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My name is Michelle Janaye. I am a co-founder and assistant director for The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Initiative.

Michelle on HOPE.

The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Initiative has changed my life. The work that we do at HOPE Scholarship reminds me that young people can have an impact on society NOW. It reminds me that young people can transform communities NOW. Our philanthropic endeavors prove that you don’t have to be rich or old or gifted or talented to make a difference. We can use what we have, to do what we can, right where we are … NOW!

Michelle on education.

I would not be where I am today, if I had not had access to a quality education – period. Everybody, regardless of their socioeconomic income, deserves access to great teachers, a stimulating curriculum and a supportive learning environment. I believe that to educate a young person is to empower a family, uplift a community, sustain a people and improve a generation.

Michelle on the challenges HOPE Scholarship faces.

Our organization’s ability to survive and thrive is very much dependent on the generosity of others. During these sluggish economic times, it’s more difficult for people and businesses to be as generous as they could be in better economic times. Doing great things with few resources is a challenge. We have to be creative and work collaboratively with comparable organizations.

Michelle on philanthropy.

We’re learning that there is a psychology to  philanthropy that we must understand to be successful. The reasons why people give and how much they give are largely driven by emotion. To curb the tide of anemic alumni giving among HBCU populations, we have understand why this population isn’t giving already and remind them why they should.

Live HOPE. Give HOPE.

Michelle Janaye
Assistant Director
The H.O.P.E. Scholarship