Warriors of Hope

Welcome to Hope 4 The Wounded.  We'd like to invite you to explore our website community where educators and childhood advocacy professionals alike can find support for reaching wounded children--children beyond "at-risk"--through a variety of inspiration, encouragement, and how-to's for doable, practitioner-developed social emotional learning practices and strategies. We have a variety of free offerings, information about scheduling speaking or professional development, as well as online courses for certificate hours or graduate credit.


People who choose to work with children and positively impact the trajectory of their lives through education and programming are Warriors. We want to encourage you as you fight to bring HOPE.


The needs of "your kids" are ever-evolving.  There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to reaching wounded children, so we have created resources to support you in your setting and as needs change. You decide what might work best, and we provide you with the tools for implementation.


We want to empower you in your quest to be the difference for others while at the same time, becoming the best version of you!  You'll find inspiration and empowerment from us and from other professionals in periodic, quick-read blog posts.  Feel free to contact us with topics of interest!

21-Question Survey on Empathy, Wounded Students, & Education

Hope 4 The Wounded provides this free survey tool to utilize personally or within your organization to begin identifying areas of strength and areas for growth. A scale is also provided for your reference.  If you have any questions or would like to pursue further training for your organization, please let us know!

Download 21-Question Empathy Survey Free

Hope 4 The Wounded Co-Founders

Dr. Joe Hendershott

Joe Hendershott, Ed.D., is a sought-after speaker about the effects of trauma on learning and behaviors, & working with wounded students™.  As founder of Hope 4 The Wounded, he also provides consulting, staff training, an online course, & has authored three books:  Reaching The Wounded Student, 7 Ways to Transform the Lives of Wounded Students, and most recently co-authored with his wife, Dardi,  Supporting the Wounded Educator: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Self-Care to round out a comprehensive, practitioner-developed approach to social-emotional learning. Joe has over thirty years in education and is the recipient of the 2015 National Crystal Star Award for dropout prevention & the 2016 Bixler Award, which recognizes excellence in education.  His ongoing research, his practical experiences as both a teacher and administrator, and his personal experiences as an adoptive father give him a unique perspective that is engaging, thought-provoking, and inspiring.


Dardi Hendershott

Dardi Hendershott is co-founder of Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC.  Dardi is a certified health and wellness coach, a trained and formerly licensed foster/adoptive parent, and is a huge advocate for professionals working with children of trauma. Her own experiences as an adoptive mother and years of walking alongside Joe through the trials and tribulations of teaching and education administration give her a unique perspective to the demands placed on professionals serving wounded children that she has shared at educational conferences, with faith-based audiences, and with education majors at universities. Dardi co-authored Supporting the Wounded Educator: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Self-Care with husband, Joe.  Her passion is to equip, empower, and encourage those working in the trenches each and every day with HOPE through a lens of overall wellness.

Our Inspiration

At the root of our passion for bringing HOPE 4 the wounded is our family.  Our children, and now grandchildren, are the source of our joy and inspiration.  They make us brave and spur our desire to bring HOPE into our communities.  Our oldest four adult children are educators themselves, one son is in college, and our four youngest children cover the elementary, middle, and high school grade levels.  Through them, our professional endeavors are very personal as we continue to witness every day the powerful influence of educators and other professionals in the lives of our children.  During a time in our world where there's too much division and uncertainty, we believe our schools and community organizations are where we are going to establish connection and HOPE that we can build upon.  

Warriors of Hope

Some of our Warriors of Hope from across the globe...We are honored to know every one of you!


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