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Stuart Haruyama
Oct 30, 2015

RISD Serves Introduces - Mt. Hope Learning Center

Oct 30, 2015 by Stuart Haruyama

Over the coming weeks, RISD Serves will be introducing our formalized community partnerships to the RISD campus. Through these partnerships, we hope to create mutually beneficial collaborations between the participating organizations and RISD students. Current partners include:

  • AS220
  • Providence Children’s Museum
  • Mt. Hope Learning Center
  • CityArts for Youth

This week’s featured organization is…

The Mt. Hope Learning Center, started in 1998, is an accessible, safe, and nurturing place for residents of the Mt. Hope neighborhood to learn valuable skills and enrich their lives. Located just north of RISD, the Learning Center works together with parents, volunteers, community organizations and schools to help neighborhood residents overcome barriers to success. Programs include after-school classes at MLK Elementary School, community socializers, and STEAM initiatives.

RISD’s partnership with the Mt. Hope Learning Center aims to further integrate art, design, and service into the fabric of our communities. Opportunities include long-term volunteer and work-study positions at the Learning Center, as well as the annual MLK Day of Service held each January.

Fun Facts about Mt. Hope Learning Center:

  • The Young Women’s group is funded by the Miriam Hospital and offers middle and high school students the opportunity to maximize their individual development.
  • Last year a new Lego robotics team that is co-sponsored by Nathan Bishop Middle School’s after-school program won first prize in their competition.
  • Mt. Hope brings in live animals and produces variety shows once a month, with special guests appearing throughout the year in their after-school program.

How can you get involved?  

Come join us for an information meeting on Tuesday, November 3rd at 7pm in the Carr Haus conference room to learn more about teaching assistant (TA) positions at Mt. Hope. TA’s develop lesson plans and teach elementary school students in STEAM curriculum, and can receive $10/hour (if federal work study eligible). Unpaid volunteers positions are also available. Mt. Hope staff will be in attendance for this information meeting to answer questions and help with paperwork. Contact Sophie or Kathia with questions!

Each community partner has Community Liaisons who support and promote the partnership at RISD and in the wider Providence community. This year’s Community Liaisons at Mt. Hope are Sophie Chien (Foundation Studies ‘19) and Kathia St. Hilaire (Printmaking ’17). Please contact Sophie or Kathia if you are interested in getting involved at the Learning Center.