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Richard Miller

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Professor of Practice (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3701

Richard Miller is the founder and CEO of Kids at Hope, an international child, and youth development organization that studies family, school, and community cultures to understand better the dynamics of success and failure. Miller has spent 48 years in the field of child and youth development as a practitioner, researcher, teacher, public policy expert, and author. Miller’s research is revolutionizing the understanding of child and youth development and cultures.

His work is modeled in 21 states and Canada, cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and adopted by the Arizona Supreme Court to help redefine the juvenile justice system from risk to hope. Miller is the author of three books and two comic books. He has received Arizona State University’s Visionary Award; the City of Phoenix, Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream Award; and the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge George Washington Medal. Included in his many keynotes, workshops, seminars, and symposiums is a TED Talk.

In addition to his work with Kids at Hope, Miller is a professor of practice at Arizona State University's T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamic.

Rick Miller TED X Talk, 2016

Youth Development From the Trenchers by Rick Miller

The Soul, Science, and Culture of HOPE by Rick Miller 

Kids at Hope: Every Child Can Succeed, No Exceptions  by Rick Miller and John Carlos

Kids at Hope; Every Child Can Succeed, No Exceptions revised edition  by Rick Miller 

Diversity and Inclusion in the Recreation Profession-Organizational Perspectives (Chapter) Editors Ingrid E. Schneider






Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LIA 194Special Topics
Honors / Awards: 

Arizona State University College of Human Services- Visionary Award

City of Phoenix, Martin Luther King- Living the Dream Award

Founation at Valley Forge - George Washington Medal

Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, Alumni Organization - Lifetime Achievement Award

Greater Phoenix Commerical Reaty Organization - Humanatarian of the Year


Child and Youth Development Organizations

Violence Prevention Initiative

Not for Profit

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