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AKA Theory of Hope

Theory of Hope

Our team has transformed the traditional process of developing a logic model and theory of change, into a theory of hope. Snyder’s 1980 article Hope Theory: Rainbows in the Mind explores the evolution of hope theory. Snyder defines hope as the perceived capability to derive pathways to desired goals, and motivate oneself via agency thinking to use those pathways. Realizing words are not enough to communicate what we hope, we created a visual Theory of Hope model for AKA. The road is a metaphor for our work, it begins but does not end, our vision and what we see continues after our work in communities is complete.

Empowerment Focused
We build confidence, strengths, and skills that empower individuals and communities. 

Spirit Based
We acknowledge that a power greater than ourselves guides us and our work.  

We engage multiple people, disciplines, perspectives, and lived experiences to create dynamic teams that serve communities.

We apply the value of generosity in our work by sharing our time and resources, investing in the communities that we serve, and acknowledging the talents and expertise of the community members we work with.

Health Equity
We apply a health equity lens to all aspects of our work to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities for health and wellbeing.  

Forward Thinking
We work to think forward and beyond of what is typical and expected. We use the latest design tools and experts to create engaging resources and materials that people read.

Commitment to  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

AKA is committed to making diversity, equity, and inclusion part of everything that we do, every community we serve, every student we mentor, and every generation that is coming. Every day, we work to build equity, connection, and advocacy for historically underserved populations and communities. AKA is committed to this vision. In the last 20 years, AKA has provided mentoring and fellowship opportunities for more than 50 American Indian students and community members. AKA works closely with universities, healing centers, and tribal consortiums to create opportunities for education, employment, and spiritual growth. AKA's inclusive approach and the AKA Theory of Hope guide diversity, equity, and inclusion for every person and every community we serve. 

DEI Statement
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