Sliding Scale

Power of Hope employs a sliding scale as a tool to promote economic justice and provide access to all youth.

The following payscale is intended to be a map, inviting each one of us to take inventory of our financial resources and look deeper at our levels of privilege or systemic barriers. It is a way to challenge the classist and capitalistic society we live in and work towards economic justice as a community. The goal is to create an organization where everyone is able to fully participate and the organizers are compensated fairly. 

Consider paying MORE THAN FULL PRICE if your family has:

  • the ability to comfortably meet all of your basic needs.
  • investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money.
  • regular access to healthcare and health insurance.
  • providers who are employed or do not need to work to meet the families needs.
  • ownership of your home and a vehicle.
  • the resources to take an annual vacation or time off from work.

Consider paying FULL PRICE if your family has:

  • the ability to meet all of our basic needs.
  • the ability to pay all essential monthly bills and loans.
  • access to healthcare, and employer health insurance and/or other employer benefits.
  • reliable housing and transportation.
  • providers who have reliable employment.
  • the resources to take a vacation every few years without financial burden.

Consider paying LESS THAN FULL PRICE if your family has: 

  • difficulty covering basic expenses.
  • significant debt that prevents basic needs from being met.
  • medical care, bills and/or expenses not covered by insurance.
  • unstable housing and/or limited access to reliable transportation.
  • a provider who is unemployed or under-employed.
  • eligibility for public assistance including food stamps, health care and/or subsidized/free school lunches.
  • not taken a vacation or time off due to the financial burden.

This is based on the ‘Green Bottle’ sliding scale model by Alexis J. Cunningfolk |