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Underground Books Presents Walter Mosley!

Underground Books proudly presents renowned and critically acclaimed author Walter Mosley next Friday, October 12 at the Guild Theater and Underground Books. Join us for a fire chat discussion and book signing as Mr. Mosley shares his newest novel, John Woman.

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First Impressions: My College Experience
By TaKayla Johnson, Sac High Class of 2018

I’ve always dreamed about going to an HBCU. I was unsure about my experience at a predominantly white institution. I currently attend California State University, Sacramento and I have loved my experience thus far. Coming from a predominantly black high school, Sacramento Charter High School, the diversity of Sac State’s campus was truly a culture shock, but the levels of love and unity helped me overcome my worries about attending a local university. Sac state is a great campus and I have learned the importance of my presence on this campus.

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Staff Star: Mr. Antonio Sarabia

Here at St. HOPE we find it very rewarding to recognize the outstanding commitment from our staff, which more than often go above and beyond to give scholars an unforgettable learning experience. With amazing staff like Mr. Sarabia, Sac High’s Visual Arts and Communications teacher, there’s no wonder why we have such amazing scholars.

This month we had the privilege of sitting down with veteran HOPEster, Mr. Sarabia, to hear a little about his story. Here’s what we captured:

Q: How long have you been here? How did you hear about St. HOPE?

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St. HOPE Welcomes SETA!

In 2007, the St. HOPE-operated preschool, Triumph Center for Early Childhood Education, opened its doors offering a high-quality early childhood education program for young children in the Oak Park neighborhood. For nearly 10 years, Triumph actively served hundreds of families throughout the community and surrounding areas, creating a learning environment inclusive for all.

In June 2017, Triumph made the difficult decision to close its doors with the hope that through continued conversation, future opportunities would emerge.

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St. HOPE Annual Employee Wellness Fair

Walking into the dimmed library, staff were greeted with the aroma of fresh fruit and the beat of exhilarating music. In one corner of the room, folks were sharing the benefits of meditation, in another, a barre demonstration was just starting. Samples of detoxifying juices and sunflower butters were passed around while staff worked on a community brainstorming project. This is the St. HOPE Annual Wellness Fair, an event designed for all St.

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The Student Store is ONLINE!

Buying school uniforms just became easier with a click of a button! All St. HOPE Public School polos and jackets can now be purchased through our online store! We know how difficult it can be to come into the store to buy all of your scholar’s items so now you can go online, select the items you want, purchase them with your credit card and then pick them up at the store.

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Free Meals for St. HOPE Scholars

This school year we will begin serving free meals to our students for breakfast and lunch. We are excited to be given the opportunity to provide our students cost-free meals under the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The CEP, launched under the Healthy, Hunger-free Act, is a four-year program that serves free meals to the nation’s highest poverty schools and operates through federal and state funds. This is the first year we have qualified for the CEP program.

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Oak Park Speaker Series Conclusion

The inaugural Oak Park Speaker Series presented by Underground Books and the Greater Sacramento Urban League concluded with two amazing events at the Guild Theater.

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Scholars Receive Summer Camp Scholarships

In addition to the traditional academic summer school session for scholars in need of catching up before the next school year, St. HOPE also partnered with Camp EDMO to provide scholars with a unique STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and SEL (Social Emotional Learning) enrichment program.  The Bay Area based program recently expanded to the Sacramento Region and offered its services to the Sac High campus location for the first time last year.

Blog post by Ruben Moodypublished Aug 23, 2018

interview: aizik “aik” brown, wide open walls muralist
Valley Vision Blog

Aizik “Aik” Brown proudly describes himself as an Artist and Educator committed to improving the lives of those around him, particularly in Oak Park. Over the past two weeks, Valley Vision has been fortunate enough to have Aizik paint a stunning mural on the outside wall of our new office building as part of Sacramento’s Wide Open Walls mural festival, in partnership with St. HOPE.

