Power of Hope Society

Power of Hope unleashes the positive potential of youth through arts-centered camps and programs that value self-awareness, leadership, environmental stewardship, community and social change.

Power of Hope SocietyOur Impact Why We Exist

Power of Hope (POH) is a non-religious, non-profit organization founded in the USA in 1996 by Charlie Murphy and Peggy Taylor. The organization was founded on their belief that youth, regardless of their circumstances, constitute a dynamic, untapped resource for community renewal and social change. The Power of Hope has been active in BC since its inception, and received Canadian charitable status in 2005. It is governed by a Board of Directors and has its offices in Victoria, BC.

Since 1996, we have provided intensive opportunities that enhance the lives of youth.The quality of our programs is outstanding due to our adult to youth ratio being two to one.

Specific outcomes reported by youth, parents, and counsellors include:

  • Decreased school dropout rates
  • Decreased cigarette, alcohol, and drug use
  • Improved relationships with parents and peers
  • Increased civic/community involvement, including youth starting environmental clubs, multicultural clubs, and mentoring programs
  • Increased involvement with the arts
  • Increased pursuit of higher education

We have witnessed many remarkable transformations from positions of hopelessness, anger, and self-destruction to positions of leadership, hope, and empowerment. Over 65% of our participants receive financial aid to attend our fee-based, multi-day, residential programs. We turn away no youth due to inability to pay.

Power of Hope Society music and danceOur Story What We Do

Power of Hope (POH) is a non-religious, non-profit organization founded in the USA in 1996 by Charlie Murphy and Peggy Taylor. The organization was founded on their belief that youth, regardless of their circumstances, constitute a dynamic, untapped resource for community renewal and social change. The Power of Hope has been active in BC since its inception, and received Canadian charitable status in 2005. It is governed by a Board of Directors and has its offices in Victoria, BC.

POH provides empowering, experiential, arts-focused programs for youth, and training and workshops for adults working with youth. Participants come from throughout North America and around the world, from a wide range of cultures, backgrounds and life situations. Programs include week-long summer leadership camps, and during the school year, leadership workshops, after-school programs and weekend conferences. In total, almost 900 youth are served each year through the programs offered by POH Canada.

Power of Hope Society artOur Programs How We Do It

  • Power of Hope's eight-day summer camps are for teens ages 14 to 18 who want to explore the arts and take an active role in their communities (see more below).
  • Art of Leadership is a high-energy creative facilitation training for young leaders ages 14-18 who are interested in leading groups and organizing events using the arts.  
  • Hip Hop Hope! is an intensive, five-day camp program where youth participants learn technical aspects of music production and create positive messages through spoken word and hip hop music. Through the production of a CD and annual CD release event, many people are connected with the music and messages of our talented youth participants. First Nations youth were 90% of the participants of POH's last camp on Vancouver Island during the spring of 2011.

support Power of Hope SocietyWhat You Can Do

Your best option to support the kids, your monthly gift goes directly into supporting youth in the arts. Life-changing results ensue...!

More of your dollars go directly to program work - here's how:

  • When we know what's coming in each month, we can budget long-term
  • Which means we can focus on helping kids gain confidence
  • Your gift is spent on programs

How will you know that your gifts are used prudently and efficiently?

You will receive regular updates about how you are supporting young adults and artists achieve their full potential.

Contact

Gita John-Iyam
Executive Director
250.381.4673
Charitable Number: 855793345RR0001

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