• Reviews

  • From Students

    YC2006_Youth_097

    Hey, you came to my Middle School Monday afternoon and it was your last speaking event of the day. I kind of understand what you went through as a child. When I was younger, I saw my mom get beat up by her boyfriends all the time. I couldn’t even give her a hug because she had so many bruises, cuts, and injuries. I have a scar on my foot from my mom’s old boyfriend from him getting a nail and scratching me. My real dad doesn’t even care about me. Never really has. I got bullied a lot in elementary school cause I lived with my dad. I went to school with bad breath, greasy hair, torn up jeans and an oversized shirt everyday, and smelled like smoke. I would tell you more but it gets way worse. On the outside I am a normal happy girl. But really I cry myself to sleep every night because I don’t know what to do with my life. I fake a smile everyday so people don’t see my hurt. My mom says I’m worthless, stupid, and a bad child all the time because I never do anything right. And the rest of my family agrees. So I just wanted to thank you for telling your story and showing me there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I am going make it out, just like you did.”
    Aspen, 8th Grade, Wyoming

    Chad, I have been bullied all my life for being different. I guess being ‘emo’ is not cool to some people. It got so bad that I thought about suicide and I never told anyone, not my parents or my friends. I really wanted to let you know that because of you I have stopped thinking that way and have opened up to my parents. You have helped me more than you’ll ever know.”
    James, 9th Grade, Georgia

    Your speech really inspired me… I cried almost the whole assembly. I am really going through some hard times. My parents just got divorced and I’ve been giving in to some peer pressure from friends. I just wanted you to know that you put a smile on my face and reached me today and not a lot of people have ever done that for me.”
    Brittany, 11th Grade, West Virginia

    That was one of the best things that has ever happened to our school. It was amazing and I’ll never forget your speech. I needed to hear that. Just forty minutes changed a lot of people’s outlook toward life.”
    Nikki, 10th Grade, California

    Chad, you are incredible. Best assembly we’ve ever had! I never knew that one hour could change our whole school.”
    Rob, 12th Grade, Oklahoma

    Chad, thank you for coming to our school today. I loved every minute of it. I can kind of relate to you because my mom was on drugs real bad and she overdosed because she was sick of us. It’s been real hard on me this past year. I lost my dad and my grandma. Thank you for talking to all of us. Because of you, I will never give up.”
    Jackson, 8th Grade, Illinois

    When I heard we were going to have an assembly, I thought it would be the typical boring kind. Little did I know how wrong I was—as soon as you started speaking, I knew you could understand what I was going through.”
    Stephen, 11th Grade, Indiana

    I can honestly say you have opened my eyes! You are the best speaker our school has ever had. Every eye was on you and nobody spoke the whole time. Every one of my friends was holding on to every word you spoke. Thank you for coming and believing in us!”
    Lauren, 12th Grade, Pennsylvania

    Thank you for your speech today. It has really inspired me! I don’t have problems at home but I have had problems at school with boys telling me bad stuff and treating me bad. I have tried to run away and I even tried cutting myself. I realized today that I want to be successful no matter what people say and you taught me that! You are truly inspirational and you are amazing for doing what you do and giving me hope!”
    Serena, 8th Grade, Mississippi

    I know I am just another kid sending you a message, but I want you to know that you changed my life today. I listened to every word you said and I couldn’t take my eyes off of you. When I’m older I want to help kids all over the world just like you. You are my role model.”
    Jerrick, 9th Grade, Florida

    I just wanted to say you’re my hero. Everything that happened to you and you’re still successful. I look up to you so much. You’re the most real, honest person I’ve ever met. You honestly changed my life. Thank you for coming to my school!”
    Jesse, 10th Grade, Iowa

    I know I am just another kid with another message but I want you to know you have changed my life today. I was at your assembly and I couldn’t take my eyes off you. I listened to every word you said. That was the most incredible story I’ve ever heard. To be honest, I thought that it would be something boring but you proved me wrong. I was shocked the way you grabbed everyone’s attention. It impacted me greatly and changed everything about me. It has made me a better person. Today I have realized I want to help kids all over the world just like you do.”
    John, 11th Grade, Maryland