The Hope Circles Program is a peer-to-peer mentoring program that combines positive psychology with the tradition of the circle process, creating bonds and building relationships among students with shared backgrounds, supporting mentee growth and development.Learn More
Along with peer-to-peer mentoring, Hope Circles helps students build success-oriented habits and teaches them to believe they “can” persevere through the obstacles that will try to block their success.
This program showed me, ‘You can do this.’ When you have this person, who is from almost your exact situation, and they’re doing great things, that means it’s possible. You can do them, too.Myles Parks, high school student in Dr. Dixson’s program
Hope is one’s perceived ability to envision a better tomorrow, regardless of their current circumstances, coupled with the belief that they can make it so.
Hope has two components:
Looking toward the future with positive expectations is a powerful force on the present.
Against a backdrop of political strife and tense race relations in the U.S, minority students don’t always receive the hopeful messages they need to envision a bright future. Our program strives to give them the confidence they need to be more hopeful toward the future, making them positive change agents in their schools and community.