HOPE Farm is a leadership program guiding at-risk boys to become Christ-centered men of integrity.
Here at HOPE Farm, we measure success in demonstrable behavioral change. HOPE Farm works directly with parents and teachers to create accountability and a “life plan” for each boy. The plan is charted through specialized behavioral accountability folders and regular communication among each educator, HOPE Farm Staff member and caregiver in the life of the child.
Approximately 140,000 children in Tarrant County do not live with their father (Tarrant County Public Health, 2004). Female-headed households are twice as likely as male-headed households to be in poverty and over five times as likely as married couple households (Tarrant County Public Health, 2004).
Fatherless children are at greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, teen pregnancy, and criminality. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, Survey on Child Health, Washington, DC, 1993)
“The economic consequences of a [father’s] absence are often accompanied by psychological consequences, which include higher-than-average levels of youth suicide, low intellectual and education performance, and higher-than-average rates.”
HOPE Farm mentors boys from single-parent homes who lack a positive male influence in their lives. The youth enter the program between the ages of 5 and 7 and the program is designed to nurture them through high school.
HOPE Farm currently has almost 60 boys enrolled on two campuses. The bulk of our 18 employees are program-oriented and spend their time teaching, coaching, and mentoring HOPE Farm boys and their families.