About

Together we can give children a chance to thrive
in a world full of hope and joy. And it is easier
than you think to get involved.

Our Story

Hope Leadership Academy (HLA) launched in the Fall of 2010, with a desire to serve fatherless inner city youth.

Willie Briscoe, Founder of HLA, had first-hand experience of growing up without a father in the home and desired to fill that gap in homes across San Diego County. We are a year-round comprehensive youth ministry that seeks to ensure that youth from fatherless homes in underserved communities receive support, guidance, and a plan to break the cycles of divorce, poverty, and hopelessness.

What started out as a summer program of camps and sports clinics, quickly grew to be a city-wide outreach, and we launched our first after-school Academy for the youth of Barrio Logan, in downtown San Diego in the Spring of 2013. We now have three Academies across San Diego County, that serve more than 80 kids each week, and two new Academies launching in 2018. Our camps serve over 1000 kids each year, and our Toys for Hope toy drive serves over 3000 families on a single day each year.

Our summer camps and clinics are still some of most loved and attended outreaches, with a wide variety of activities offered including basketball, baseball, volleyball, surfing, KidsGames, and more. In 2017, we held our first overnight camp at Indian Hills in Jamul, California, where we spent the weekend learning about our eternal Father through small groups, worship, bonfires, s’mores, zip lining, swimming & BMX. All of our after school Academies and camps throughout the year are completely free to attendees, made possible by incredible churches, business and community leaders throughout the United States.

We believe mentorship changes the world one kid at a time.

Leadership

WILLIE BRISCOE

FOUNDER

Willie Briscoe grew up in Portland, Oregon with his mother, brother and two older sisters. His love for basketball grew along with his size. At age 18, Willie was 6”6’ and headed off to play college basketball at a local Junior college, because his grades were too low to play Division 1. He would play 2 years of junior college basketball and lead his team to a championship in 1989.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JON DOERING

Financial Consultant at Thrivent Financial

JENNA SEELHORST

Clinical Monitoring Manager at La Jolla Pharmaceutical

DEAN SICKELS

Leadership & Management Consultant

CHIP SLAVEN

Retired US Navy

OUR TEAM

PAUL VELAZQUEZ

Program Director

RUTH FLORES

Academy Coordinator

CHELSEY HILL

Academy Coordinator

MADISON NELSON

Academy Coordinator

EILEEN SANTIAGO-SLADE

Academy Coordinator

KRISTI BROOKS

Administration Assistant

HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS

JOSH ROBBINS

America's Best 401K

RICK HARVILLE

Los Angeles Lakers Chaplin

MEADOWLARK LEMON

Meadowlark Lemon Ministries

Corporate & Community Partners

Hope Leadership Academy is made possible by the support from our incredible sponsors. Thank you for your generous contributions and support throughout the years!

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Financials And Reports

2017 IMPACT REPORT

2017

2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

2016

Today’s hope for tomorrow’s leaders. Join our team today!

Careers

We are always looking for world changers, life mentors, and thoughtful individuals to join our team.

  • PART TIME

    INTERNSHIPS

    Hope Leadership Academy internships offer students a chance to gain insight into a world changing organization.

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  • PART TIME

    SPORTS COACH

    Are you looking for a job over your winter, spring and summer break? We are looking for driven, engaging coaches for our camps throughout the year! Sports include baseball, basketball, volleyball, and surfing.

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  • PART TIME

    AFTER SCHOOL COORDINATOR

    Work directly with HLA students at our after school Academy to run games, teach biblical principles and provide academic support.

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Serving and loving kids and teaching them to play a sport that I love, it’s priceless. Hope Leadership Academy provides opportunities to kids that they may never get if it weren’t for this program.

HEATH BELL

Former San Diego Padres

Sports is an amazing avenue to teach values, morals and biblical principals.  HLA does a great job utilizing this platform to build up young men and women who otherwise might lack positive influences in their life.

RICK HARVILLE

Chaplain for the Los Angeles Lakers

You are the future of ministry.  HLA does pre evangelism, evangelism and post evangelism (discipleship).

MARK FOREMAN

Lead Pastor at North Coast Calvary Chapel

More Ways To Get Involved

It takes a village and with your help, we can prepare today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders. Get involved!

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