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2022 Mastering Hope Institute – REGISTRATION OPENS JANUARY 10th!

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2020 Closing Keynote Speaker
Dr. Chad Gestson,
Phoenix Union High School District

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Youth Development Master’s Institute

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.

The Institute is typically planned for early May is held in Phoenix, AZ.

Tuition $1,500.00*

*Partial scholarships available


May 5 – 10, 2019
Embassy Suites – Phoenix, AZ

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Dr. Erika Camacho Chosen as Kids at Hope’s
2018 Youth Development Institute’s Honorary Dean

Kids at Hope is excited and quite privileged to announce that Dr. Erika Camacho, Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at Arizona State University and former student of famed and legendary math teacher Jaime Escalante has been chosen as the honorary Dean of the 2018 National Youth Development Master’s Institute scheduled for Mary 6-11, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.

Dr. Camacho will be recognized at the Institute’s annual Dean’s Recognition Luncheon on Monday, May 7 at noon.

‘What makes this selection so powerful,” states Rick Miller, founder of Kids at Hope, “is the fact that Dr. Camacho represents the very spirit of believing that all young people are capable of success, No Exceptions. “

Erika and her family immigrated from Mexico to the US with little or no resources. Her goal in life was to become a cashier. It was a respectable pursuit until she met, was taught, and tutored by Jamie Escalante whose commitment to his students was uncompromising and whose work was memorialized in the film, Stand and Deliver.

Today, Professor Camacho is a leading voice, role model, and selfless mentor. She is committed to helping students, mainly from marginalized communities, reach for the stars. Dr. Camacho believes and practices the belief that all kids are capable of success, No Exception.

Dr. Camacho’s many research interests include the interface of mathematical applications to biology and sociology. She is currently working on a cure for blindness.

Dr. Camacho has served on the Youth Development Institute’s faculty in the past and hosted a special screening of the film, Stand and Deliver followed by a question and answer session.

Previous honorary deans have included:  Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; humanitarian, author, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Gerda Weissmann Klein;  screenwriter and poet, Antwone Fisher (whose life inspired the film “Antwone Fisher”); Teacher and author, Erin Gruwell, (whose life inspired the movie, “Freedom Writers”);  Ambassador Raul Yzaguirre who lead the National Hispanic organization LaRaza for many years; Arizona State University, Executive Vice President and Provost, Mark Searle; author and international leader in sales and customer service training and development, Ron Willingham and others.

Below is a clip from the film, Stand and Deliver


Kids at Hope’s 
2017 Master's Institute12th Annual Youth Development Master’s Institute

Erin Gruwell
Inspiration for the film Freedom Writers starring Hilary Swank
Jack Calhoun

Founder of the National Crime Prevention Council

May 1-5, 2017

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

co-sponsored by Arizona State University


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2016 Youth Development Master’s Institute


Howard Gardner – Featured Keynote (PowerPoint):

Multiple Intelligences Theory: From theory to practice to good practice

James Bell – Featured Keynote (PowerPoint):

Kids at Hope Youth Development and Justice

Tim Hardy, Director, Juvenile Justice Center, Yuma County, AZ (Video):

Kids at Hope Yuma AZ Treasure Hunters

Scott Mabery, Director, Juvenile Court Services, Yavapai County (Video):

Nursery Rhymes & Daddies

Wendy Larsen, Creative Leadership Partners (PowerPoint):

Culture & Climate

Rick Miller, Founder & Chief Treasure Hunter, Kids at Hope (PowerPoint):

Our Three Brains

CEUs offered through Arizona State University ($30):



Previous Master’s Institutes


2015 10th Annual Youth Development Master’s Institute

Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg – Featured Keynote & Presenter (PowerPoints):

No Child is Broken: Recognizing and Building on the Strengths of ALL Youth

Giving Kids Control Over Their Choices and Positioning Parents to be Lighthouses


2014 Master’s Institute Flyer

Dr. Keith Hall-Featured Keynote & Presenter (PowerPoints):

Leading With A Strengths Perspective Hall

Strengths Quest Finder

Dr. Gregory Benner-Featured Presenter (PowerPoint):

How to Create & Sustain Strong Schools: The Whole Child Initiative

Social Emotional Learning

Inspiration Fair:

St. Lucie County Public Schools Behavior Point Sheet


2013 Master’s Institute Flyer

Dr. Shane Lopez, Senior Scientist and Chief Architect of the Gallup Student Poll:

Making Hope Happen


2012 Institute Brochure


2011 Institute Brochure


2010 Institute brochure


2009 Institute Brochure


2008 Institute Brochure


2007 Institute Brochure


The motto of Kids at Hope is ‘All Children are Capable of Success, No Exceptions!’ It is essential that community-based agencies strive to live by that bold imperative. But to really believe that and create programming that suggests we believe it, we have to check in with ourselves and view kids a bit differently.
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAPfrom his book Building Resilience in Children and Teens (giving kids roots and wings)