New Hope has been providing services free of charge to Oklahoma children who have a parent in prison since 1992. The critical need for our programs has grown year after year in Oklahoma, which currently holds one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. Over the past 21 years, our programs have greatly expanded to include after-school programs, weekend retreats, holiday parties, and case management services.
New Hope provides eleven weekly school-based programs in seven schools. These programs and Monday community based programs focus on issues like peer pressure, self-respect, self-efficacy, and making healthy choices using an evidence based circle format where participants can express themselves through arts and crafts, games, journaling and discussions. Tuesday evening after school programs focus on arts and sciences, and a sample of activities include pottery, drumming, dance, photography, culinary arts, and science based projects. Wednesday evening community-based programs focus on recreation for healthy development.
New Hope's summer camps provide a week of fun and learning for children ages 8-18 throughout the state. New Hope provides four age based residential camps as well as an Arts and Science Camp and Counselor-In-Training Camp.
New Hope’s case management program began in 2012. New Hope has provided social service coordination for years, but now has a dedicated program to assess needs and coordinate community services for our families who may be experiencing crises. The agency believes that this added client and family support program will significantly increase children’s outcomes.
New Hope also helps children enjoy the holidays through community events. New Hope offers a back to school party with school supplies to help children start off the school year on the right foot, a Halloween party with safe trick-or-treating, thanksgiving baskets, a holiday party with gifts for children to take home and unwrap, a Valentines party, and a spring party complete with an egg hunt. In addition to helping lift the burden on often-overburdened families, these events bring fun and solidarity to our New Hope community.
Finally, New Hope offers horse retreats, canoe retreats, and a counselor-in-training retreat for children ages 11-18 throughout the school year.