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Soccer Succeeds at PS7 Elementary School!

For the last two years, Street Soccer USA and PS7 Elementary School have partnered to provide 3rd – 5th grade scholars at PS7 access to after school soccer as an enrichment program multiple days per week. The partnership is funded by Councilmember Jay Schenirer’s Way Up Sacramento initiative to provide more healthy activities for Oak Park youth, and because soccer was a sport they wanted to pilot.

Article ABC News 10Chris Thomas Reporting

What’s Working: ‘College Track’ program creating first-gen college students
Students at Sacramento High School managed by St. HOPE Public Schools are outperforming state standards, thanks in part to the College Track program.

Published: 10:11 PM PDT August 8, 2018

A program called “College Track” is helping disadvantaged students become first-generation college students; setting an example for their families and their entire neighborhood.

There is a lot to be impressed by with those first-gen college students, and the guy who helped get the program off and running, Jake Mossawir. He serves as the CEO for St. HOPE, a family of non-profits on a mission.

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St. HOPE Announces MLB All-Star Barry Bonds as 2018 Dinner Speaker

St. HOPE is excited to announce MLB All-Star Barry Bonds as the special guest speaker for the 2018 St. HOPE Dinner to be held on Sunday, September 23 at the Hyatt Regency downtown. The St. HOPE Dinner attracts a sellout crowd of 1,000 guests and has included speakers such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, John Wooden, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber and many more!

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St. HOPE Promotes!

One of our favorite moments at St. HOPE is celebrating our scholars during school promotion time. The end of a school year is always a time full of heartfelt reflection and excitement for what’s to come. As we gather to celebrate the achievements of our amazing scholars and reflect back on their unique journeys, we are reminded of their triumphs and trials, hardships and successes and are overflowing with joy as we set our eyes to the future!

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5th Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair

The 5th Annual Black Book Fair took place Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd. The Black Book Fair is held once a year to bring African American literature and authors to the community. This year’s featured authors came from Sacramento as well as different cities in California. There were also several national other authors who showed up from all across the country, including Florida! It’s no surprise to say this year’s fair was a success.

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2017 St. HOPE Annual Report

2017 was a fabulous year for St. HOPE, and you can check out a few of the details in our newly released annual report found here. While we are proud of our work in 2017, we can’t help but look forward to showing off our 2018 accomplishments. We have already seen tremendous growth this year in scholar achievement, and 95% of Sac High seniors were accepted to a four-year college.

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Byron Pitts comes to Oak Park

The Oak Park Speaker Series hosted the second of a four-part series on June 11th at the Guild Theater with special guest speaker Byron Pitts.  Nearly 150 guests attended the event, emceed by former Mayor Kevin Johnson and included remarks by Greater Sacramento Urban League President and CEO Cassandra Jennings.  The evening concluded with a fireside chat with Mayor Johnson and award-winning journalist and author Byron Pitts.  Pitts was raised by a single mother and struggled with severe learning disabilities.

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40 Acres Celebrates 15 Years by Completing the Vision

May 2018 marked the 15 Year Anniversary of St. HOPE’s 40 Acres Cultural Center in Oak Park and was celebrated in many ways, including a major announcement!

Once a neglected and boarded-up building frequented by drugs and prostitution in the 1990’s, 40 Acres has blossomed into a thriving mecca of businesses, patrons and community events throughout the course of the past 15 years. The transformation is due in large part to the efforts of many individuals who believed Oak Park would once again become a destination and gathering place for people both near and far.

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Mobile Teaching Kitchen

In the first week of May, more than 200 St. HOPE students and staff took a break from the classroom and participated in Chartwell’s Mobile Teaching Kitchen program. Chartwell’s has been contracted to serve school meals at St. HOPE for the last several years. The Mobile Teaching Classroom was very impressive and is a custom-designed shipping container modified into an 80-square-foot, fully functioning kitchen complete with three-sided belly height kitchen countertop and five individual induction plates.