The Students for Playgrounds Project

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On July 7, 2020
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Students for Playgrounds The mission of Students for Playgrounds is to fundraise $13,000 to build an accessible playground at Centro de Educación Especial Alida España de Arana in Guatemala City.  Alida España de Arana is the only government run, special education school for children and teens with disabilities in all of Guatemala City. Alida España de Arana’s play areas are lacking and unable to accommodate their students. Also, many of the children who attend Alida España de Arana come from the surrounding garbage dump communities and do not have routine access to safe, clean, or accessible play areas.  Our program seeks to involve people, especially students, of all backgrounds and […]
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Meet Jeffrey, HOPE’S IN Medical Program Intern

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On May 12, 2020
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Here at HOPE’S IN, we value the dedication and insights from volunteers of all ages and stages of life! This Spring and Summer, we are grateful to have Jeffrey volunteering as an Intern for our Medical Program. HOPE’S IN community, meet Jeffrey! Hello, I’m Jeffrey! I will enter my junior year as a Biochemistry major at Loyola University Chicago in the fall of 2020, and I enthusiastically look forward to the opportunity to work with the people at Hope’s In during my internship this summer. I learned about Hope’s In through an on-campus Global Health Club of which I am a proud member. Some of my fellow club members have […]
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The Hope’s in Academy Feature: Meet Sophia

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On April 17, 2020
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The Hope’s in Academy is a program that HOPE’S IN runs in District 220 of Illinois! The program is for Freshmen in high school to learn about social advocacy and gain the skills and confidence to start and implement social impact projects! The Hope’s in Academy is one of our core initiatives in our mission to help develop the next generation of humanitarian leaders. This program is funded by a local foundation called the Barrington Area Community Foundation and is lead by our Executive Director Courtney McGovern and by Dr. Heath McFaul and Amy Winkelman of Barrington High School. In an effort to share more about what the Hope’s in […]
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“Dr. Shankar Improves Health and Homes in Guatemala”

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On February 7, 2020
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“Shelter and access to medical care are basic necessities that are often in short supply in Guatemala. When Pediatric Hospitalist Lavanya Shankar, MD, learned of an opportunity to volunteer at medical clinic and build houses around Guatemala City with her teenage daughter, Sanjana, she jumped at the chance.   “I’ve always wanted to get involved in global health to help others in need,” says Dr. Shankar. “I’m getting a graduate degree in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety, and it goes hand-in-hand with this effort.” I also want to teach the next generation what the world is about and to help them recognize they have so much to offer.”   Last August, Dr. Shankar, […]
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The Hope’s in Academy Feature: Meet Ananya

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On January 27, 2020
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The Hope’s in Academy is a program that HOPE’S IN runs in District 220 of Illinois! The program is for Freshmen in high school to learn about social advocacy and gain the skills and confidence to start and implement social impact projects! The Hope’s in Academy is one of our core initiatives in our mission to help develop the next generation of humanitarian leaders. This program is funded by a local foundation called the Barrington Area Community Foundation and is lead by our Executive Director Courtney McGovern and by Dr. Heath McFaul and Amy Winkelman of Barrington High School. In an effort to share more about what the Hope’s in […]
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Dr. Tricia Gears Up for Guatemala

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On July 23, 2019
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This year, HOPE’S IN is so excited for our teams to go to Guatemala! Our summer Service Learning Exchange will host 77 volunteers who will work with seven families to build their new home together, host two weeks of medical clinics alongside local doctors, and strengthen relationships with two children’s homes that have recieved medical grants from us this year. Also, some of our volunteers will get to spend time with our community group for teen mothers and at-risk girls. It will be two very full weeks! As we get ready for our first team to arrive, we asked Dr. Tricia, a volunteer going for the first time, to share […]
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Hope’s In Academy: Alina’s Experience

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On July 16, 2019
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“As a group, we learned that with dedication and commitment, we can reach even beyond our goal to make Barrington High school plastic-free.” -Alina Khan, Sophomore at BHS Below is a reflection from Alina, a student from the first graduating class of the Hope’s In Academy. The Hope’s In Academy is a leadership development program for Freshmen in District 220. The program teaches students about nonprofit management, social impact, and leadership. Each group within the program created a service project to put their knowledge to the test. Next school year, we will welcome the second class of the Hope’s In Academy thanks to a grant from the Barrington Area Community […]
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Annual HOPE’S IN Award Empowers Next Generation of Humanitarian Leaders

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On April 12, 2018
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“Two Barrington High School students were announced as winners of the 2nd annual HOPE’S IN Humanitarian Award during the organization’s 6th annual fashion show fundraiser. Thanks to the award, Sophomore Kelly Speichinger and Senior Maureen Kozlowski are headed to Guatemala City this summer to help HOPE’S IN volunteers build homes for families living in Zone-3, a garbage dump community. Nearly 300 people attended this year’s fashion show which raised over $61,000, enough to build eight homes.”   Read full article here. 
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My Trip Reflection: Kate

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On September 1, 2016
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Sweat dripped down my brow and snaked down my back as I scampered down the alleyway, careful not to trip on an upturned rock. The sun scorched the top of my head but I paid no mind to it as I focused on the task at hand, beating these kids at soccer. I flashed a hard earned smile towards my brother before quickly kicking the ball his way. Rejected! Axel, one of the older boys, intercepted my pass and swiftly dribbled the ball away from us. He shot it past two trashcans and the ball slammed into the wall of a house shaking its tin core. I grimaced and hoped […]
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Jim: Raul’s Story

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On August 11, 2014
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Raul was homeless and alone at age eight. Potter’s House has established a network of community leaders who are trained to support and encourage people in the community. It was a community leader that took in Raul and now introduces herself as his Mom. She is a true hero. These situations are common in a community where tragedy is routine and half the families are lead by single mothers. I worked and played with Raul every day this week and as our last day arrived I knew that I may not see him again. A lot happens in the garbage dump community and there is no guarantee I will return […]
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