Who We Are
The Hope Center is committed to providing access to a more comprehensive, centralized and easy to use system that assists homeschoolers, homemakers and parents with events management, locating relevant articles and information, and connecting with social networks in their local area — wherever that is on the globe. Our aim is to bridge the gap between the various homeschooling, homemaking, and parenting groups within the local regions and beyond.
Where We Were
The Hope Center started in 2012 shortly after a Homeschool 101 workshop in Toronto. The Hope Center launched its first series of programs as a Co-operative Early Years and Middle Years Center for Homeschoolers. Its focus was to provide group lesson through parent-led mentorship program. Experienced homeschoolers acted a mentors for newer homeschoolers, which helped them to learn how to teach their children and others.
The Early Years and Middle Years programs were parent-child programs, not drop-off programs. All parents where expected to participate in making the program a success. As a result, the programs were able to be run at a nominal cost that covered expenses for the materials. Parents participated in the facilitation of Hope Center’s programs by either teaching sessions, reading to the children, preparing the snacks, organizing the arts and craft activities, monthly group field trips and monthly potlucks. The Hope Center also invited businesses that specialized in providing educational workshops to schools, to our site, so that our homeschooled kids would not miss out on this opportunity and parents would be able to benefit from the group rates.
The hard work and dedication of many of the parents, developed into the planning and organizing of a wide range of new events, workshops, programs, and activities in and around Toronto. Some of which are still being run at the venue in which the Hope Center first started.
Where We’re Going
Hope Center was started with the idea that the homeschooling community could be connected. Homeschoolers that are in remote locations, or homeschooling abroad could remain connected to the people that understand their needs, their community, and speak their language. We had a vision that homeschooling communities and co-ops could be established in many different city.
It is our hope that existing social networks could work together to ensure that when one family moves from one city to another, that they could quickly be able to find the homeschooling network in their new city to continue their homeschooling and have the support network of like-minded people close at hand.
Parents having the ability to have first-hand experience with organizing and running programs and events, makes it easier for parents and students to have access to many different programs that fit their schedules and their child’s interest. It also makes a way for there to be a multitude of learning playgroups, workshops, co-op and events for our children. Now, when these parents and families relocate, it also gives them the ability to start something new in their new area to benefit themselves and others.
The Hope Center is continuously evolving to meet the needs of the community. We have relaunched our website to include some resources and tools that have been identified as needs in our community. We are sure that this will also be of benefit to homeschoolers globally. The Hope Center’s new website features a community event calendar, user submitted events, online event registration, business directory, discussion forum commenting system, resource listing, printables and blog articles pertaining to homeschooling, homemaking, and parenting.
We believe that the Hope Center would be a service to the community and we are always looking for new ways to improving our services. We would really appreciate hearing from you about ways we can assist you and other by customizing our services to meet your needs.