How Hope Leads to Success
Editor's note: We originally shared this article in December of 2015 and it remains a popular description of why Claretian programs are so important. Thank you for all you do to help spread hope to those who need it most.
The Claretian Initiative’s programs work to positively impact the community by addressing a number of serious issues, such as the educational achievement gap, community violence, generational poverty, and food insecurity. But in addition to addressing those issues, they also serve the important purpose of providing a source of hope for the people they serve.
Hope is not just a positive emotion; it plays an important role in helping people meet their goals. Psychology Today describes hope as a motivational system consisting of the determination to achieve one’s goals and strategies for meeting them. Hope gives a person the agility to keep working toward a goal even when obstacles arise and the original strategy for meeting the goal will no longer work.
In short, hope empowers us to achieve the most difficult goals, even in the face of significant obstacles. It is the belief that things can and will get better.
Hope is related to many positive outcomes for young people, including higher academic achievement. When kids have hope, they are more likely to graduate. Students with high levels of hope have greater problem-solving and coping skills. They also report feeling more energized, inspired, and confident—and have higher self-esteem and lower levels of depression. On the other hand, when people lack hope, they give up on their goals more easily and are more likely to engage in negative and risky behavior.
How can youth programs cultivate hope? Giving kids the opportunity to interact with positive adult mentors expands their idea of what is possible for their own lives. Mentors can also help young people troubleshoot obstacles that arise so that they can find a way to keep moving forward no matter what happens. tCI’s youth programs give their participants a chance to interact with mentors and expand their ideas of what is possible.
On our programs page you can learn more about tCI programs and how they inspire hope. Consider making a donation to the program of your choice. A one-time gift of $27 helps keep positive mentors available to kids through the After-School Program at Casa Romero, while a recurring gift of $41.67 provides supplies that allow adults and children to learn life skills through the Woodshop. Help us spread hope to communities in need!