Hope Road, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
In 10 years of service, Hope Road Organization has worked with the youth of Dayton, Ohio, and observed the patterns and trends of underserved youth, and their families. This confirmed what the Youth Development Network reports, "For the last four decades, our nation has been trying to resolve youth problems – academic failure, drug use, teen pregnancy, juvenile crime, lack of workforce readiness, and more.” Knowing the need for community response, Hope Road organized community members to help these youth positively respond to these challenges and offer information and skills to help them navigate adolescence in a low socio-economic environment.
Our programs are based on the PYD (Positive Youth Development) approach. Positive youth development emphasizes the strengths of youth and the positive qualities and developmental paths that are desired for youth. Our major accomplishments include over 600 youth served through erecting three youth and community gardens, producing five youth stage productions, hosting over twenty youth and community events, and presenting forty plus youth development workshops.
Nurturing self-efficacy in young people is so important because they are still developing their identities, learning to be their authentic selves and understanding healthy boundaries. Hope Road counteracts self-defeating behavior through arts and nature enrichment youth programs