All Kids are Capable of Success, No Exceptions!

Kids at Hope Manitowoc is dedicated to bringing the Kids at Hope mission to Manitowoc County. Nationally, Kids at Hope’s Mission is to inspire, empower and transform schools, organizations serving youth and entire communities to create an environment and culture where all children experience success, NO EXCEPTIONS! Here in Manitowoc, we too believe that this is of the upmost importance and are dedicating time and energy into transforming our own community one person and organization at a time.

Kids at Hope is based on 3 Universal Thoughts

Kids at Hope is an evidence based cultural framework founded by Rick Miller

We believe– that all children are capable of success, no exceptions

We connect– with all children in a meaningful, sustainable way

We time travel– teach children to mentally time travel to their future in four destinations: Education & Career, Home & Family, Hobbies & Recreation, Community & Service

Kids at Hope’s research has shown that it is not risk factors that prevent success, it is the absence of hope. Luckily hope is something that humans have the ability to control and have the ability to learn.

Hope defined: Time Traveling to you future, returning to the present and preparing for the journey!

What to learn more about Kids at Hope or receive a 3 hour introductory training on Kids at Hope?  Contact Stacy Ledvina at

Masters Institute

The Kids at Hope Masters Institute is annually held in Arizona in partnership with Arizona State University Sanford School of Social & Family Dynamics. The training is one week worth of workshops, key note speakers, demonstration of Kids at Hope in action, and site visits. Tuition is $1,500 with partialscholarships from a variety of sources.

Check out what past years participants have to say about the master’s workshop and see a list of all of the Master’s Institute Graduates of Manitowoc County.


Manitowoc Mini-Masters

Thanks to a grant Human Services received through the Department of Justice, Manitowoc County can host their own mini-masters called Power of Hope. A shorter version of the Master’s featuring many of the same concepts.

The mini masters will be relevant for all fields of work including education, juvenile justice, human services, public health, youth development, and law enforcement.______

Power of Hope will take place in March 12-13, 2020 and feature a pre-conference plus two full days of learning.

Leave the mini-master’s trained in Kids at Hope, feeling rejuvenated, hopeful, and inspired.

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