Generation of Promise
Focus: HOPE’s premier social justice program is Generation of Promise, which supports a new generation of leaders who advance racial equity in metropolitan Detroit. Generation of Promise provides an opportunity for local youth to engage in leadership development and build regional cooperation.
Generation of Promise conducts a 10-month diversity awareness and relationship building program for an annual class of 60 high school juniors.
Generation of Promise member high schools reflect a wide range of racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic communities. The communities include Birmingham, Dearborn, Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and Warren.
Students engage in over 120 hours of program experiences between August and May including a summer orientation retreat. Students are encouraged to challenge stereotypes or misconceptions they hold and work to build relationships across divisions. They are also challenged to refine their leadership skills and are given opportunities to apply those skills in a variety of settings.
August – April
Every Second Wednesday of each month;
7:45 am – 3:00 pm (students are excused from school to participate)
Graduation is the first Sunday in May.
Requirements: Participants of Generation of Promise must be enrolled in one of our partner schools. Students complete the application as a sophomore and participate in the program during their junior year of high school. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or above.