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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.
*Partial scholarships available
May 5 – 10, 2019
Embassy Suites – Phoenix, AZ
Only Able to Attend One or Two Days?
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
12th Annual Youth Development Master’s Institute
Inspiration for the film Freedom Writers starring Hilary Swank
Founder of the National Crime Prevention Council
May 1-5, 2017
Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale
4415 E. Paradise Village Parkway South
co-sponsored by Arizona State University
Howard Gardner – Featured Keynote (PowerPoint):
James Bell – Featured Keynote (PowerPoint):
Tim Hardy, Director, Juvenile Justice Center, Yuma County, AZ (Video):
Scott Mabery, Director, Juvenile Court Services, Yavapai County (Video):
Wendy Larsen, Creative Leadership Partners (PowerPoint):
Rick Miller, Founder & Chief Treasure Hunter, Kids at Hope (PowerPoint):
CEUs offered through Arizona State University ($30):
Previous Master’s Institutes
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg – Featured Keynote & Presenter (PowerPoints):
Dr. Keith Hall-Featured Keynote & Presenter (PowerPoints):
Dr. Gregory Benner-Featured Presenter (PowerPoint):
2013 Master’s Institute Flyer
Dr. Shane Lopez, Senior Scientist and Chief Architect of the Gallup Student Poll: