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Kids at Hope in conjunction with Arizona State University Sanford School of Social & Family Dynamics annually sponsors the Youth Development Master’s Institute. The week long institute attracts world leaders in the fields of child and youth development, education, law enforcement, juvenile justice, child welfare, and health. The institute is recognized for its exciting keynote speakers, workshops, site visits and the latest information about hope, optimism, success, and resiliency.

General Registration:  $1,500  REGISTER TODAY

One or Two Day Master’s Seminar: $295 Monday only/$225 Tuesday only/$450 both days ($70 savings) SEMINAR REGISTRATION

Attend Monday and/or Tuesday only to hear our exciting keynote speakers – Monday includes the Dean’s Recognition Luncheon honoring Erin Gruwell

Master’s Institute Agenda 2017




















Institute Venue:

Embassy Suites Phoenix Scottsdale
4415 E. Paradise Village Parkway South
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Hotel Website

Roster of Participants

Click Here for Roster of 2017 Master’s Class

Continuing Education Units
3 Continuing Education Units are available through Arizona State University to participants who attend the entire week.

Click Here to Register for CEUs: 

Join the “10” Club!

PowerPoints & Presentations

5/2/17 Tuesday Afternoon
Best Practices in Growing Your Culture PowerPoint

5/3/17 Wednesday Morning
Creative Spirit / Healthy Play
Healthy Play Promo 9-15
Healthy Play 2 page notes
Pocketful of games-3 hours KAH 2016

5/3/17 Wednesday Afternoon

Dr. Rick Fabes, Director & Professor, Arizona State University
Breaking Down Barriers to Hope in a Diverse World PowerPoint
Dr. Betsy Hargrove, Superintendent, Avondale Elementary School District
Moving Beyond the Words…a Visual Representation of Kids at Hope
Milagros Zingoni, Assistant Professor, The Design School, Arizona State University
Designing Hope
Scott Seaman, Director of High School Programs & Professional Development Specialist, Association of Washington School Principals
Leading With Hope
Ben Ibale, Specialist, Washington Education Association
Culturally Responsive Relationships: Intentional Hope vs. Unconscious Bias PowerPoint
Julia Garcia, Speaker & Founder, The Rewrite Project
Rewriting Hope PowerPoint

5/4/17, Thursday Field Trip Day

South Mountain High School

South Mountain’s KAH Training Journey

STEP Team Performance

5/5/17, Friday Morning
Mental Time Travel

What ONE word describes your week at the Master’s?

A Look Back at the 2017 Master’s!

Contact Us

Questions about the institute?  Contact Kim Heredia, Director of Administration, at or (602) 674-0026

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…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