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Join us for an exciting evening at Underground Books! Don’t miss the chance to meet and hear from the talented author Jessica Wilson, MS RD and others featured in It’s Always Been Ours; Rewriting the Story of Black women’s bodies for an evening of conversation and Q/A. Jessica will take the audience through the writing and publication process and share how the book has made an impact on readers. The conversation will be moderated by those who were featured in the book and audience members will be invited to ask questions of everyone involved.
Let’s Read Oak Park will be celebrating National Book Month in October!
Let’s Read Oak Park is presented by St. HOPE for elementary school aged children to explore books and participate in hands on activities with an emphasis on cultural themes. Students will engage in interactive book readings, and select a free book of their choice to take home and encourage reading together as a family!
Each child will receive a FREE book to take home from Underground Books.
Come out and enjoy an evening full of laughter with Desi Alexander,
Desi is the host of the Amazon Prime comedy sketch show “Tonights Special Guest” RIGHT NOW. You can also see him acting on BET’s “Big50″ and the upcoming movie “The Realtor.” He also writes, directs and currently is the co-headlining comedian on the “Jess Hilarious Tour.”
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Join us for free family movies at the Guild Theater!
Date: First Sunday of each month
Time: 2pm Showtime
Location: Guild Theater (2828 35th Street)
This month we will be showing Fearless, a story about A teenage gamer who becomes a full-time babysitter when his favorite video game drops three super-powered infants into his backyard from outer space.
St. HOPE began in 1989 as an afterschool program in a portable classroom at Sacramento High School
After 13 years, St. HOPE realized that an after school program simply wasn’t enough to dramatically improve the academic outcomes of children, that it would be necessary to establish and run our own schools.
In 2003, St. HOPE Public Schools was founded as a preK-12 independent charter school district that provides high-quality education to nearly 2,000 students.
7,000 square foot facility opening at 4101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. HOPE’s first economic development project.
St. HOPE’s largest economic development project opened with Underground Books, Uncle Jed’s Cut Hut, Starbucks and the Guild Theater.
40 Acres is the jewel of the SHDC efforts in the Oak Park community. The building was the historic Woodruff Hotel which was build in 1922 and was renovated by St. HOPE Development company in 2003.
The 23,000 sq. ft. mixed use facility includes:
- Guild Theater
- Underground Books
- Old Soul Coffee House
- Coopers Wine Bar
- Upper Room Apartments
Ja’Lyn Wright graduated from Sac High in June 2023, and will begin classes at UCLA this month, majoring in pre-psychobiology. While at Sac High, Ja’Lyn was a member of Senate, played soccer, and was on the track team. He cultivated a love of both science and performing that he credits, in great part, to the opportunities he had while in high school.
Sac High recently partnered with the United College Action Network (U-CAN) to host a college fair with over 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) including Alabama A&M University, Delaware State University, Morgan State University, and Wiley College. College representatives came to Sac High to talk to students about the programs and opportunities available at their universities and answer any questions.
We are thrilled that the Black Film Festival is returning to Oak Park for its second year. From Wednesday, October 11 through Sunday, October 15, the greater Sacramento community is invited to enjoy and experience African-American stories and history through cinema. The five-day event will showcase independent feature, documentary, and short films by African-American filmmakers, along with panel discussions and exclusive events. The celebration, which will take place at the Guild Theater (2828 35th Street, Sacramento), a historical venue and the centerpiece of the 40 Acres Complex.
Join Us to Celebrate St. HOPE Public Schools’ 20th Anniversary on September 29
St. HOPE Public Schools
We hope that you can join us on Friday, September 29 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of St. HOPE Public Schools. Current St. HOPE scholars and families, alumni from Sac High and PS7, neighbors and community leaders are invited to gather, reconnect, share memories and current experiences, and celebrate this exciting moment in St. HOPE’s history.
