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Hope Street Youth Development

1157 N Piatt
Wichita, KS 67214

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Contact Information:
Brad Thomison
Executive Director

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School

Inner City

Grade Level


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


For 20 years, Hope Street Youth Development has worked to create opportunities for young people to be empowered to make choices that will affect their lives and communities. Hope Street is a youth-led organization. Students and adults work in partnership to develop programs that connect the interest of the students will real-world skills they will need to succeed. Our current programs involve professional development, financial literacy, service learning, academic support, college prep, summer, and break programming. In all of our focus areas, students are the decision makers. It is our mission to engage young people in opportunities where they gain leadership skills, tools for academic success, and grow as a person holistically to become successful, productive and aware citizens. We are creating a world where youth are empowered to Think, Speak, and Act for themselves in their school and community.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Behavior Management/Discipline, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Computer Assisted Instruction, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Extended-School/Summer Program, Extra Curricular, Family/Parental Involvement, GED, Literacy Development, Study Skills, Substance Abuse, Teen Pregnancy, Life Skills Training, Ninth Grade Academy, Small Learning Communities

Starting Date: 1990
Students Served Per Year: 50-250
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High number of work hours
  • Parenthood
  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • No extracurricular participation
  • Misbehavior

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Low education level of parents
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Low educational expectations
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

School factors

  • School size: too small/too large
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Student engagement

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Local labor market/neighborhood stability

Program promotes the following:


  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Self efficacy


  • Optimistic


  • Academic support
  • Instruction on behavior and social skills
  • Development of vocational skills
  • Help students to address problems that interfere with learning

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $100,000 - $200,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Local/City/County Agencies
Faith Based Organizations

Graduation Coaches

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Computer/Internet Based

Sedgwick County Health Department, University of Kansas Medical Center, Wichita Independent Neighborhood Associations

Evaluation Information:

In the past 4 years, 100% of student who actively participated in the program graduated from high school. Students who participated in the program for less than 6 months were slightly less likely to finish. Individual planning and coaching helped connect the students to the program as well as the school and ensured the highest level of success based on current status when the student joined the program.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

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