Upward Hope Academy: A Crown Jewel on Galveston Island
There’s a place where lives are being changed and that place is in Upward Hope Academy
at St. Vincent’s Episcopal House. UHA currently has 90 students including 20 ESL students
enrolled for the Fall semester of 2014. This one room schoolhouse for at-risk youth in
grades 9 - 12 is located in the “Tree House” under the capable loving leadership of
educator, Ms. Kathy Whatley. Students attend half or whole day sessions depending
on their work schedules and court mandates. Upward Hope Academy nurtures students
on a “safe campus” with positive activities and programs, such as the Junior Optimist
Club or Lemonade Day. Because they learn to love learning, many continue on after
graduation at Galveston College, Texas A&M, Galveston, College of the Mainland, Texas
Southern University; the US Army, Navy, and the Marines while others continue on in
vocational and technical training or become employed in their chosen fields.
In August 2014, this crown jewel on Galveston Island received accreditation by
AdvancED and is now accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools. All students who complete the personalized outlined curriculum receive
a high school diploma. Many are the first in their family to graduate from high school.
Hope Academy began in 2008 and over 300 students have graduated since that time.
This is a true “last chance” school for at-risk teenagers to help them change
directions to become productive members of society. Ms. Whatley says, “there are
NO throw-away children” and at St. Vincent’s House there is always HOPE!
St. Vincent’s Episcopal House, Galveston Sustainable Communities Alliance, and
Family Service Center of Galveston are partnering to offer THE INCREDIBLE YEARS,
a program designed to teach and develop parenting skills for parents and
grandparents of preschool and kindergarten age children. This program will
help family members and teachers to raise academically bright, socially and
emotionally healthy children. A delicious evening meal will be served along
with tips for dealing with the Terrible Twos and Trying Threes. The program
will begin in October and last nine-weeks. Space is limited to first come first served.
For more information, please contact Ms. Patricia Johnson at St. Vincent’s
St. Vincent’s Episcopal House is now a proud participant in the AmazonSmile program offered by Amazon.com for charitable enterprises.
Now, when you purchase on Amazon, use this link http://smile.amazon.com to have Amazon donate 0.5% of your purchase price to St. Vincent’s House.
When shopping online, shop the smile.Amazon.com site and select St. Vincent’s House as YOUR charity of choice.
(Also, please remember to select the Donate button on our website to make a tax-deductible donation to STVH and to become a member of “Team Hope.”)