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Rick Miller - Author

Rick Miller is the founder and CEO of Kids at Hope, an international child and youth development organization that studies family, school, and community cultures to understand better the dynamics of success and failure.

Rick is also a professor of practice and clinical director within Arizona State University’s Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of Hope, the world’s first academic, research, and community outreach center committed to the science and practice of hope. 

Rick has spent 49 years in the field of child and youth development as a practitioner, researcher, teacher, public policy expert, and author. He has published four books, including Youth Development from the Trenches and Kids at Hope: Every Child Can Succeed, No Exceptions! Rick’s research is revolutionizing the understanding of child and youth development and cultures.

His work is modeled in 21 states and Canada and has been cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics in a book it published on youth resiliency.

In 2014, the Arizona Supreme Court adopted Kids at Hope to help redefine its juvenile justice system from risk to hope.

He has received Arizona State University’s Visionary Award; the  City of Phoenix, Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream Award; and the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge George Washington Medal.

Included in his many keynotes, workshops, seminars, and symposiums is a TED X Talk.

Kids at Hope, 3rd ed.


The Soul, Science, and Culture of Hope



Youth Development - From the Trenches