Operation Hope – Family Orientation


On Thursday, October 21, 2010 from 6:00-8:00 pm, the Unit 4 School District will host a new family orientation to the Operation Hope program at the Central High School Library Lecture Hall. The Operation Hope program provides academic, career, and college preparation assistance to high school students living in the Garden Hills and Douglass Park neighborhoods as a component of the CommUnity Matters Program. Activities include job training, college visits, tutoring, and community service work.

In 2007, the collaboration between the City of Champaign, Unit 4 School District, the Champaign Park District, and the United Way resulted in a program to address the on-going concerns involving youth living in the Garden Hills Neighborhood. This interdisciplinary team determined that programs and activities should address such issues as safety, academic support, technology, recreation, career exploration and employment. The team also determined that tailoring programs and activities to meet the specific needs of elementary, middle and high school aged youth was necessary. This collaboration is now know as the CommUnity Matters program and includes Operation Hope, the Lighted School House, and summer day camp activities. In 2010, the CommUnity Matters expanded to include youth living in the Douglass Park, Bristol Place, and Beardsley Park neighborhoods in addition to Garden Hills.