What We Achieve

New Hope’s objective is to break the cycle of generational incarceration through hope and opportunities for children of prisoners. Year after year we serve over 400 children, many of whom become the first in their families to complete high school.

New Hope administers and collects pre and post surveys on all student participants in order to measure the effectiveness of the program, adjust future activities, tailor lessons as needed for greater impact, and disseminate to the school, funders, and public the benefits of New Hope programs.

The current environment for nonprofit organizations is one of performance based funding. New Hope is committed to demonstrating our effectiveness in changing or mitigating the social, psychological, and situational difficulties experienced by our clients. We do not simply ask children a series of questions we author in an environment that may alter results, but are instead proud to provide ethical, scientifically based results regarding our program outcomes.

New Hope collects both qualitative and quantitative survey data using applied research methodology. To analyze the survey data, descriptive statistics are examined using independent samples t-tests. Surveys utilized include the empirically based Children’s Hope Scale, the Generalized Self-Efficacy Scale, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem scale, among others, as well as questions specific to our population. New Hope is fortunate enough to enjoy a working relationship with the University of Oklahoma’s Center of Applied Research for Non-Profit Organizations, and together with the center provides scientifically based results for all of the programs in which children participate. We are proud that year after year we have seen statistically significant gains in the emotional and psychological well-being of our children.


Words of Hope

From child participants:

  • “[I learned to] channel my anger just way better. I learned how deal about not being mad all the time because my dad is in prison.”

  • “Anger doesn’t mean that I have to hurt people.”

  • “How to deal with grief and stress problems.”

  • “I learned patience and to persevere in school even though life can be hard.”

  • “Attack the problem and not the person. Make right choices because of the roller coaster.” [The roller coaster is a metaphor in our curriculum that teaches self-respect and self-determination.]
  • “I love a lot of stuff that we did. It affected my life a lot. I made new friends and saw my old frends and I hope to come every year in the future. “

  • “New Hope helped me become the first person in my family to graduate from the 8th grade. It’s helped me get farther in high school than anyone in my family ever has, and even though my momma can’t be there, I know next year everyone at New Hope’s gonna be there cheering me on when I become the first person in my family to graduate school. I hope to pursue a career in the military, and I hope to come back and help kids like me.”

From caregivers of child participants:

What changes, if any, have you seen in your child after attending New Hope programs? 

  • “Happier, more friends. Love the teachers, always talk about how much fun it is.”

  • “Less trouble at school, his anger problems are not a problem at school.”

  • “Attitude and behavior needs have decreased.”

  • “Respectful, making friends.”

  • “Happier, more trusting children.”

  • “Positive attitudes, respect towards adults.”

  • “Self-worth, anger management, coping skills, overall happiness.”

  • “Friendlier, outgoing, happier.”

  • “More confidence, upbeat, able to control emotions.”

  • “[I appreciate] the connection with positive role models. My children have a lot of strong characteristics learned from New Hope. This program is a true blessing to my children and I truly believe New Hope has helped shape my children for success! Thank you New Hope!!!”