Camp HOPE America, part of Alliance for HOPE International, focuses on the correlation between childhood exposure to domestic violence and negative outcomes like juvenile delinquency, adult illness, disease, and criminality. It specifically caters to children and teens impacted by domestic violence.
In partnership with the University of Oklahoma and led by Dr. Chan Hellman, our program utilizes the Science of Hope to evaluate success. Hope reflects an individual's capacity to develop pathways and agency toward goals. We assess hope using the Children's Hope Scale, examining children's belief in establishing pathways to their goals and maintaining the drive to follow through. Each year, campers at Camp HOPE America show a significant increase in hope, affirming our vision.
The University of Oklahoma's Hope Research Center recognizes Camp HOPE America as a "pathway of hope" for children exposed to domestic violence (Hellman, Chancellor, 2014). The program's success has been acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Justice, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and others. Notably, the American Evaluation Association selected Camp HOPE America and its research outcomes for special recognition in November 2016 at their national conference.
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