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Smiling for the Camera

Helping Our Adolescents Prosper (HOAP) is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 founded in June 2013. Our mission and vision are strategically crafted to educate, empower, and nurture underserved youth and adolescents including young mothers (mothers-to-be) by serving as their safety net and personal guide to overcome their lived experiences while helping them navigate the pathway to prosperity.

About HOAP

At HOAP, we are committed to developing the next generation of introspective thinkers and resilient young adults through our coordinated community mobilization, staunch advocacy, and mentorship programs. We believe that by maximizing young people’s natural potential, we can help them sustain enriching and self-fulfilling lives. Our team is made up of passionate and experienced professionals who are dedicated to empowering young people to reach their full potential. We offer a range of services, including mentorship, coaching, and community outreach programs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support you and your community.

Our organization addresses and diminishes risky behaviors among youth& adolescents, instilling positive lifestyle changes and making room for informed and healthier life choices by providing the following services:


  • Empowering educational workshops

Our empowering educational workshops for our youth take place both in school and remotely through our partnerships with GrandRapids Public Schools, Kentwood Public Schools, and the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center. Workshops for our young mothers are offered virtually and in person. Every month we upload educational videos to our YouTube channel. Our young mothers program, Parentpreneuer provides a 6-week series of workshops around the same three pillars tailored to fit their needs.



  • Transportation supporters

Moms on Wheels provides our low-income mothers ages and their children access to safe, trustworthy, affordable, and reliable transportation to get to and from their non-emergency appointments, including school, work, and grocery shopping. Moms on Wheels is a solution to a problem. Moms on Wheels increase health & wellness, employment, early learning opportunities, and education completion among our HOAP moms& their children. Overall, this program positions young mothers to prepare for the pathway to sustaining permanent housing.



  • Assistance with their basic essential needs

Hygiene items, diapers, and formula

Our Team.

HOAP is proud to have a board of directors who are committed to the organization's mission of providing resources to underserved youth and adolescents, with a specific focus on young mothers. Learn more about the expertise and experience of each board member below.

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