Investing In Our Community

Lynchburg Beacon of Hope strives to transform our Community by investing in Lynchburg’s youth to create a path to education, career, and financial capability.

All young people should have the opportunity to thrive in the career of their choice while competing in a job market that is inclusive, equitable, and diverse. We believe in the power of education and the potential of young people to reach their true aspirations.

Save the Date: March 22, 2024

HOPEx 2024 / Historic Academy Theatre

About HOPEx

HOPEx is an annual live speaker event held in historic Lynchburg Virginia, designed to inspire new approaches to bridging the poverty gap through increasing access to post-secondary education. Each presenter will provide their unique perspective on transformation and how education acts as a catalyst for change.

Through HOPEx, we hope to celebrate LBoH’s progress in locally advancing equality, expose current barriers to achievement, and foster hope for innovative solutions to equity and access gaps for underserved families.

Guests will leave informed, challenged, and motivated to affect change in our community. Potential speakers include nationally recognized authors, coaches, politicians as well as local community activists, current students, and Beacon Graduates.

HOPEx 2023 Video

HOPEx 2023 Speaker Slate Recap

We were honored to celebrate our 2nd annual live speaker event on March 3 at the Historic Academy Theater. It was an extraordinary night of storytelling and inspiration.

Thank you to Krissy DeAlejandro, Rev. John Jones, Dr. Gus Petticolas, Leland Melvin, Rosye Cloud, Amy Carrier, Tab Culbertson, Alexis Johnson, Philip Bowles, D’Arrin Calloway, Sabina Sabat, McKayla Warwick, and emcee Mark Spain for being a part of the evening. Thank you to our incredible event co-chairs Heather Zippel and Angie Campbell.

HOPEx 2023 Photo Gallery

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Thank you to the incredible sponsors who made this event possible: Centra Health, Framatome, Innovative Wireless Technologies, College Promise, UKG, Foster Fuels, Dodson Pest Control, ABC 13 WSET, and News & Advance. Thank you to the Lynchburg community for their generous support of Lynchburg Beacon of Hope and HOPEx.