The Circle of Hope, a grassroots, community-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to reducing v Washington, MD.
Hank Johnson is the Co-Founder and President of the Circle of H.O.P.E. Growing up in the Birchwood neighborhood of Oxon Hill, MD, he was introduced early on to a life of hard times. Even during these times however, his gift for leadership was unmistakable. While serving a five year prison sentence, Hank lost a close friend and mentee to street violence. Feeling as though he failed in guiding his f
riend to a better life, Hank decided to choose a different life – one that would put him on a path to greatness, and help end the violence and self-destruction associated with young African Americans in the Prince George’s County, Maryland neighborhoods. Hank attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, MD, and obtained his GED in 2001. He currently attends PG Community College (Largo, MD), studying in the field of Mass Communication, and works in Facilities Management at Ebenezer AME Church in Ft. In 2004, Hank was featured in the Washington Post for accepting a peace treaty that ended a long term, historical beef between his former crew in Birchwood and the Shadow High crew (Oxon Hill, MD). He has worked as a counselor to the youth in PG County and is now dedicated to the empowerment of youth and young adults through the Circle of H.O.P.E.
Jamal Spratley, Co-Founder and CEO of the Circle of H.O.P.E.; was born in Petersburg, Virginia, and grew up in Southeast Washington, DC. Having a father who was notorious in the street life, he was introduced to a life of crime and violence from childhood. Despite the negative influences in his life, Jamal went on to graduate from McKinley Technical High School in 1991, and in 1992, he enrolled as a student at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), where he initially sought a degree in criminology. In 2002, he returned to UDC and in 2003 received three certifications in Information Technology. Jamal, a former member of the Birchwood crew in Oxon Hill, Maryland, turned his life around after losing a close friend to the streets in December of 2003. A naturally well-spoken young man, he began to use his gifts for communication and leadership to help educate and uplift his community. For two years (2003 – 2005), Jamal taught computer networking to adults for a Washington, DC based, non-profit organization called Byte Back. In 2004, he was featured in the Washington Informer for his efforts to end street violence, in which he hosted a Father’s Day Celebration and Stop the Violence Rally in conjunction with the ROOT Organization (Washington, DC). Gifted in film editing, Jamal founded Instant Inner Vision, a video production company, in 2004. The company currently serves a wide range of clientele in the DC Metro Area from Capitol Hill to the church community. Jamal works diligently at being a positive role model and providing a platform of opportunity for the youth and young adults in the Prince George’s County and DC Metropolitan areas.
Long Live Jamal H. Spratley
Blessed are the Peacemakers! 🙏🏾
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Happy Birthday Brother Malcolm X...... we Love You King!
The Circle of Hope continues our mission to Heal.Our. Personal. Environment today and everyday "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
It's a honor to be here at Course Correction on the King's birthday 🎉 thank you Silky Slim
Living the dream for the king 👑 "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"
Campers create a one minute skit using their surroundings ! More videos from campers coming soon.
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H.Y.P.E film camp discusses the element of the story after a movie outing
H.Y.P. E film camp goes beyond the walls today practicing lines in the park with a morning snack☺️
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Jamal preparing his lesson plan for H.Y.P.E video camp for kids presented to you by The Circle of Hope.
Free film camp!!!!!!!
Don't miss out on an amazing opportunity for you children to be a part of something great! Local film maker is offering a free film camp to dc area children. Sign up today and your children will start tomorrow.
H.Y.P.E Film Camp
Circle of Hope presents... H.Y.P.E Film Camp for kids will offer children everything you need to produce your very own creative short film. Camp will be lead by master videographer and film maker Jamal Sprately. Jamal has more than 15 years of experience in film and has been teaching children throug...
Circle of Hope presents...
H.Y.P.E Film Camp for kids will offer children everything you need to produce your very own creative short film. Camp will be lead by master videographer and film maker Jamal Sprately. Jamal has more than 15 years of experience in film and has been teaching children through out Prince George's County schools for nearly a decade. We are excited to help children take their film from first idea to the big screen. Our camp will teach children ages 8 to 14 casting, script writing, intro to editing, directing for film, and so much more!
***This is a free half day camp from 10am to 2pm daily July 17th to 28th
Documentary coming soon...... The Life and Time of Henry J........
HEPL IS HERE! Contact us today to Help turn your troubled one around..... Because remember, it takes a Village to raise a Kid!
Beyond Hope clothing drive is in full affect! We're taking clothing in ANY CONDITION! Cut up, bleached up, it don't matter, we NEED IT! We pick up and you make the appt. inbox me for pick ups! Thanks
Being there for someone just for a minute could mean a life time for them.......
Come out this Thursday and support The Circle of HOPE's Healing our Personal Environment Benefit Concert featuring Earnest Pugh! Admission is free! We're celebrating the anniversary of the historic peace treaty signed between our neighborhoods, which brought us together and birthed The Circle of HOPE.
The Circle of HOPE
-Community Outreach Program-
Edgewood Management and The Circle of HOPE
The Circle of Hope runs a mentoring program in partnership with Edgewood Management’s Park Forest apartment community in the Glassmanor neighborhood of Prince George's County. The community mentorship program focuses on high school aged teens in the community, who are at risk for involvement in gang activity. We provide character building activities for these youth, and give them positive activities to take part in. We also provide life-skills training, financial literacy training, and job/career preparedness.
The Circle of HOPE
-After School Programs-
Forest Heights Middle School
Oxon Hill Middle School
These programs provide mentoring and multimedia training to students attending these two schools in Prince George’s County. The program goals focus on averting negative behavior by providing a consistent support system in the lives of socially maladjusted youth and demonstrating alternative methods of self-expression through creative multimedia projects. Youth are trained in multimedia, videography, cinematography, web journalism and blogging.
The Circle of HOPE in THE MEDIA
December 9, 2009---> The Sentinel
OXON HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL HONORS BUSINESSES, COMMUNITY PARTNERS AT PIE BREAKFAST EVENT
Oxon Hill Middle School honored over a dozen business and nonprofit groups at a recent Partners in Education breakfast. The community partners were recognized for providing everything from food, to tutoring, to Wizards tickets for students over the past year.
The Circle of Hope in THE MEDIA
December 22, 2009---> The Sentinel
NEW PROGRAM GIVES HOPE TO STUDENTS
Photo by Nancy Royden. Left, Jamal Spratley and Hank Johnson, founders of Circle of H.O.P.E. (Healing Our Personal Environment), speak with members of the newly formed Men of Carroll during a meeting at Charles Carroll Middle School in New Carrollton Dec. 16. The group was organized to promote acade...
The Circle of HOPE in THE MEDIA
July 26, 2007---> Gazette.Net
FORMER GANG MEMBERS WANT TO PROMOTE PEACE
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