We are excited to share with you our latest that includes highlights and data from our 2021-22 and 2022-23 fiscal years. As you’ll see, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to provide high quality education for youth in the Oak Park community. We are exceedingly proud of what our scholars at PS7 and Sac High accomplish each year and we are thrilled to watch our seniors graduate knowing they will do good for the world.
Asia Canady feels a strong connection to the Oak Park community and has impactful memories of her time at Sac High. Sac High Dragons are a part of her family as her mom and aunts attended the school and her twin sister Asha was also in the class of 2008.
On Thursday, August 10, St. HOPE hosted its Back 2 School BBQ in collaboration with over ten community partners. More than 400 youth attended and community members enjoyed free hot dogs and snow cones, free school supplies (notebooks, pens and pencils, folders, crayons, coloring books, etc.), and free backpacks (backpacks were limited to the first 100 students). This fun-filled event at McClatchy Park included face painting, chalk art, bean bag toss for kids and an opportunity for adults to mingle and chat with friends.
Sac High has established a new partnership with Sacramento City College that offers our juniors and seniors an opportunity to take college courses and earn BOTH high school and college credit. This program is called the Panther Pipeline and the unique part about it is that Sac City College professors come to Sac High two days a week to teach scholars in person. The other three days scholars complete their college work in class with their Sac High teacher.
Please join us on Friday, September 29 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of St. HOPE Public Schools! Since 2003, Sac High and PS7 have operated with a clear mission to graduate self-motivated, industrious, critically thinking leaders who are committed to serving others, passionate about life-long learning, and prepared to earn a degree from a four-year college or university.
As students head back to school, I want to remind parents, students, and neighbors about the incredible community asset we have in Underground Books located in the heart of Oak Park. Underground Books opened in the summer of 2003 and is part of the 40 Acres Cultural Center that provides so many enriching entertainment and cultural activities for residents in the region.
When thinking about her time at St. HOPE Public Schools, Morgan Mitchell fondly remembers the strong community. She says the school’s intentional focus on community building helped her develop lasting relationships with both students and teachers. She made some of her best friends at Sac High and still keeps in touch with several teachers, sharing updates and asking them for advice.
Built in the 1950’s, the PS7 Elementary campus is over 70 years old and is in desperate need of repair. For several years, St. HOPE Public Schools has been working to secure funding and approvals for a major PS7 Elementary modernization and we are thrilled that the project is officially underway.
Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) recently released a report evaluating the current landscape of charter schools across America. The study found that in both reading and math, charter schools provide students with stronger learning compared with the learning in traditional public schools that are otherwise available to them.
Sacramento area students and families are invited to St. HOPE’s FREE Back to School BBQ on Thursday, August 10 from 4-6pm. This celebration is a great way to kick off the new school year and make sure students across the Sacramento region have the school supplies they need to succeed in school. There will be a delicious BBQ, fun activities, games, and prizes for the whole community to enjoy.
I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! For me the recent Independence Day celebrations – both Juneteenth and the 4th of July – were fun-filled days spent enjoying time with family, friends, and our larger community. Not only were they full of good food and friendship, they were important occasions to reflect on the freedoms and opportunities we often take for granted. Whether due to limited access or inequitable policies, too many people in America and throughout the world face barriers to success.
Thousands danced in the streets of Oak Park at St. Hope’s third annual Juneteenth Block Party at the 40 Acres Complex on June 17.
A stage sat in the middle of 34th Street, closing the road in front of Underground Books. Attendees in lawn chairs vacated their seats when the DJ played the Cupid Shuffle, gathering around the stage to do the line dance akin to the Electric Slide.
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St. HOPE hosted its Juneteenth block party at 40 Acres Saturday.
“There’s no better place to do than in Oak Park, Sacramento,” said Adrianne Hall, of St. Hope.
As a poet, spoken word artist, hip-hop MC and Sacramento Area Youth Speaks alumni, Takarra Johnson uses the power of her voice through poetry and music to empower others and help advance social and racial justice. Takarra was very involved when she was at Sac High, serving as student body president, MISSES Step Team captain, Mock Trial member, YoungLife, and Linked Crew leader.