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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.

2018 Master’s Institute Program

Institute Venue:

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

Hotel Website

Program Materials

Monday – May 7

Anthony Muhammad Ph.D. Keynote: The Will to Lead: Working Together to Create a Healthy School Culture

Anthony Muhammad, PhD. Workshop:  Transforming Culture Through Leadership

Tuesday – May 8

Charlie Appelstein Keynote: No Such Thing as a Bad Kid

Charlie Appelstein Workshop: Responding to Kids with Emotional & Behavioral Challenges Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach 

Poster Sessions:

Wednesday – May 9

Time Travel Through Healthy Play

Hope Square Talks Videos 

Hope² Talks: Ron Rosbruch “A Businessman’s View of Hope and Culture”

Hope² Talks: Aiden Sianez “I am a Kid at Hope”

Hope² Talks: Sarah Dorsett “I was a Kid at Hope – I am a Kid at Hope”

Hope² Talks: Chief Debora Black A community of Treasure Hunters

Hope² Talks: Brian Guliford “Hope in the High School Years”

Hope² Talks: Charlie Appelstein “Strength-Based Practice and the Power of Hope!”

Hope² Talks: Rev. Warren Stewart, Jr. “Leadership and Hope”

Thursday – May 10
Site Visits

ASU Site Visit – presentation by Dr. Tashia Abry

Friday – May 11

Meet Your Friendly Kids at Hope Staff!

Continuing Education Units

Arizona State University offers 3 Continuing Education Units upon completion of the entire Master’s Institute. To apply please click on the link below (cost $30):

Join the “10” Club!

Contact Us

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

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Stephanie Douglas6th Grade Teacher Brooklyn, NY