What Can I Do to Help a Student Graduate, Starting Today?

By the time you finish reading this, 4 or 5 more students will decide to drop out of school. They will never attend their high school graduation ceremony, hear Pomp and Circumstance, get recognition for their accomplishments or hear inspirational speec…

Hopeful Words on the First Day of School

Imagine that your future can be better than the present and believe that you have the talent, support, and responsibility to make it so. I wish I would have heard this speech ( when I was a kid. Here is an excerpt. Shane – Portion of Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama Back to School Event .. read more

On September 7th, 2009, posted in: Uncategorized by , ,

Our Next Big Hope Moment

We were at out best. We made the world a promise and delivered. We lassoed the moon 40 years ago. 500 million people watched and celebrated. On July 20, 1969, we had our last big hope moment. 4 out of 5 people alive today were born after the moon landing. They, I mean we, have .. read more

On July 20th, 2009, posted in: Uncategorized by

HopeBanks Bailout America’s Youth

When I was 20 years old I was determined to go to a good graduate school (out of Louisiana) and get a PhD in psychology and then a great job. I had good grades, adequate test scores, and strong letters of recommendation. Trouble was, I did not know how to type (makes filling out 15 .. read more

On July 17th, 2009, posted in: Uncategorized by , , ,

Two Hope Lessons

Most of what I know about hope, I picked up from other people. In April 1997, I learned two lessons about hope. With my coursework behind me, I was wrapping up my last few months of clinical training at the Eisenhower VA Medical Center. The staff psychiatrist popped into my office. He had a case .. read more

On June 30th, 2009, posted in: Uncategorized by , ,

Hope for America’s Students

Hope is a better predictor of future achievement than standardized tests and GPA. And, hope is probably as important as intelligence when taking an exam ( Hope plays a role in every person’s life, and it determines the academic trajectory of every student. Shouldn’t we know more about the hope of America’s students? Measuring Hope .. read more

On May 28th, 2009, posted in: Uncategorized by

Hope for Today, Hope for the Future

(originally posted on What is Hope? Watching children on a playground tells you all you need to know about hope. A child’s vision transforms a series of obstacles (tall ladders, hard to reach monkey bars, wobbly wooden bridges) into limitless opportunities for fun. Goals become very clear (“I am going to swing across all .. read more

On April 21st, 2009, posted in: Uncategorized by

Personal Hope Becomes a Public Resource

Sometimes great ideas and hope lay dormant until someone transforms a personal hope into a public resource. In 2009, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, committed to making his city greener, climbed into the cab of a new all-electric cargo hauler, capable of moving a 60,000 pound shipping container quietly and cleanly at the Port of .. read more

On March 8th, 2009, posted in: Uncategorized by , ,

Hope for Now and for the Future…Please

“I am reminded of the story of the great French Marshal Lyautey, who once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow-growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshal replied, ‘In that case, there is no time to lose, plant it this afternoon.’” JFK .. read more

On February 9th, 2009, posted in: Uncategorized by , , ,

Choose Hope over Fear

On inauguration day, “we gather because we have chosen hope over fear…” This choice between hope and fear requires us to power up our new brain and to override our ancient instincts. Hope is intentional; fear is automatic. Choosing hope is hard work that never lets up. Fear just happens, it runs amok, and we .. read more

On January 20th, 2009, posted in: Uncategorized by ,