In 2019, we began measuring the impact that our counseling and tutoring programs have on levels of hope. Hope is more than a feel-good emotion, it is a research-based, action-oriented strength that empowers resilient behaviors. We define hope as the belief that your future can be better and brighter than today and that you play a role in making it so. It is also one of the best indicators for well-being. Our bold vision: By 2025, all graduating high school seniors will score “highly hopeful” on the Healthy Youth Survey Hope Scale.

Bainbridge Youth Services (BYS) Mission

To promote the social and emotional well-being of adolescents and young adults in our community, ages 13-21, through counseling and diverse outreach programs and services.

Aspirational Vision

By 2025, all graduating high school seniors on Bainbridge Island will score “highly hopeful” on the Health Youth Survey Children’s Hope Scale.

Definition of Hope

Hope isn’t simply a feel-good emotion. In 1991, psychologist Charles Snyder, PhD and his colleagues described Hope Theory.

There are three components to this definition of hope:

  1. Goals: A sense that my future can be better than today
  2. Agency: I can set a course to make that happen- I have the power to make it so.
  3. Pathways: There are many paths to what is important to me in life and none of them is free of obstacles.

Hope Scale Questions

  1. I can think of many ways to get things in my life that are important to me. (Pathway question)
  2. I am doing just as well as other kids my age. (Agency question)
  3. When I have a problem, I can come up with lots of ways to solve it. (Pathway question)
  4. I think the things I have done in the past will help me in the future. (Agency question)

Likert Scale Answers

The Children’s Hope Scale uses a six-point response scale with “none of the time” equating to the lowest value of one, and “all of the time” equating to the highest value of six. Adding the response values for pathway questions will provide a pathway score ranging from 2-12; higher scores reflect higher pathways thinking. Adding the response values for agency questions will provide an agency score ranging from 2-12; higher scores reflect higher agency thinking. Adding pathway and agency scores will provide an overall hope score (i.e., level of hope). Scores of 4-8 indicate no to very low hope, 9-12 indicate slightly hopeful, 13-16 indicate moderately hopeful, and 17-24 indicates highly hopeful.

2019 Children’s Hope Scale: Baseline Data

BYS will look for opportunities to engage students who are low to slightly hopeful and provide pathways to higher hope.

Key Messages

  1. Challenges are inevitable, and struggle is normal.
  2. Seeking help is a sign of strength.
  3. Just like learning to play the violin, Hope and Well-being skills can be taught.
  4. BYS is for everyone and all are welcome. We celebrate diversity and value inclusivity.

Strategies and 2020 Tactics

Strategy 1: Share the Power of Hope and Well-being

Tactic #1: Rebrand BYS messaging

  • Gather input from youth on language about hope and well-being that meet them where they are
  • Refresh our website and social media presence with language that resonates with students
  • Create a Hope and Well-being Awareness Campaign

Tactic #2: Develop a new youth-friendly website that shares the power of hope and wellbeing through information on our programs and other helpful resources.

Tactic #3: Create and maintain an organizational culture of Hope and Well-being

Strategy 2: Create Pathways to Hope and Well-being through Compelling Programs

Tactic #1: Continue core functions:

  • Counseling (one-on-one, support groups, parent skill building, etc.)
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Jobs Board
  • Summer Internship Program and Life Design Workshops
  • Compassionate Action Celebration
  • Adult and youth presentations (e.g., PTSOs; health classes; Link Crew, parent and youth presentations)
  • Juvenile Diversion Program

Tactic #2: Implement Teen Leadership and Ambassador Program enabling peer leaders to promote Hope and Well-being practices and awareness of BYS programs

Tactic #3: Work with the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island and other interested, like-minded organizations to develop and implement the “BYS/Rotary Career Exploration Initiative” which includes:

  • Summer Internship Program and Life Design Workshops
  • Jobs Board
  • “Senior to Senior” Program
  • Job Shadow
  • “Coffee & Careers” Program

Tactic #4: Develop additional pathways that foster Hope and Well-being

Strategy 3: Foster a Community Culture of Hope and Well-being

Tactic #1: Develop a community campaign that promotes Hope and Well-being

  • Create awareness of research based practices that foster hope and well-being
  • Support opportunities for teen leadership
  • Offer tangible activities that everyone can put into action
  • Recruit community leaders to support the campaign

Tactic #2: Support Bainbridge Island School District with its Social and Emotional Learning

Strategy 4: Expand What Is Possible

Tactic #1: Seek grants that align with the BYS Mission and Strategic Plan and create a robust development plan

Tactic #2: Partner with Bainbridge Community Foundation to administer “YES Funds” that allow all youth access to enriching experiences and activities.

Tactic #3: Focus on BYS staff recruitment and retention through the provision of competitive remuneration and benefits