Examining the Power & Science of Hope: Understanding Kids@Hope for Justice Professionals

Examining the Power & Science of Hope: Understanding Kids@Hope for Justice Professionals
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded on: 2020-09-30
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The Justice Clearinghouse has quite a catalog of webinars that delve on the topic of trauma. In most of these, hope is identified to be the antidote to risk and trauma, but rarely is there enough discussion on what it means and what it looks like.

Rick Miller leads this session to deep-dive on the concept of hope and providing guidance on how to make hope ‘happen’. Rick is Founder and CEO of Kids at HOPE, an international child, and youth development organization that studies family, school, and community cultures to understand better the dynamics of success and failure. He is a professor and the clinical director within Arizona State University’s Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of HOPE.

Specifics discussed in this webinar are:

  • An overview of Kids at HOPE, the goal of the program and the values they uphold when working with those formerly referred to as youth at risk.
  • The science of HOPE, and how Einstein’s mass-energy equation helps to better understand the dynamics between risk, trauma, and hope.
  • Understanding success apart from conventional wisdom, by examining it in the personal, organizational, and cultural contexts.
  • Defining cultural success by reflecting on one’s positive contributions to the four major life destinations.
  • Characterizing culture as the congruence between one’s beliefs and actions/practice.
  • Comparing culture and bureaucracy and how these two must be integrated to create effective and efficient programs and curriculum.
  • Understanding hope as the ability to visit one’s future.
  • The value in service delivery organizations having this ability to share hope to their clients.
  • Hope’s three-strand DNA of goal, pathways, and agency.
  • A glimpse into the HOPE scale, a validated instrument that allows to measure an individual’s level of hope at any given moment.
  • The 4+3+5 Kids at Hope framework which stands for 4 research conclusions, 3 universal truths, and 5 practices that support the previous two elements.
    • The four major research conclusions that unpacks what prevents kids’ success, our ability to control hope, how hope can be taught and learned, and the role of adults in making the difference.
    • The three universal truths that must be observed to instill hope – believing kids, connecting with them through meaningful relationships, and teaching them how to time travel and visualize their future.
    • The five practices that are consistent with the universal truths and research conclusions that must be done by service delivery organizations.

Audience questions were about:

  • Resources mentioned in the webinar.
  • Defining despair as it is juxtaposed with hope.
  • Where challenges in life fit in the HOPE scale.
  • How the pandemic is negatively impacting hope.
  • The applicability of these concepts to both adult and children.
  • The relationship between HOPE and social and emotional learning.
  • Ways juvenile justice organizations incorporate Kids at Hope




Resources and Handouts


This is the first of a two-part series. Click here to register for part 2, The Application of Kids@Hope: A Cultural Strategy for Justice Professionals, on October 15. 


Audience Comments

  • “The entire presentation was very informational!” — Andrea
  • “The definitions! – This will help all relationships! The view/perspective of each topic. Thank you for an instructor with such insight and expertise! Please broadcast again, I had to leave early! THANK YOU!” — Roseann
  • “The speaker was excellent. He needs more time.” — Cathy
  • “Do not give up teaching a child hope. I am new to the scientific research on hope and found it very interesting and logical. I wish it were longer but am glad to have additional resources to further explore. Thank you.” — Janis
  • “This is phenomenal research and much-needed perspective when working with “at-risk” individuals.” — Heather
  • “It just renews and refreshes my own hope for the youth when I start to feel weary.” — Holly
  • “I learned that HOPE is so important and that no program or curriculum can replace human relationships.” — Sandra
  • “All of the webinar was great. Rick was a great speaker with great material.” — Jessica
  • “I loved the idea of Hope. I use this word in my practice because I believe in hope and I was so eager to hear his webinar on how he worked hope into his belief. I was not disappointed. I learned so much and will continue to spread the idea of hope to others; both practitioners and clients.” — Julia
  • “Love the widespread applicability of the HOPE message. This can be applied in all circumstances once the foundation for this is understood and believed by the adults helping youth today. Thank you for the great content!!” — Letricia
  • “It’s not the risk or trauma that prevents kids from succeeding. It’s the absence of hope.” — Peggy
  • “I think Rick Miller’s webinars and seminars are always inspirational and enlightening. Thank you for that Mr. Miller. I and our organization continue to follow him and his Kids at Hope Program.” — Liz
  • “We need more webinars like this. The presenter was great!” — Veronica
  • “It really impacted me to realize that without hope, others can’t see their way out of a crisis, or think about any kind of future where a crisis isn’t there. Wonderful presentation!” — Sheila
  • …”The entire thing was valuable from start to finish! So enlightening and inspirational! Thank you so much!” — Suzanne



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