BOOKS & BRUNCH
Books & Brunch is a community-led program that takes place every 4th Saturday of the month at Taylor apartments in Apopka. The program is centered around increasing literacy skills among children and families of color. Saturday Books & Brunch gave the gift of 40 books to children between the ages of 2-14 years old. Each book focuses on Black and Brown main characters. Hope believes education and representation are the greatest gifts you can give your children.
Community Visioning is a workshop consisting of participatory research done by the attendants, oriented towards having a better perspective of the most-felt needs that the South Apopka community has to face on a daily basis to prepare in the future, a community development plan. The research and subsequent analysis focus on a variety of topics including Life Strategies. This is an informative/educational and power-building workshop.
For upcoming Community Visioning Workshops, please visit our events calendar.
Each summer, South Apopka residents between the ages of 5-10 are invited to attend Freedom School which provides quality and relevant education to Black youth. Freedom School is dedicated to enhancing young children’s development through community education and seeks to build strong, literate, and empower children who are prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities and the world today.
Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools used to create connections and learn from one another. For this reason, we have begun to work with local community members to train them in the art of storytelling. We meet with storytellers for three weeks, to develop their story of self and the skills needed to deliver it. The training is given to community members for the purposes of individual/community empowerment and cross-community conversations that educate, enlighten, agitate and animate. Through storytelling, folks are invited to take ownership and pride in their story. It is also a journey of healing and education that digs deep into the political and economic realities that force people to migrate.
Hope CommUnity Center is a social justice non-profit organization that seeks to develop local leadership in the Central Florida area with the intention of empowering communities to identify and address the root causes of inequity in the neighborhood. Hope offers racial justice training for staff, board members, youth group, community members and AmeriCorps members. Through these efforts, the Community Organizing team hopes to bridge the gap between people of color and Hope with the intention of creating a more just and equitable world for the communities. Hope works to unite people across age, race, religion, gender identity, abilities, and ethnicity, in the core belief that such unity significantly improves peoples’ lives.