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This month, we discussed what it means to lead with hope as well as how to create the culture and capture the essence of hope. We learned how the science of hope can be modeled through leadership, communication, and team building.

Course Length: 52 minutes

Course Instructor: John Hamilton, Jamal Stroud, and Erica Yamaguchi

Erica Yamaguchi has a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with 20+ years of experience working with youth in a variety of settings such as residential, community and government-based agencies. Before joining the Alliance for HOPE International, she was employed by the Guilford County Family Justice Center and assisted in launching Camp HOPE America – NC. Energized by relationships & community, she provides trauma-informed care and healing centered engagement.



John Hamilton leads the largest camping and mentoring program for children and teens impacted by trauma in the United States. His perspective is informed from hands-on experience training staff, overseeing the coordination of forty-plus camp programs around the country, and being onsite at an average of ten different camps per summer. John has an MA in Leadership and Cultural Justice, serves on the Association of Camp Nursing Board as the Board President, has been named ACA’s Subject Matter expert on Trauma-Informed Care at camp, collaborates with Clinicians, Social Workers, Child Psychologists, and is a former Executive Director of a camp near Lake Tahoe. With two decades of youth development experience, John’s voice and perspective will help restore your belief in the future of our work and guide you to discover the possibilities ahead.


Joe Bianco has a BA is in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and an MS in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Before joining the Alliance, Joe was a police officer for 16 years with the New York City Police Department and San Diego Police Department. He was assigned as a detective to the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit for a total of 6 years. Joe is recognized as a court expert in non-fatal strangulation cases and domestic violence dynamics. In additional to his experience in law enforcement, he spent a year working for child welfare services for the State of New Hampshire. Joe has a passion for helping survivors on family violence and education other professionals in the dangers of intimate partner violence and strangulation.