HOPE College Leadership Program
The HOPE College Leadership Program is a hybrid leadership development program that fosters a network of support for College Latinas to ensure they have the resources necessary to complete college, enter the workforce, and contribute to their communities. The goal of the program is increased graduation rates, soft skill development, and successful workforce integration.
Launched in 2016, the program has engaged 340 participants to date. The HCLP has a college completion rate of 63% within 5 years, compared to the national average of 58% within 6 years.
Latina (self-identified as being Latina)
Must come from low-income or underserved community
Currently enrolled as an undergraduate college student or graduate student
Must be between 18-24 years old
The program is geared towards First Generation college students (parents are not college grads), but all are encouraged to apply regardless of meeting this criteria
Must have a demonstrated commitment to community
Must submit a complete application packet for consideration
Participants from HOPE’s key priority areas are encouraged to apply: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, or Texas
Must attend the Young Professionals Summit in the Fall of 2023. Travel assistance will be available for those traveling over 100 miles
Must participate in all bi-monthly webinars
Complete individual and/or group assignments
Expected to advocate on behalf of Latinas
Contribute to Friends of HOPE Network
Volunteer or intern with HOPE
HCLP is tuition-free. HOPE will cover the registration cost for the mandatory Young Professionals Summit and will provide flight vouchers/travel reimbursements for students traveling more than 100 miles (adhering to future COVID-19 protocols). Participants are expected to pay other conference registration fees & transportation costs.
Application Requirements & Timeline:
Students have the option of applying to one of two cohorts based on their regional location. Both cohorts will begin training sessions the last week of May and scheduled in accordance with Pacific Standard Time.
Cohort 1 will meet Tuesdays biweekly 6pm - 8pm PST/ 9pm - 11pm EST & Cohort 2 will meet Thursdays biweekly 3pm - 5pm PST/ 6pm - 8pm EST.
6PM PST/9PM EST
3PM PST/6PM EST
The following are required as part of your application:
Headshot (preferably high resolution .png or .jpeg). No selfies are accepted.
Short Bio (in 3rd person highlighting your academic accomplishments)
Short Response Questions
Timeline for application:
Application Opens: February 18, 2023
Application Deadline: April 28, 2023
Accepted students notified by April 2023
Program sessions begin: May 2023
To further support the educational attainment of Latinas, HOPE will invite participants that meet all program requirements to apply for a $1,000 scholarship.
Virtual Training Sessions
Virtual training sessions that build the soft skills most desired by today's workforce, including time management, problem-solving, effective communications, teamwork, leadership, among others.
OP-ED Civics Project
The 2023 project will focus on enhancing the civic participation of college students. Program participants will be tasked with drafting an op-ed about a specific policy issue in their communities.
Young Professionals Summit
YP Summit gathers college students from across the country for a professional development conference. Scholars will have the opportunity to serve on the planning committee.
For questions or more information on the HOPE College Leadership Program contact: