Why do some children do well in life while others struggle? Why do some children who face many of life’s greatest adversities overcome great risks and experience success?

Manitowoc County has been working with Rick Miller from Kids at Hope on an innovative concept that states and demonstrates that all children are capable of success, NO EXCEPTIONS!

The Kids at Hope vision is that every child is afforded the belief, guidance and encouragement that creates a sense of hope and optimism, supported by a course of action needed to experience success at life’s four major destinations: Home & Family, Education & Career, Community & Service, and Hobbies & Recreation.

Rick Miller, Kids At Hope founder

Rick Miller, Kids At Hope founder

Hope is the capacity to visit your future in those four domains, return to the present and prepare for the journey.

Manitowoc County has been working since October 2015 to implement the cultural shift from “youth at risk” to “kids at hope.” Currently, Manitowoc County has a grant through the Department of Justice (DOJ) to assist with these efforts.

In addition, Manitowoc County will host a Mini-Master’s Institute in Manitowoc County in early 2020. This event is being planned by a committee that consists of many stakeholders. If you are interested in being part of the committee to plan this event, please contact me at stacyledvina@co.manitowoc.wi.us.

Stacy Ledvina is a member of the Healthiest Manitowoc County Youth Engagement Coalition.

Herald Times Reporter article published February 25, 2019