HOPE BLOG

Want change?

Right now, African American, Hispanic, and Native American children in Minneapolis have less than a 60% chance of graduating from high school on time. That makes my heart break. The good news is, we can all do something about that. But like all love, it will mean sacrifice. C.S. Lewis said: “There is no safe […]

We’ve never done this before

Welcome to the start of a BIG year at Hope Academy. It’s a joyful day as we welcome nearly 500 students with big smiles and open arms — each child reminding me just how much God loves the youth of our city. It’s also a year unlike any we’ve seen. By God’s grace, we’re embarking on the […]

90-Second Stories: We all need a push

When I see graduates like Nate coming back to mentor younger students, it makes my heart sing. Nate is a young man who entered Hope Academy like most middle schoolers: not quite sure of who he could be. Through the deep care of teachers, classmates and mentors, God is developing Nate’s potential as a leader–and […]

For many people, summer is a season to relax and head to the lake. At Hope Academy, it’s a tipping point. Much research shows that, while summer learning loss is common, it hits low-income students the hardest–compounding the academic achievement gap year after year. That’s why Hope Academy requires 4 weeks of summer school for every student, […]

Hats off to Hope Academy’s Class of 2018

There is an undeniable grace over the Class of 2018. God has restored lives that appeared lost to gangs and drugs. He has softened hearts that seemed hardened beyond repair. For children the world calls fatherless, poor, and disadvantaged, He has cast a greater vision for a hopeful future. “There is so much that we […]

Praise God! College Students Receive Full-Rides

This month, Hope Academy students Jose Castillo, Tian Elder, and Kenneth Granados were each awarded full-tuition, full-need, four-year college scholarships through the Act Six program for emerging urban leaders.   Jose Castillo, Hope Academy Class of 2018, will attend the University of Northwestern-St. Paul (UNWSP) this fall. Jose is considering becoming a physician assistant (PA). […]

Lemuel Haynes

People Spotlight – Lemuel Haynes

The following is an article based on the book, “Lemuel Haynes Biography,” by Pastor Luke Walker of Redeeming Cross Community Church in Minneapolis, MN: It’s 1753 and our friend Olaudah Equiano is still a happy child in Africa. We’re in West Hartford, Connecticut, North American colonies. Jonathan Edwards is finishing his course, the free sons of Columbia […]

Lisa Fields

People Spotlight – Lisa Fields

Lisa Fields is the founder and President of Jude 3 Project, which is an apologetics organization dedicated to helping the African American Christian community to know what they believe and why. One aspect, of the project that has gained a lot of traction, is their podcast. She hosts the program that welcomes expert guests who […]

Olaudah Equiano

People Spotlight – Olaudah Equiano

The following is an article is based on the book, “Olaudah Equiano Biography,”  by Pastor Luke Walker of Redeeming Cross Community Church in Minneapolis, MN: History attaches great names to great movements. And yet there remain names whose renown, though great when these movements actually passed upon the stage of history, are blurred over the veil […]

People Spotlight Dr. Eric Mason

People Spotlight – Dr. Eric Mason

The Importance of our People Spotlight Series Hope Academy believes that the Gospel informs the shepherding of the hearts that the Lord has entrusted to our care. We strive to give our students a Biblical understanding of God’s purpose for their life in all areas of our instruction. Our goal is to equip our students […]