David Araya is the President and Co-Founder of HoPe. Originally from Costa Rica, David has experienced the struggles and obstacles Hispanic youth face today. A community leader and motivational speaker, David has spoken at numerous high schools and colleges to motivate, empower and transform the lives of students, and to speak on the power of education and leadership development. David earned a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Gwinnett College. Charismatic, enthusiastic, and a visionary, David is always looking to give others a reason to smile. David loves God, his wife, his family and the HoPe family.
Angela Hurtado is the Vice President and Co-Founder of HoPe. Angela is a social entrepreneur, community leader and motivational speaker. Born in Colombia, Angela is determined to positively impact the lives of others. Angela knows firsthand the struggles many students face to graduate high school and go to college, and strives each day to help students reach their goals. Angela earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College. Angela loves God, her husband and family and being engaged with her community. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and strives to be the change she wishes to see in the world.
HoPe enables students in high school to have the necessary resources and opportunities available to apply for college, obtain scholarships and be community leaders in the process. Founded in 2009 with one school and 20 members, HoPe has grown to 33 high schools in 12 school districts with over 2,500 members. Their innovation, uniqueness and culture have transformed what it means to be a Hispanic student in Georgia. HoPe’s programming has revolutionized extra-curricular activities and has reached a 100% graduation rate among their students.