Alia and Lawrence have joined our team

October has been a wonderful month for Hopeworks. We are happy to share that we now have a full life readiness team! Life readiness is so critical to Hopeworks mission and with a full team of coaches, we’ll be able to be even more effective in helping youth address patterns, set goals, and enhance their skills and professionalism to earn jobs that will lead to a sustainable future!

Join us in welcoming our new life readiness coach, Lawrence Burden. Lawrence comes to us with an incredible array of experience in helping young people change their lives. As Coordinator of Residential Services for Youth Consultation Services, Lawrence managed all aspects of a high touch residential placement for youth.  As the Fathers on Track, Program Coordinator for our friends at South Jersey Perinatal Collaborative, Lawrence mastered motivational interviewing and used that expertise to help fathers and families change their lives.

We are also extremely excited to bring Alia Sutton-Bey on board as our new Director of Operations and Youth Development!

Alia brings over two decades of community development and program management experience.  Most recently, she led the JEVS AmeriCorps TechServ Scholars program, working directly with some of our own Hopeworks youth, as well as managing the program across multiple locations, including Philadelphia, Camden, and Harrisburg.  Prior to working at JEVS, Alia led multiple recreation centers in Philadelphia, managing large, complicated teams and interacting with communities to build programs that support youth and families. Alia has also worked with several nonprofits and schools developing programs to meet the needs of youth they serve, including extensive experience in trauma-informed practice.  

Finally, Alia is a strong supporter of cultural and performing arts. She is the founder of the Philadelphia based nonprofit, African Diaspora Arts Collective, INC (ADAC). ADAC is committed to the preservation and education of traditional and contemporary African art forms.

Needless to say, we are lucky to have Alia bring all of her expertise to Hopeworks to help strengthen our programs and create lasting impact!

May 29, 2024
Jordan Sets Sail to Begin His Welding Journey at the Philly Ship Yard!

Jordan Shirer joined Hopeworks about 4 months ago, after hearing about our program, and knew that it would be a great opportunity for him to change his life! After completing his training, internship, and a grueling testing and application process,  Jordan has been accepted into the Philly Shipyard Apprenticeship Program for welding! This is an intensive […]

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May 25, 2024
First Medical Assistant Program Graduates Secure Employment!

We are thrilled to announce that after weeks of intense coursework, hands-on clinical training, and certification testing, students of our first Medical Assistant cohort has secured employment! Huge congratulations go out to Elise Vogues, Monica Amador, and Aniage Brown, for this great accomplishment. Elise and Monica have both accepted full-time job offers with Virtua Health, and Aniage Brown has received […]

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May 23, 2024
Hopeworks Takes Over #DellTechWorld Conference In Las Vegas!

Last week, a few of our young professionals were presented the amazing opportunity to attend the #DellTechWorld conference in Las Vegas! Check out this clip of our young professionals joining the CEO of Dell Technologies, Michael Dell on stage during his incredible Keynote Address  A few of the conference highlights included hearing the stories of people like Ing. Katya Echazarreta (the first […]

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