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"The positive is real and it's worth growing in ourselves, our families and our communities" Dr. Jeff Linkenbach

Developed by social norms researcher Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, The Science of the Positive is the study of how positive factors impact our culture and experiences. This process maps the complex interplay between people, relationships, community and society with a focus on identifying and growing Health Outcomes through Positive Experiences, leading to lasting, cultural change and transformation. We partner with parents and communities to codesign solutions and services that emphasize the important role positive experiences and environments play in the resilience, health and wellbeing of children and families.


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We strengthen families by linking parents to local resources, services and program providers. We train parents in leadership, organizing and capacity building skills to advocate for effective systems and policies that support families and lead to economic sustainability.


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We strengthen organizations by equipping them to incorporate positive experiences into the workplace. We provide training and technical assistance to early childhood professionals seeking to incorporate a strength based approach to child and family engagement using a HOPE informed approach.


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We strengthen communities by using a positive norms approach to transforming community health and safety. We believe the solutions we seek to the challenges we face already exist within our communities and come from voices of lived experience. We partner with coalitions and collective impact partnerships to discover, grow and measure positive outcomes that result in resilient families and thriving communities.

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Statement on Diversity, Equity and Belonging

At Aligned HOPE we believe in fostering an environment that celebrates diversity, equity, and promotes a sense of belonging for all individuals. We resist racism of all forms and are committed to dismantling systemic barriers that perpetuate inequality and discrimination. 

Our commitment to equity extends beyond mere words, as we actively strive to collaborate with and create opportunities with under-resourced communities, amplify diverse voices, and ensure equitable access to resources for all. We affirm that diversity is not just a strength but a necessity for innovation and growth. We commit to continuously educate ourselves, engage in open dialogue, and challenge any biases or prejudices that may exist within our organization. By promoting an inclusive, equitable and HOPE centered culture of care, we aim to be safe spaces where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered to thrive. Together, we believe we can build a future free of racism that embraces the beauty and richness of our diverse world.

Placing our perception and focus on HOPE helps us cultivate a collective sense of agency, belonging and connectedness within our families and communities. HOPE as a framework helps us identify sources of strengths and positive experiences (PCEs) that research show help children grow into healthier adults and entire families thrive. 

Research data have shown that positive childhood experiences (PCEs) protect future adult mental health and help to build human resilience leading to positive adult health outcomes. Even with adults who reported high ACEs scores, the greater number of PCEs helps decrease the rate of adult depression or poor mental health outcomes. Not only do PCEs protect against the effects of childhood adversity; further research show they help buffer and protect against future substance use. 

While we’re hopeful that tomorrow can be better than today and we have the power to make it so, we also know that our society still struggles with the lasting effects of hundreds of years of racism. We recognize race as a social construct, and racism as beliefs, actions, and policies that create and perpetuate discrimination, prejudice, and unequal treatment based on someone's race or perceived racial identity that can lead to barriers that make it challenging for children and families to have these important PCEs.

The four building blocks of HOPE describe 4 broad types of experiences that children need and leaves it to families and communities to decide on specific PCEs for themselves. Focus on HOPE and Positive Childhood Experiences brings to focus the love, family, and community support that allow many to thrive even in the face of racism. At the same time, the HOPE framework ensures that every child has equitable access to positive experiences regardless of race or zip code. By maintaining an attitude of cultural humility we continue to improve and build on our evolving understanding of racism and its impacts.

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