AuthorKoestner, Danica Keiko
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AbstractIn this paper I explore the construct of "hope" and how it shapes programming for at-risk youth. I review different literature and narratives that outline the importance of hope as well as the success of hope. Hope is essential for programming in non-profits working with this demographic (and for most at risk populations), and I expect it to be fostered through mentors, opportunities and self-esteem. To assess these ideas, I survey local non-profits that help at-risk youth in Tucson. I first assess their organization through their website alone, then conduct a survey on a very small sample to get a more in-depth picture of whether and how hope shapes their programming efforts. Throughout the paper it is evident that hope is imperative. Many nonprofits do indeed include some aspect of hope in their programming which is linked to their levels of success.
Degree ProgramHonors College