Hope welcomes two new advisory board members for 2020!

Today Loree D. Jones and Nicole Lynn Lewis join the Hope Center’s Advisory Board, strengthening our commitment to the Philadelphia region and expanding our capacity to advancing evidence-based supports for #RealCollege students with children.  Loree is chief of staff for the chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden, host of #RealCollege2020. She has served in top leadership positions …

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Hope welcomes Paula Umaña as our new Director of Community Impact!

Through the #RealCollege movement the Hope Center is redefining what it means to be a student-ready college. Students’ basic needs must be secured if they are to learn and grow at the college level. Practitioners who work directly with students while enduring the new economics of college are best positioned to create the changes necessary …

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Overcoming Transportation Barriers to Improve Postsecondary Student Success

Transportation is a significant barrier facing #RealCollege students. This project will build a rigorous body of evidence on the efficacy of transportation supports in diverse locations, specifically: (1) a discounted “U-Pass” for community college students in Los Angeles; (2) free unlimited Metrocards for students enrolled at the City University of New York; and (3) free …

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Hope Supports Launch of Swipe Out Hunger Pilot Program at Temple University

Today Temple University students have access to new support for their basic needs, as a Swipe Out Hunger pilot program opens on campus.  Swipes for Philadelphia will provide 1,000 emergency meals for food-insecure students during the 2019-2020 academic school year. The Temple pilot is the brainchild of AaronRey Ebreo, Director of Student Basic Needs for Temple …

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New Projects to Fight Basic Needs Insecurity Among #RealCollege Students

With support from Arnold Ventures, we are launching a new partnership with two nonprofits to address food and housing insecurity on college campuses. Too many students leave college without credentials because life, logistics, and a lack of money got in the way. Our research reveals that #RealCollege students are the new majority, but they are often …

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