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South Mountain Community College:
The Soul, Science, and Culture of Hope

Featuring Rick Miller and Antwone Fisher


PHOENIX, Ariz.– On Feb., 21, at 6:30 p.m., South Mountain Community College (SMCC) will be hosting a symposium about hope and the power hope has on success.

The symposium will feature Antwone Fisher, the inspiration for the 2002 movie with the same name, exploring his journey from hopelessness to hope through his writings and the film. Following the exploration there will be an interactive discussion, led by Kids at Hope Founder Rick Miller, about the culture of hope and how families, schools and communities can help all youth succeed.

“As a college, SMCC pledges to transform lives, touch hearts and build community. In order to do this, we need to do more than educate our students; we need to make sure that they have hope for the future – their future”, said SMCC President, Dr. Shari Olson.

Dr. Shane Lopez, previously a senior scientist at Gallup, defined hope as “the belief that the future will be better than the present, along with the belief that you have the power to make it so.” Lopez wanted us to know how useful hope can be. “Hope is the leading indicator of success in relationships, academics, career, and business—as well as of a healthier, happier life,” he said. Watch an interview with Dr. Lopez recorded before his passing in 2016.

This upcoming symposium will provide students and the community with a true story of hope. A story that can inspire and generate the hope within all of us to make life better for our students, our community and ourselves.

The Soul, Science and Culture of Hope
Tuesday, February 21 | 6:30 p.m.
South Mountain Community College | Performing Arts Center

After the symposium, Antwone Fisher will be available for autographs and photos.

The event is free. Please register at