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Kids At Hope Founder to Speak to Community
KIDS AT HOPE FOUNDER TO SPEAK TO COMMUNITY
PARENT EVENT: KIDS AT HOPE FOUNDER TO SPEAK TO DVUSD COMMUNITY
We are pleased to announce that Rick Miller, the founder of Kids at Hope will address our community December 3 at 6 p.m. in the Governing Board Room at the District Office. Rick is an internationally known speaker who delivers a powerful message about the importance of "hope" for our youth. The following web link will take you to samples of his previous talks: http://kidsathope.org/training-services/keynotes/Community resources will be available after the speech, including The Meadows Ranch, Transitions Counseling, Quail Run, and Teen Lifeline. This event is open to staff, parents, and our community. We hope that you can attend this event to support our students.
THE STORY OF KIDS AT HOPE
Kids at Hope traces its history to 1993 when a group of youth development practitioners expressed concern and distress about the use and abuse of the term youth at risk. It appeared to these professionals that our society might have unwittingly stereotyped an entire generation with an expression or label that unfortunately, devalues them. The coining of the term Kids at Hope generated great interest not only in the community based youth development field but also in education, recreation and law enforcement as well. It appeared that our community was ready to discard a label which may have at one time or another had merit, but which over the past two decades may have been so maligned that it was too easy a way to try to sum up the many threats our children were experiencing or could experience.
A group of education, youth development, law enforcement and recreation leaders were invited to a meeting to further explore the Kids at Hope concept and determine if it was possible to reverse the current youth at risk paradigm to that of at hope. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix was the organizing body but it realized that Kids at Hope was not about another well meaning youth program; it was about an entire belief system and strategy which needed to be part of the overall culture and not housed in the four walls of any one institution.
Through significant research and evaluation Kids at Hope has created a youth development strategy that begins with a belief system that states and demonstrates, all children are capable of success, No Exceptions; supported by a culture of individuals and organizations willing to suspend self interest to accomplish a common good on behalf of all children; and finally enhanced by programs which permit and demonstrate how all children can succeed on their terms as well as our terms.