From Our Youth…

Engaged Outreach Posing with Ovid Elsie Students
“It showed me that we often speak past each other, without noticing it. By targeting this dissonance my relationship with others will improve, allowing us to see each other at a deeper level.”

-Brendyn S.

“The most important thing I learned is that you should never get down on yourself about the past because it’s the futures that can make your past worth it.”

-Skylar R.

“Coming here has given me concrete examples of how to lead others and how to improve relationships in my life.”

-Joe A.

“I now understand how important things are during conversations, like body language and tone.”

-Gaib K.

“Some of the benefits of this, for me, were helping me talk in front of people, learning how to build relationships, building my confidence and making new friends.”

-Donovan Y.

From Our Future Leaders…

Group of Students with Technology Devices
“I want to encourage everyone to come to this course. I think it will help you to start your conversation, to get out of the box, to get out of your comfort zone, to just be yourself, the authentic yourself, and to share your life.”

–Zhenqi Tan

“[These programs] will definitely contribute to your success. ”

–Monique Zentner

“Not only can it help you remember their name, but also remember what they are doing, their passions and their hobbies, and career path. You can communicate and connect with them better.”

– Dean Zhu

“I learned one of the huge tools on stress was deciding how much anxiety to give something and only giving it that much. “

–Sierrah Macocha

“After that, I found that I remember peoples names and know what we talked about. I would challenge you to take the same course so you also have those tools.”

– Brandon Goddard

From Our Community Partners…

Dale Carnegie Class
“Students who have had this experience do not appear to be as stressed when I proctor a test, and I have seen a notable improvement in their attitudes and self-motivation. We need to find the funding and make the time to provide this affordable and life-changing program to all of the youth in our community!”

–Karen A. Anderson, M. Ed., Substitute Teacher

“Your image is based on your actions. Do what’s right and be the one people come to.”

– Jocelyn H.

“I realized that my passion is all about taking something rough and raw, like a piece of wood or a person, and refining it and milling it into something beautiful… Now my whole family has had this experience.”

– Pastor Phil Maxwell, First Baptist Church, St. Louis, MI

“Confident people get things done by standing up for what they believe in.”

– Zachary M.