Hope CommUnity Center believes that access to careers and postsecondary education are important parts of individual and community empowerment!

Here at Hope we offer students the following assistance:

  • Personal and education growth

  • Seeking information about colleges and universities

  • College exposure through college fairs and tours

  • Exploring career interests and finding the best professional setting that matches a person’s passions and skills

  • Understanding rights for DACA and undocumented students

  • College preparation and applications

  • Scholarship research and applications

  • Applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Writing and editing a professional resume

Hope CommUnity Center also offers scholarship funds annually, primarily for students and other individuals involved as a participant or volunteer in center programming. These funds can be applied to costs associated with studying at any technical school, or 2- or 4-year college or university.

If you have any questions, please contact Access to Education Assistant, Nordia Simmonds at 407-880-4673 ext. 230 or email her at [email protected]


English for Speakers of Other Languages

ESOL classes at HCC offer adults the opportunity to learn English in a fun and interactive setting. The classes include Paulo Freire’s popular education model, empowering people to envision what a more just world would look like and to take strategic action to transform society according to that vision. Popular Education challenges traditional hierarchies that place knowledgeable teacher above ignorant student, and active educator above passive learner.

Students interested in participating in the ESOL classes at HCC are given a CASAS assessment which measures English proficiency and then are placed in Level ALevel B, or Level C. 

Register now!


Ivis Greenwall
407.880.4673 ext 230


Basic interactive English for students with limited exposure to the language. Introduction to common English vocabulary and phrases through icebreakers, language games, and practice conversations. Three semesters including units on family, work, home, money, and community.

  • Vocabulary

  • Basic Conversation

  • Confidence-building Activities

  • Writing


Intermediate interactive English for students with some prior exposure to the language. Focus on conversation, reading, and grammar skills through icebreakers, language games, and class discussions. Three semesters including units on family, work, home, money, and community.

  • Basic Grammar

  • Conversational Skills

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Group Work


Advanced conversational English for students who understand spoken English and can carry extended conversations but would like support in pronunciation, reading, grammar, idioms, and expressing ideas and opinions in the English language.

  • Conversational Skills

  • Advanced Reading

  • Pronounciations

  • Idioms


Making Ongoing Meaningful Steps
MOMS (Making Ongoing Meaningful Steps)
is a basic English and literacy class for immigrant women that meets every Tuesday morning, 9:30am-12pm, from September to May.
The program started 7 years ago as a space for women to learn basic English life skills while their children were in school. Since then the program has expanded to include topics such as health and wellness, supporting kids in school, and gender equality. More than 30 students attend the program that is supported by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.
Childcare during class and limited transportation are available.
For more information about the program, contact:


Ivis Greenwall
407.880.4673 ext 230


Each week during the school year, a group of 25 elementary school students comes to Hope CommUnity Center after school to practice reading skills, and participate in science and art enrichment activities. Students work with tutors one-on-one and in small groups for 1 hour and 15 minutes each day, two days a week.

Tutoring takes place in HCC’s Hawthorne/South campus. Each student is assigned to two days (2 hours) of tutoring: Mondays and Wednesdays. Space is limited according to the number of tutors. At this time, we have a waiting list.

All of HCC’s amazing tutors are volunteers. They come from all walks of life to offer support and encouragement for the kids and their families. The Academic Support Team meets with HCC’s tutors regularly to provide training and ongoing support and create a team environment. If you are interested in being a volunteer tutor, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Lynn Devanie at (407) 880-4673 ext. 222.

HCC’s approach to tutoring is holistic: we recognize that homework and school are only one part of kids’ lives. Engaging parents and family members in their children’s education is also key. We organize a parent meeting at least once a month to provide parents with a space where they can discuss questions and concerns about their children’s education, as well as share information and knowledge with each other. HCC’s goal is for parents to feel empowered to communicate schools and teachers and make informed decisions for their children.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in tutoring, you may fill out a registration form at the front desk of either one of Hope CommUnity Center’s locations, and you will be contacted by a staff member about space availability and a start date. For more information, contact:


Ivis Greenwall
407.880.4673 ext 230


Adelante Caminantes is Hope’s tutoring program for unaccompanied minors, those young people who travelled without adult accompaniment from Mexico and Central America, fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries. Hope offers a warm welcome, English classes, basic skills, and a hot meal for students.

The name Adelante Caminantes translates to “Onward, Walkers” and reflects Hope CommUnity Center’s support for these young people who have come so far, yet still have a journey ahead as they await the outcome of their immigration process.With dedicated support from staff and volunteers, the students become more confident and open as they learn together. Our hearts are with them. ¡Adelante Caminantes!

Classes are Mondays and Thursdays from 6:00PM-8:00PM

For more information and to register or volunteer, please call

Marlene Rivera, Coordinator: 407-880-4673 x223