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Kids at Hope University-Professional Development Series

Kids at Hope University is the training arm of Kids at Hope. It offers a series of trainings, classes, seminars, symposiums, institutes, on line courses and workshops all designed to support the success of all children, No Exceptions.

For more information contact Kids at Hope:
Kim Heredia, Director of Administration
602 674 0026
Toll Free 866 275 HOPE or visit



Unleashing the Power of Hope—designed for individuals or teams, this 3-4 hour workshop is your introduction to Kids at Hope. During this session participants will become familiar with the three Universal Truths that create a Kids at Hope culture, We Believe, We Connect, We Time Travel. This workshop should be attended by individuals, entire staffs, community members, anyone who works with or cares about kids.

Advocating Hope—after you have been introduced to Kids at Hope through the Unleashing Hope Workshop (a pre-requisite), your next step is Advocating Hope. This workshop can be attended by individuals but is also designed for teamster entire staffs. In this two-day workshop attendees will experience the top Five Kids at Hope practices as well as more information on how Kids at Hope connects to Social/Emotional Learning. Attendees will conclude this workshop with their plan for next steps.

After completing Unleashing the Power of Hope and Advocating Hope workshops, the following workshops are available to you

Successful Parenting–Successful Students—An introduction to Kids at Hope designed for parents/Aces of Hearts.

Little Kids at Hope—An exploration of how the elements of hope can be infused in the various stages of child development in children ages 3-6.

Teen Treasure Hunters—A workshop for adults who work with teens that explores hope strategies and the related Social/Emotional Learning skills relevant to adolescent growth and development.

Empowering Teens as Treasure Hunters—A workshop that teaches teens how to treasure hunt for themselves and others.

Building Hope Together—the third workshop in the series will familiarize attendees with the DNA of hope – Goals, Pathways, and Agency. Together we will explore how what you are already doing connects with Kids at Hope. This two day workshop is ideal for teams or staffs but may be attended by individuals . Together we will review a variety of measures you already have as well as some new information in order to create long range planning for implementation of Kids at Hope.

Mastering Hope: The Treasure Hunters Institute—A week-long experience that includes many guest speakers and presentations designed to support and extend Kids at Hope Practices.

Materials related to Kids at Hope, our Top Five Practices, posters, shirts
and other fun stuff are available at
The Kids at Hope Store.



Time Traveler Journey Youth Event @ Estrella Mountain Community College
Dec 11 @ 9:30 am – 1:15 pm
Time Traveler Journey Youth Event @ Estrella Mountain Community College | Avondale | Arizona | United States

The “Time Traveler Journey Youth Event” is a partnership between Kids at Hope and the Avondale Youth Advisory Commission (AYAC) with additional sponsorships. The event will focus on the four future destinations of home & family, hobbies & recreation, education & career and community & service. The purpose of the event is two-fold; provide opportunities to explore life’s four destinations during the event – engage in mental time travel – and empower each school to “do something” to emphasize time travel back at their school.

The AYAC is made up of students in grades 9-12 that help shape the future of Avondale by providing input to city leaders, conducting community service projects and attending leadership development opportunities. They are excited to be part of this opportunity and are hard at work to help create a special experience.

See our video from last year’s event:

Building Hope Together – Federal Way, WA @ Washington Education Assoc Office
Jan 18 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
The Science, Culture & Practice of Hope – Mini Master’s @ Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Mar 21 @ 8:00 am – Mar 22 @ 4:00 pm
Youth Development Master’s Institute @ Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – May 10 @ 1:30 pm
West Texas Chief’s Summer Conference 2019 @ MCM Elgante' Lodge and Resort
Jun 24 @ 1:15 pm – 5:00 pm

1:15pm to 2:15pm The Soul, Science, and Culture of Hope, Rick Miller, Founder of Kids at Hope – WT Chiefs will be introduced to the concept of the Three Universal Truths of Kids at Hope, a strategic cultural change model.

2:15pm Break

2:30pm to 5:00pm Youth at Risk to Kids at Hope, Rick Miller, Founder of Kids at Hope – The presenter will lead the participants to an understanding of how to lead youth from hopelessness to hopeful.

Summer Institute @ QLN Center, 938 Avenida Del Oro
Jun 26 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Summer Institute @ QLN Center, 938 Avenida Del Oro | Livonia | Michigan | United States
Rick is coming to Oceanside, CA on June 26
As part of the Summer Institute’s “Pipeline Summit” Series Rick will participate in a full day examination of Kids at Hope’s powerful research conclusions, principles and practices.
For more information and to register early:
Below is a link to Rick Mille talking about the Summer Institutes
2nd Annual Early Childhood Social- Emotional Learning Conference @ Black Canyon Conference Center
Dec 5 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm
2nd Annual Early Childhood Social- Emotional Learning Conference @ Black Canyon Conference Center

Kids at Hope Presenting as part of the 2nd Annual early Childhood Social-Emotional Learning Conference: Creating a Culture of Hope: Believing, Connecting, Time Traveling

Co-Presented by Wendy Larsen, Senior Consultant, Kids at Hope & Dr. Crystal Bryce, Assistant Clinical Professor, Center for the Advanced Study & Practice of Hope, Arizona State University

The two-day conference will be open to all early childhood education practitioners, administrators, and community partners.

Power of Hope – Manitowoc, WI @ Holiday Inn Manitowoc
Mar 12 @ 8:00 am – Mar 13 @ 4:00 pm
The Science, Culture & Practice of Hope – Pasco, WA @ Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Mar 19 @ 8:00 am – Mar 21 @ 4:00 pm
The Masters 2020 @ Embassy Suites Scottsdale Phoenix
May 3 @ 1:00 pm – May 8 @ 1:00 pm


We are so closely aligned in purpose and passion…We are bound to change the world together, one kid, one class, one community at a time!
Erin Gruwell, Freedom Writers