic involvement across its 24-parish service territory.  In 2017, Cleco contributed nearly $1 million to non-profit organizations across the state. 

“We are proud to support the life changing work these agencies are doing to benefit our customers and communities,” said Fontenot.

Cleco is a regional energy company that conducts substantially all of its business operation through its primary subsidiary, Cleco Power. Cleco Power is a regulated electric utility company that owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 3,310 MWs and serves approximately 288,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.  For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com or follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ClecoPower.

Media Contact:

Jennifer Cahill

318-484-7411

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President Nykara from Agent of Hope to who knows where!

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This summer, Agent of Hope Nykara and a small group of Hope for Opelousas High Schoolers attended the Louisiana Youth Seminar, a high school leadership program pulling over 300 leaders from throughout the state and the US.  Nykara worked throughout the week to attain the honor of LYS President. This included speeches, strategy for a political party caucus and a general election of over 300 of her peers.  

Nykara attended LYS the previous year and set a goal to become LYS President in her final year as a student in the program.  She credited her experience as an HFO Agent of Hope as part of her final speech.  During the race she gave a speech sharing with her political party an experience with an HFO student that especially taught her that "Love Changes Everything" 

"[Being an Agent of Hope] taught me that if I can touch the hearts of one person, how many more hearts can I change? I can't promise you I can immediately make everything better... I can promise you hope is strong."  - NYKARA'S SPEECH ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE WITH ONE OF OUR KIDS
Uploaded by Andree Gonsoulin on 2017-09-19.

 

Read about what Nykara had to say about her LYS Experience: 

When I first attended LYS last year, in 2016, I didn’t know that I would be back for another year. I didn’t know that I would encounter some people that would then become my lifelong friends. I didn’t know that I would return home again with amazing stories to tell, about everything I experienced. And I definitely, didn’t know that I would win LYS 2017 President. These are just a few things that could happen to someone if they took a week out of their summer to go to LYS.

LYS is one of the greatest summer programs I have ever gone to. In my opinion, LYS changes the lives of people every day and I can surely say everyone else who has been to LYS agrees with me. I honestly wish I could go back another year just to experience it all over again, especially winning President. 

Becoming LYS President is literally one of my greatest achievements of my life and I am genuinely honored that I won. I strictly encourage future delegates to be open minded about LYS and try your best to be involved in everything it has to offer. Then, take what you learned to your community and change the lives of the people around you, just like LYS would change yours. I hope I can become a JC or a counselor next year at LYS because I never want to forget about my LYS spirit. Thank you, LYS for everything you have done for me not just as a delegate who attended your program, but as a person.        Nykara<3


Karly Summy - Summer Intern from Northwestern College in Des Moines, Iowa

Dear Friends of HFO, 

HI! My name is Karly Summy, I am going to be a sophomore at Northwestern College, but I am from Des Moines Iowa. I got connected with Hope for Opelousas through my school and actually got the chance to spend a week down in Opelousas this past March. I fell in love with the community and that is how I wound up back down her for the summer.

This summer I was in charge of planning all the math lessons for the elementary and junior high and keeping up on what the kids were learning, and the progress they were making.  I also got to work closely with the new 4th grade class in reading. I really connected with this class! It was super cool to hang out with them even outside of tutoring! I got to take some of them out to eat, played tons of games, and even went to one of the 4th grader’s baseball games and we got to make posters to help cheer him on!
 
My summer was absolutely amazing! This experience, and working with the kids taught me not only patience but how to be loving and stern at the same time. I learned many things that will help when I become a teacher and this summer helped me realize that I do want to become a teacher! I’m so thankful for HFO and the opportunities given to me, and I can’t wait to come back and serve with them again soon!!!