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 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 an online community setting (coming soon!).

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.  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. Along with her administrative role, Dardi is 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 in the trenches each and every day with HOPE.

Warriors of Hope

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


We'd love to connect with you!

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