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2017 Conference on Child Welfare and the Courts: Inspiring Hope & Building Resiliency Among our Youth
October 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Osthoff Resort
Elkhart Lake
Justin Wolff

9:15 – 10:15 am The Soul, Science, and Culture of Hope
Antwone Fisher, Writer, Poet, Filmmaker
Rick Miller, Kids at Hope
Antwone Fisher, whose life was the inspiration for a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington,
and Rick Miller, Founder of Kids at Hope, an international organization that studies family, school and
community cultures to better understand how children succeed or struggle, are visiting communities
across the US and Canada to share how HOPE is used as a strategy to achieve success for all children and
youth. This presentation will explore Antwone’s journey of hopelessness to hope through his writings
and film followed by a discussion around those themes and how they relate to the science of HOPE. The
session concludes with a discussion about the culture of HOPE and how families, schools, youth serving
organizations and communities can implement a strategy that models how all children can succeed. No

1:00 – 2:15 pm Workshops
A-1: Youth at Risk to Kids at Hope
Rick Miller, Kids at Hope
Exploring the science of hope, optimism, and success and how it can be instilled in all children and
youth without exception by creating a cultural strategic framework wherein a campus/organization/
community can support every child. Practical application of evidence based protocols in support of a
child’s success are also examined


…while there are no simple answers regarding how a school develops a culture of academic optimism and high expectations for all students, the Kids at Hope belief system provided remarkable strategies that effectively motivated the entire school community to create optimism and channel behavior toward the accomplishment of high academic goals.
Dr. Mark ParrishDoctoral Degree Program Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL