Hope Life Skills Students Attend The National Youth Leadership Forum

Hope High Life Skills student, Jose Quintanilla, asks a question to Jonathan Turley, a nationally recognized professor and scholar with extensive legal writings on constitutional law and legal theory, at this summer’s National Youth Leadership Forum on CSI and Law. Professor Turley was ranked 38th in the top 100 most cited “public intellectuals” in a recent study.  Turley was also found to be the second most cited law professor in the country. He has been repeatedly ranked in the nation’s top 500 lawyers in annual surveys.  In prior years, he was ranked as one of the nation’s top ten lawyers in military law cases as well as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40. In 2016, he was ranked as one of the 100 most famous (past and present) law professors.  Besides representing the Hope High School Life Skills class at the Forum, Jose also has a paid internship at the corporate offices of CVS in Woonsocket, RI.

Lucy Salado, Lisbet Gomez, and Jose Quintanilla represented the Hope High Life Skills class at the 5 day National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C during the third week of July.  Over 300 high school students from across the United States as well as different countries throughout the world convened in the nation’s capital for an experiential learning opportunity with America’s top attorneys, judges, professors, and law enforcement professionals about America’s legal system.   Jose, Lisbet, and Lucy experienced an in-depth exploration of America’s entire judicial process: from the discovery of a crime, through collecting and analyzing all of the evidence, to preparing for the courtroom process and taking part in the criminal trial.

Lucy Salado examines evidence from one of the staged crime scenes at the FORUM.

Lisbet Gomez examines all the leads at the scene of the crime.

Lucy, Jose, and Lisbet also had time to visit some of our nation’s most famous and popular sites.

Field Trip – April 26, 2019: CVS Health Corporate Office

It was a good day to be associated with the Hope High school brand.

Several Hope juniors were part of a career and jobs day at CVS Health, a Woonsocket, RI, based pharmacy, pharmacy benefits, retail, and soon-to-be, with their Aetna acquisition, insurance company and 7th largest American company with approximately $200 BILLION dollars in annual revenue.  The reaction to the students’ engagement with the CVS staff was telling.   ‘Very professional acting young adults….. curious, inquisitive students …..I was surprised by the quality of their questions…..they were more aware of what’s happening with 21st century technology and its impact on an evolving global economy than anticipated:  artificial intelligence, the importance of data, autonomous warehouses and vehicles, and many of the software applications we’re using…..very courteous, respectful young people;  they even had business cards!!!!!…….they were networking throughout the day; impressive ….they were unafraid to engage in conversation and ask questions, even about our insights and opinions on a variety of topics;  one student respectfully asked if we’d provide some feedback on a data analytic project he was completing for school;  we said ‘of course; we’re curious’….. impressive young people……  ‘   It truly was a good day for the Hope High school brand.

Hope Life Skills 2019 class gathers before the ‘check in’ desk at the CVS Health Corporate Marketing office in Woonsocket, RI

Hope students introduce themselves to their CVS Health hosts.

Hope students enter the secured office space to begin the day’s activities.

2018 National Youth Leadership Forum on CSI and Law

Members of the 2017-2018 Hope Life Skills class representing Hope High School at the 2018 National Youth Leadership Forum on CSI and Law in Washington, D.C. (from left to right) – Walter Jimenez, Nayely Furcal, Eveline Silva, Laisha Mendez, Rosa Rodriguez and Lisanyis Gonzalez.


   “I learned so much”….. “This Forum in Washington, D.C. was amazing!”   ” I met so many interesting, nice people from everywhere!”….   “I visited George Mason University“…….  “I took your advice on stepping out of my comfort zone and spoke to more people which helped me become good friends with my roommates and others.”…..  “The CSI part of the program  was extremely interesting and I learned so much about how the law really works.   I volunteered to be the sketch artist at court which I really liked doing.”…..  “I enjoyed it all!  I made new friends.  The students at the Forum broke up into two groups, CSI and Law.  I did the law part. It was exciting going to a courthouse and witness a real trial.  As a project in my class, we separated into two groups, two defense attorneys and two prosecutors.”………. “The mock trial was great!  I really enjoyed meeting students from all over the United States. I got to see how different and similar we all were.   I really enjoyed the simulations. The simulation I enjoyed most was the case with the sketch of the crime scene.”………”Thank you for giving me an opportunity to grow and add to my network.  Prior to being in your class, I wasn’t sure that I could get out of my shell and talk to new people. Thank you for teaching me the values of being the best I can be at all times. Thank you for teaching me to be brave. Being in your class taught me the importance of my future.  Also, thank you so much for giving me the chance to travel to Washington; I met so many diverse people my age and I saw many beautiful and different parts of D.C.”….  “I was part of an amazing group; we all become a family.  Everyone felt welcome just like I felt since the first day.  It was a great experience that helped me open my mind to a different career…….I collected a lot of business cards and I gave many people my business card…..Thank you…”……….

