Quotes from Educators
"If America wants sustained and dramatic change linked with responsible citizenship, then moving forward requires dynamic life leadership. I believe the Ambassadors of Compassion Leadership Program will be the fuel that ignites the passion to begin and the perseverance to finish for millions of teenagers."
Gene Bedley, National Educator of the Year, Founder and Executive Director, National Character Education Center, and Global Leader in Value-Based Education
"I want you to know how important your Ambassadors of Compassion work is and how greatly it impacted our kids and adults … and me. I have never been so blown away by a group of speakers (referring to the AOC Kickoff Event) in my life!!"
Trish McCarty, Founder and CEO, StarShine Academy Schools
"The Ambassadors of Compassion program has provided our students with the unique chance to give back to the community, and throughout the process, find their voice. It has provided our students with an overwhelming amount of individual confidence and has allowed them to not only find out what they stand for, but also realize who they really are."
Anthony D. Fusco Jr., M.Ed., History Instructor and Ambassadors of Compassion Team Coach, West Phoenix High School
"Students at Crestview High School in Phoenix have been greatly impacted by the Ambassadors of Compassion program. This opportunity to structure a safe place for students to talk and discuss issues was a truly amazing thing."
Samantha Sinclair, Grants Coordinator, Leona Group Charter Schools
Quotes from Youth
"I now know I have hope for the future. Ambassadors of Compassion was the best thing I have ever done in my entire life."
Lyric, High School Student, Inland Empire, CA
"The Ambassadors of Compassion experience has reinforced qualities in me that can make me a greater leader and example. It has reminded me that life can be tough but it is up to us to persevere through obstacles."
Danny, High School Student, San Diego, CA
"I was kicked out of 16 schools in 4 years. I would get into at least one fight every day, maybe even more. I am extremely grateful to Ambassadors of Compassion for giving me a chance to understand many parts of myself that I never thought existed. In 2011 I graduated from Rising Stars Business Academy and started attending Argosy University and I am currently holding a 4.0 grade point average."
Yisel, Recipient of the 2013 Ambassadors of Compassion Leadership Award for Perseverance
"The impact this Ambassadors of Compassion journey had on my life was to stay in school, get good grades, and go to college. The most important thing I learned was to be yourself and not let anybody tell you what you can't do."
Adam, High School Student, San Diego, CA
"The Ambassadors of Compassion experience has really made me think more about life. The most important thing I have learned is that forgiveness is really important in life."
Rebecca, High School Student
"Ambassadors of Compassion taught me a lot of valuable life skills and it showed me the responsibility we have to give back to the community."
Stephanie, High School Student, Australia
"This Ambassadors of Compassion journey has helped me realize the consequences of un-forgiveness and the changes I need to make for a successful future."
"The L.I.F.E. training taught me confidence, self-esteem, and how to be assertive. It also taught me not to blame myself for the things that happened in my life that I had no control over. One of the most important things that I learned was, 'Holding a grudge is like drinking poison, and hoping that the other person dies.' That quote really hit home, because I am a person that holds grudges."
"Using the Ambassadors of Compassion journal actually helps me get to know myself better."
Emily, High School Student
"The things that I liked most from this experience are that it helped me develop and helped me grow as a person. I think that by this experience I have evolved to a greater person just how my way of viewing life has changed. The journey has made me think of my life more positive as well as made me realize that all the mistakes of the past, not only have helped me by learning from them, but by becoming more aware of the little things that happen in my life. The most important thing I learned from this experience is that everything in each person's life, no matter how bad it is, you always have to look at the positive side and use it to help you later in life."
Carolina, High School Student
"The most important concept I have learned is that I will not stand alone when all odds seem to be against me. I will always remember that there are other youth who have survived hardships. I have really looked into what kind of person I am and my full potential as a leader and Ambassador of Compassion."
Maribel, High School Student, Escondido, CA
"What I learned from our Ambassadors of Compassion community service is that helping others makes me feel better about myself. The Ambassadors of Compassion journey has taught me to be selfless and thankful."
Jacob, High School Student
"The impact that the Ambassadors of Compassion journey had in my life was that I should never give up on myself or my dreams, and not only that, but also that there are people out there willing to help you and that are going through the same things you're going through."
Cinthya, High School Student
"I'm 15 years old. The experience I had while being in AOC is that it helped me stay on track and achieve my goals. The impact that this journey had on my life is that it helped me to realize the important things life has to offer. It also showed me that it is better to forgive and not hold a grudge."
Israel, High School Student
"What I like about this experience is that I'm not the only one facing the same problems. There are other people that are going through the same struggle. The most important thing I learned was labor. This word means you have to be consistent, you have to go after it and put it in your mind and achieve your goals and be what you wanna be. Now I realize how important it is to make the right choice and not mess up later on in life."
Francisco, High School Student
"What I like about this Ambassadors of Compassion experience was that it teaches teens to stay in school and get good grades. The impact this journey had on my life was to stay in school, get good grades, and go to college. The most important thing I learned from this experience was to be yourself and do not let anybody tell you what you can't do."
Tyshawn, High School Student
"I believe the Ambassadors of Compassion Leadership Program will be the fuel that ignites the passion to begin and the perseverance to finish for millions of teenagers. I've seen the results and they are stellar!"
Gene Bedley 40 Years In Public Education, National Outstanding Educator Of The Year, Founder / Executive Director, National Character Education Center, Global Leader in
"I grew up in a very tough part of Chicago and I know how important it is to build into the lives of our youth. Ambassadors of Compassion's leadership model - Train, Measure, and Honor - produces lasting results and changed lives."
Jerry ColangeloFormer Owner - Phoenix Suns, Former Owner - Arizona Diamondbacks, Led USA Basketball to a Gold Medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, Ambassador Of Compassion
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