July/August 2016

Dear Friends of The Hope Center:

In its second year, our Internship Program is making incredible headway in preparing our young people with the skills they need to enter the workforce. 

It was clear to us in working with these young people over the past few years that one of their greatest needs is in the area of employment. We noticed that they age out of foster care without any real work experience, they have gotten fired repeatedly from jobs in the past, they did not have a resume, nor did they understand the fundamentals of how to dress for a job interview or on-the-job, or expected behavior while at work. 

So, we developed our Career Development Program to address this need. Our young people participate in a paid, supportive internship at a non-profit organization. These internships are hands-on, dynamic, and expose our young people to important work-related skills. 

Perhaps even more importantly, these internships also afford our young people with the opportunity to be exposed to broader social justice issues in their community and to become leaders, ultimately empowering our youth to give back to society as a whole. 

We couldn't be prouder of the accomplishments of our young men and women this summer, the contributions they've made to their jobs, and the growth they've experienced, as they work to transition from foster care to adulthood successfully. 

Thank you to all of our supporters who believe in our work with young people aging out of foster care. 

Rashidah Myrie
Interim Executive Director
The Hope Center
2016 Internship Program Successes:

  • 100% of participants are better prepared to enter the workforce;
  • 100% of participants have a better understanding of workplace expectations;
  • 100% learned about different types of careers and career paths;
  • 100% improved their time management skills;
  • 75% gained new computer skills;
  • 88% learned how to better manage their money;
  • 100% are proud of how they performed and found the experience to be worthwhile.
Highlight: The Power of Internships

Our 2016 Internship Program has come to a close and our young people have loved their experiences! 17 young people have had jobs this summer at various non-profits throughout our community. One young person said "It's fun here. I don't even consider it work. When you do something you enjoy, it doesn't feel like work." Some have even been offered jobs after their internship is over. 

One of our non-profit partners notes "we are impressed with our experiences of the Internship Program that The Hope Center offers to us, as employers, and most importantly, to its young adults entering the scary work force. We can not say enough wonderful things about it! We enjoyed having our intern learn the ropes so much so, that she is now our must called upon weekend party associate! We can't wait to meet our next intern!"

We are very thankful to our non-profit partners who work with our young people to provide meaningful work experiences, including The Green Chair ProjectPoe Center for Health EducationHabitat for Humanity Restore Wake CountyArtopiaNorth Carolina Theatre ConservatoryNorth Raleigh MinistriesSPCA of Wake CountyCAM RaleighArtspaceInter-Faith Food Shuttle, and 4H Youth Development. Thank you too to Wake County Human Services for partnering with us on this program. 

Where To
Find Us



We are always in need of items on our wish list to help our young people as they set up their apartments.  For a complete list, click here.
 We are always looking for volunteer mentors and tutors for our young people.  Click here to find out more information about how to get involved.
Donations of any amount help sustain the work we do with young men and women aging out of foster care.  Click here to find out more!

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1801 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27605