Thank you to our many sponsors who have made a visit to the National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. possible each year.   This opportunity would not be possible without your unwavering generosity.

Finally, our Hope High School students made us proud once again.  Their intelligence, their responsibility, their willingness to step out of their comfort zones to maximize each opportunity, their engaging personalities makes the Hope High brand something to be proud of.


Future Forum 2 – December 5, 2017

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Mark Huang, Director of Economic Development for the City of Providence, addresses the audience at Future Forum 2

What happens

when you bring together twenty successful, forward thinking entrepreneurs, college professors, social activists, technologists, designers, health care change agents, marketers, trainers, oceanographers, and artists

with several of Hope High School’s best and brightest?

Take a look.

BIF 2017 Field Trip: September 13, 14

Hope Life Skills students arrived at 7:30am at Trinity Theatre

in downtown Providence

to step out of their comfort zone

to network – meet, listen, and converse – with amazing storytellers from all over the world.  From artists and astronauts to entrepreneurs and educators,

32 change agents

making profound differences in the world shared their personal stories of challenges and eventual success on the Trinity Theatre stage at BIF 2017.   Our

Hope Life Skills students became part of a growing international community of BIF change agents.

The following video and pictures share the Hope Life Skills student experience at BIF 2017:

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Eveline Silva arriving at Trinity to register and is given her BIF Forum badge

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Ianique Imboque leaves the BIF registration desk as Nayely Furcal Marte and Rosa Rodriguez Ortiz adjust their names tags before proceeding into the theatre to meet members of the BIF community and expand their networks.

Today’s Class: May 5th, 2017 – CVS Heath Career and Job Day

The Hope Life Skills class traveled to Woonsocket, Rhode Island today for their

annual Career and Job Day at the impressive campus of CVS Health,

a $177 billion, international company.

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Ms Nuri, Laisha Mendez and the rest of the Hope Life Skills class check in to the reception desk at the Marketing Center facility on the CVS Health Campus.

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Gerardo Castenada receives his Identification tag at the reception desk at the Marketing Center.

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Ariel Hall greets Fred Felix, a senior manager at CVS Health

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Carlos Sanchez, Senior Director of Channel Innovation and Program Delivery,  welcomes the Hope Life Skills class to the CVS Health campus and informs the students of the day’s agenda.

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The Day’s agenda

Carlos Sanchez, the host and coordinator of this event for the past several years, began the day’s program with several impressive facts about CVS Health, ranked 7th on the Forbes 500 list with almost 8,000 CVS stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Brazil.  He then presented an assignment to the class.  “As you hear about CVS Health today and meet several of our team members in your department immersion meetings, ask yourself what skills and qualities you possess that would cause CVS Health to consider you a good candidate for a job here.”   Fred Felix added

how would you respond during the job interview if you were asked ‘what value would you bring to CVS Health if you were hired’?

Hope Life Skills Summer Internships

The summer of 2016.   Another year of internship opportunities

for Hope Life Skills students.  From the corporate offices of one of the America’s largest and most successful companies to the friendly confines of a community bookstore, 5 Hope Life Skills students were learning 21st century skills, expanding their networks of successful professionals and earning money in the process.

Today’s Amica Insurance Field Trip: April 28, 2016

“Your brand is amazing!  


Leah Scott, Associate Human Resources Recruiter, welcomes Hope’s Life Skills students to Amica Insurance before sharing her personal story of a nursing education and entrepreneurial experience before coming to Amica.


Ramona Royal, corporate Human Resource Officer at Amica Insurance, shares her personal story of transition and success before and during her experience at Amica Insurance.


Raymond Perez, donning his Syracuse University Orange, asks one of his several probing questions to the Amica Insurance team.

Your level of maturity, the

sophistication of your questions and your courage to ask them

among our staff here at Amica is unlike most groups visiting our Amica campus. 

You seem to have no trouble pushing out of your comfort zone.