St. HOPE is pleased to provide a variety of cultural events and programs in the Oak Park community which serves the greater community. Donations allow for these important opportunities to continue throughout the year.
St. HOPE an established scholarship to help offset expenses outside of tuition that often prevent from attending their freshman year. Some of these expenses may include books, housing expenses, meal plans and transportation.
"Let's Read Oak Park" is a reading initiative for children ages 5-12. The monthly reading program at Underground Books includes children's story time, and a cultural interactive activity. Donations to support this free program will allow each child to select a book to take home to read with their family.
Sunday Movie Matinee's is a free monthly movie at the Guild Theater for families to enjoy together.
Night Market Series - Monthly pop-up marketplace at Esther's Park provides exposure and opportunity for small black-owned business owners to feature their talents and entrepreneurial skills.
Girl Luxe is a 1-day event focused on the importance of a healthy lifestyle based on self care and addressing mental, emotional, and physical health. Guided discussions include how to navigate adolescence by providing guidance on coping mechanisms, emphasizing the importance of seeking support, and lessons on how to best respond to peer and social issues using emotional intelligence.
The Annual Juneteenth Block Party takes place in and around the 40 Acres Art and Cultural Center and highlights black culture. A complete lineup of local talent including artwork, gospel music, dancing, food and black owned street and food vendors provides entertainment for the entire family.
Speaker Series features African American leaders and authors who are nationally recognized for making a difference in the areas of education, politics and economics.
The annual Christmas in Oak Park features photo with Black Santa, children's art projects & activities, story time in Underground Books and a holiday movie at the Guild Theater.