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Two Roosevelt University doctoral dissertations have been published focused on environmental factors that influenced collective efficacy within a public school leading to breakthrough student achievement gains.  In both studies principle investigators Dr. Annette Acevedo and Dr. Mark Parrish identified Kids at Hope as a significant strategy responsible for the school and student success.

Kids at Hope’s efforts have been published in two research journals as well as a highly acclaimed book on classroom management.

      • Women & Criminal Justice: Bernat, Frances P. (2009) “Youth Resilience: Can Schools Enhance Youth Factors of Hope, Optimism and Success”
      • Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance: Tipps, Christine R. (2006) “Kids at Hope-All Children Are Capable of Success, No Exceptions!”
      • Specialized Classroom Management (2011) S. Lamke; D. Pratt; A. Perhamus, Boys Town Press

Also the American Academy of Pediatrics, in a book it published entitled Building Resilience in Children and Teens, by Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg, endorsed Kids at Hope as one of four initiatives in the country that effectively uses positive youth development to transform families, schools and communities.

Deliverables (based on eight university led independent evaluations – see the “Science Behind Kids at Hope” research synthesis below):

By adopting the Kids at Hope cultural strategic framework the following will be achieved:

  • Children become much more optimistic
  • Children not only understand the concept of hope, they can model it
  • Children learn and practice the power and self-fulfilling prophecy (belief system) of positive self talk (Kids at Hope Pledge)
  • Children learn about personal strength based inventory and practice it
  • Children’s academic and emotional achievement matures
  • Adults learn and practice the power of the self-fulfilling prophecy to support a child’s achievement
  • Adults learn and practice how to measure a child’s potential, not just their behavior (Kids at Hope Report Card)
  • Adults learn and practice how to instill hope in every child, without exception (Passport to the Future)
  • Adults learn and practice the types of meaningful and sustainable relationships needed by children (Aces)

Kids at Hope Culture Scan Survey

Purpose of the Culture Scan Survey:

Kids at Hope advances a cross disciplinary and interdisciplinary body of evidence that offers a greater understanding about success and failure.  Those key elements/findings have become the basis for defining a cultural strategic framework designed to create and support an environment wherein all children can succeed, No Exceptions.

Therefore, the purpose of this survey is to identify beliefs and practices of individuals and organizations which share the responsibility for our children’s education, social, and emotional welfare and measure those beliefs and practices against our research findings. Because personal and group attitudes affect collective efficacy, we can use these results in creating a culture that will affect a child’s development and capacity to overcome adversity (resiliency) and achieve success.

To Participate in the Kids at Hope Culture Scan Survey please contact

Gallup Student Poll

In addition, Kids at Hope encourages the schools and organizations we work with to utilize the FREE evaluation tool sponsored by the Gallup Organization. The Gallup Student Poll measures student hope, engagement and well being.

The survey dates for fall 2015 are September 29 – October 30.

Click Here to Register Your School to Participate.

See 2015 Results Below:


The Science Behind Kids at Hope

Our research synthesis provides a compelling body of evidence, which laid the foundation for the Kids at Hope initiative. Most striking in this report is the tremendous and life changing influence each individual’s personal belief and feelings about children offers, followed by a simple but powerful expression of the four common elements of success that support the achievement of all youth, including our most vulnerable young people. The synthesis also underscores the critical notion that to experience and practice hope and optimism children need to understand and define the destinations where life’s journey will lead them. Furthermore, a cultural strategic framework is explored which demonstrates how a community could effectively rally around its youth and be dramatically more successful than any one group, institution, program or service could alone. Lastly, this study presents a series of university led evaluations, which strongly validates the effectiveness of the Kids at Hope design.

The conclusion is clear; all children can succeed, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Download the Science Behind Kids at Hope booklet here:

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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)