Letter from Executive Director

Patricia Rivera

Kristin White, our wonderful new Program Manager.

Kristin White, our wonderful new Program Manager.

Dear Friends of Chicago HOPES for Kids,

April has ushered in showers and the change from winter to spring. This spring there have been changes at HOPES as well. Amanda Miley, our Program Manager for the past 3+ years, has resigned to accept a position as the Director of Development for Injustice Watch. Amanda was the first full time staff member hired by HOPES and made some crucial contributions to our programs, including implementing the Benchmark Assessment System for our students; a program curriculum for fall and spring and our Literacy Mentor program. We owe her our gratitude for helping bring HOPES to the level it is today and wish her the best in her new position.

Now, I would like to introduce Kristin White, our new Program Manager. You may have known Kristin as a former VISTA (Volunteer In Service to America) for HOPES and then as our Volunteer Coordinator. Kristin is a graduate of Indiana University where she majored in Anthropology and Central Eurasian Studies. Kristin was a program assistant and teacher for the Explo program in Boston following college graduation and we are overjoyed to have her move into the Program Manager position!

As we look for a special person to become our new Volunteer Coordinator, I want to thank Kristin for her outstanding work managing our volunteer program; and thank our VISTA members for helping make this transition go smoothly.

Wishing you a warm and wonderful Spring,

Patricia Rivera