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Hope changes everything.

Transforming lives, organizations & communities through the science of hope.

There are problems we all share.

And in communities across our state, there are organizations, professionals and civic leaders who are committed to solving those problems. We want to understand what’s working and fix what isn’t working. But in the midst of so much brokenness and so many challenging circumstances, making a true difference can seem impossible.

Hope can change everything.

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The evidence is clear.

Hope is not simply a wish or a feeling. It is a proven science we can measure, apply and cultivate in our communities. And as over 2,000 studies show, it is a leading predictor of success in nearly every sector.

In health/wellness, hope impacts...
  • Recovery from trauma, childhood trauma & domestic violence
  • Recovery from mental illness
  • Response to medical treatment
  • Adoption of prevention strategies
  • Compliance with providers’ recommendations
In education, hope impacts...
  • Academic achievement (elementary-graduate school)
  • Number of absences
  • Grades & test scores
  • Graduation rates
  • College enrollment & graduation rates
In business, hope impacts...
  • Employee happiness & productivity
  • Workplace performance
  • Job satisfaction
  • Goal attainment
  • Employee commitment & retention

To solve the problems we all share, we need to measure, nurture and build hope in every sector. But how? Hope Rising Oklahoma is here to help.

Your community can become a hope-centered community.

Hope-centered communities believe that the future will be better than today, and that we each play a role in making that future happen.

Led by Oklahoma First Lady Sarah Stitt and renowned scholar Dr. Chan Hellman, Hope Rising Oklahoma is bringing the science of hope to communities across the state. We provide the framework, training/certification programs and ongoing support so you can:

  • Assess hope levels among your community’s key sectors
  • Determine your most critical issues/focus areas
  • Learn and apply our evidence-based, re-teachable method for raising hope levels in individuals and organizations
  • Equip organizations that are already building hope to measure and maximize their efforts
  • Build community engagement through events, shareable content, web-based resources and ongoing education/training
  • Maximize your community’s existing resources, talent and knowledge

With Hope Rising Oklahoma, you can use the science of hope to impact your outcomes and fuel your effectiveness in incredible ways.

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Imagine the impact of Hope Rising Oklahoma.

Imagine your community empowered by the science of hope.

Imagine this movement spreading beyond your community, beyond Oklahoma.

Imagine, from coast to coast, people and organizations and communities—even entire states—rising to become beacons of hope to the world.

The impact you imagine can become a reality. And it all starts here.

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We are SO excited to bring the science of hope to Stephens & Jefferson Counties this Thursday! It's our second Hope Summit in the state, and we've got some amazing things planned. Registration is still open, so if you can make it to Duncan, we encourage you to join us!The countdown is on! ⏰ Just 3 more days until the Hope Summit. Registration is still open, so claim your space and spread the word! hopesummit_stephensjefferson.eventbrite.com ... See MoreSee Less

We are SO excited to bring the science of hope to Stephens & Jefferson Counties this Thursday! Its our second Hope Summit in the state, and weve got some amazing things planned. Registration is still open, so if you can make it to Duncan, we encourage you to join us!

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Learn more & join the movement at hoperisingoklahoma.org!

The countdown is on for our second-ever Hope Summit! If you live/work in Stephens or Jefferson County, we hope to see you there. December 2. Duncan, OK. One day can change everything!We're just 2 weeks away from The Hope Summit! Are you ready?? On December 2, community leaders from across the region will be gathering at the Simmons Center to learn how HOPE can strengthen outcomes in business, nonprofits, healthcare, education & more. You don't want to miss it! Register now for this free, daylong event at hopesummit_stephensjefferson.eventbrite.com. Already registered? Help spread the word!

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The countdown is on for our second-ever Hope Summit! If you live/work in Stephens or Jefferson County, we hope to see you there. December 2. Duncan, OK. One day can change everything!

HOPE impacts education in powerful ways. Numerous studies show that students with high hope levels consistently demonstrate:
* Higher grades
* Higher attendance & graduation rates
* Greater success in college
* Improved social relationships
* Significantly lower incidence of negative behavior
* Stronger recovery from trauma/adverse experiences
*Improved SEL and engagement in the classroom

We need hope in our schools! That's why Hope Rising Oklahoma equips school personnel and administrators to develop hopeful classrooms, campuses and students. Learn more & join the movement at hoperisingoklahoma.org!
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HOPE impacts education in powerful ways. Numerous studies show that students with high hope levels consistently demonstrate:
* Higher grades
* Higher attendance & graduation rates
* Greater success in college
* Improved social relationships
* Significantly lower incidence of negative behavior
* Stronger recovery from trauma/adverse experiences 
*Improved SEL and engagement in the classroom

We need hope in our schools! Thats why Hope Rising Oklahoma equips school personnel and administrators to develop hopeful classrooms, campuses and students. Learn more & join the movement at hoperisingoklahoma.org!
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Hope Rising Oklahoma is an initiative of the Sarah Stitt Hope Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and a proud partner of the Hope Research Center at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. To learn more about how your foundation or organization can support our work through a tax-deductible donation, please contact us.

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