The Application of Kids at Hope: A Cultural Strategy

The Application of Kids at Hope: A Cultural Strategy
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2020-10-15
Unit 1 Transcript: The Application of Kids at Hope
Unit 2 Workbook: The Application of Kids at Hope
Unit 3 Recording: The Application of Kids at Hope

Kids at HOPE made us understand the importance of believing in kids – no exceptions, connecting with kids and providing them with meaningful relationships, and time traveling with kids to help them visualize and manifest a future they dream of. Three leaders in the juvenile justice field share their experience in the application of the Kids at HOPE philosophy in their agencies, highlighting the why, what, and how of the implementation.

This session’s discussion is facilitated by Rick Miller, Founder and CEO of Kids at HOPE, and the panel is made up of:

  • Tim D. Hardy, the Director of the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center
  • Chief John Schow, Court Administrator and Chief Probation Officer in Cochise County, Arizona
  • Joe Barton, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer of Randall County

The talking points of the panel were:

  • Uncovering the why behind their respective agencies’ decision to embrace Kids at HOPE.
    • A conscious yearning for a solution that is cutting-edge and effective.
    • Seeing other/previous juvenile justice agencies succeed and a vision of doing the same thing for their agency and truly helping the children.
    • A fairly effective trauma-informed approach that is implemented but somehow lacks in its ability to uplift the children instead of focusing on the risk and the trauma.
    • A personal experience that motivated to root for the success of the children.
  • What Kids at HOPE offered to their agencies and the children they serve.
    • A cultural framework that serves as the seed that is planted and grows as the people integrate the philosophy in their interactions.
    • An opportunity to revive past initiatives that did not quite come into fruition and rebuild a much stronger foundation and integration of the philosophy to the work.
    • A bridge that allowed the agency and the community to not just understand trauma and risks but also underscore the positive, the strengths, the resources, and the potential in the kids.
  • A guide on how each leader and the agencies they’re a part of executed Kids at HOPE’s teachings and principles.
    • Securing the buy-in of the immediate stakeholders, intentionally practicing the three universal truths, and spreading the message to the community so that kids remain supported wherever they are.
    • A holistic approach by saturating the culture allowing children to experience the essence of Kids at HOPE through sensory cues from the moment they arrive in the intake and throughout their contact with the system.
    • Utilizing various methods to ensure that Kids at HOPE is assimilated in different areas of the system through training, tracking, feedback, and empowerment mechanisms.
  • A final refresher on the framework – the universal truths that serve as the foundation and the walls of Kids at HOPE and the various programs that may be integrated within it.

Audience questions were about:

  • Accessing Kids at HOPE training.
  • Applying the Kids at HOPE philosophy in work outside of the juvenile justice system.
  • Kids at HOPE as the antidote to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Tools used to measure the Kids at HOPE Aces /meaningful adult relationships.



Audience Comments

  • “Thank you so much for a fabulous presentation! Kids at Hope needs to grow and spread across the country.” — Anya
  • “About the ACES can be a positive relationship in children have in their life and that HOPE can be a program to be use as a youth national program to help identified kids positive coach.” — Egla
  • “Each panelist’s descriptions of the journey to bring Kids at Hope concepts to juvenile justice. Good presentation.” — Cheryl
  • “I like the statements about children learning from their parents. So true. I work at Juvenile Intake and I can tell you. Parents have a huge impact on children’s behavior. That is great when it is positive, but the negativity has terrible, lasting effects. Lead by example. Truer words were never spoken. — Faye
  • “I love the model of focusing on the future. Looking at mental health and human relationships/connection to embark on change or improvement.” — Kelly
  • “The personal experience of the panelists was very motivating.” — Kevin
  • “I loved hearing how passionate folks are about Kids @ Hope!” — Kat
  • “Just looking at kids with a whole different perspective can help motivate them to be more positive and to want to do better When we raise their spirits and their opinion of themselves it makes all the difference in their growth and success.” — Michele
  • “It really came together when Rick stated that you need to broaden the engagement. Engage the “village, not just the sector.” I felt all 4 presenters were impressive in relaying their personal experiences. I hope the Kids@Hope is nationwide as i believe that it will certainly change the trajectory for youth justice.” — Paul



This is the second webinar of a two-part series. Click here to register for part 1, Examining the Power and Science of Hope: Understanding Kids@Hope for Justice Professionals, on Sept 30. 

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