that all children are capable of success, NO EXCEPTIONS!
Kids at Hope is an evidence-based strategic cultural framework designed to engage the entire community in supporting the success of all children without exception. Community members are trained to be intentional about believing in, supporting, and connecting with youth and teens in meaningful and sustainable ways. Through the ongoing introduction and reinforcement of Kids at Hope principles and practices with caring adults, St. Lucie County fosters a community culture in which all children can succeed.
The Roundtable launched Kids at Hope in St. Lucie County in 2007 and it has been embraced throughout our community. Our entire county, including our schools, city and county employees, and residents have been introduced to the Kids at Hope belief system and thousands of children have been positively impacted. The cities of Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, as well as St. Lucie County, have all adopted resolutions to be Kids at Hope communities.
The St. Lucie Public School District implemented a five-year plan for all public schools to become Kids at Hope schools and that goal was achieved in April 2018. All public schools in St. Lucie County practice the principles and belief systems of Kids at Hope. In addition to all public schools, the Kids at Hope Team has trained more than 100 organizations including:
The KAH training workshop teaches adults, parents, institutions, schools, and communities a cultural framework based on three fundamental principles and practices known as the Three Universal Truths:
The KAH team conducts ongoing trainings to introduce and build a foundational understanding of the practices and principles of Kids at Hope.
The KAH team provides technical assistance to entities and individuals who are already trained in and/or practicing Kids at Hope and desire support with expanding and making a greater impact on the lives of the children and youth they serve.
The KAH team provides organizations with ongoing support and evaluation to ensure the children they serve have ACES, the quality of those relationships, and provide additional ways to connect with children who report not having any ACES in their lives.
Coordinating Community-Wide Events
The KAH team partners with youth-serving agencies to coordinate a variety of community events that bring awareness of the benefits of believing, practicing, and implementing the principles of Kids at Hope in our community.
The Kids at Hope beliefs and practices are being implemented in a number of ways including tunnels of hope, “prep” rallies to prepare and encourage students for an upcoming testing season, as well as, parent nights, and destination activities. Many schools have also arranged Kids at Hope Parent Trainings to ensure that the KAH beliefs are practiced at home too.
Kids at Hope Pledge
I am a kid-youth-person at hope. I am talented, smart, and capable of success. I have dreams for the future and I will climb to reach those goals and dreams every day. Because all kids, youth, and people are capable of success.
Treasure Hunter’s Pledge
As an adult and Treasure Hunter, I am committed to search for all the talents, skills, and intelligence that exist in all children and youth. I believe that all children are capable of success.
I am an anchor parent. I believe that my child is talented, smart, and capable of success. I am committed to helping my child reach their goals and dreams. I believe that my child will succeed.
Every adult is a Treasure Hunter, every child is a Time Traveler!