Alika Hope, M.A., the founder and primary vocalist and actress for the Ray of Hope Project is originally from Oregon (where she grew up immersed in nature and music).
Alika received a B.A. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, and minored in dance at St. Mary's College. She received her M.A. in early childhood special education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Alika has a variety of experiences as an educator, including working with Early Head Start, Head Start, private and parochial schools, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Northside Center for Children, and New York City public schools.
She is a published author and was previously a full-time faculty member at Borough of Manhattan Community College. She is currently a staff developer and workshop provider for several organizations, including the Children's Aid Society of New York City.
Alika is a professional opera singer, performer in children's theatre, actress, and choreographer. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, EWTN, New Yorker Magazine, Time Out NY, Opera News, and Opera Now.
Alika was the co-host of "Perspective TV", which aired on ABC in Connecticut. View some of her video work below.