This experience has truly changed my life. I have learned patience, perseverance, and determination. I have made friends I hope learn even more about, who have made me realize people aren’t always what they seem. I have met a teacher who truly gives the word teacher real meaning. You have taken twelve kids who didn’t know what a leader was and molded us into real leaders. One of the most important things I have learned is dealing with people better. I have learned to look at situations open-mindedly and to be more mature when dealing with stressful situations. Also, I have learned to develop better strategies with my time such as writing things down and setting a time to do them. This type of strategy helps me in home and school life. – Lauren T.
You have been a wonderful help. Everything I have learned from you will be forever useful in my life. – Amy Y.
The Rising Stars program, in conjunction with the coaching session, helped me to redefine the perception I held of my potential for being a leader and for being successful. It helped me grow tremendously as a person. Not only did I get to know myself both my strengths and weaknesses, but also I learned how to take my dreams and turn them into attainable goals. People have noticed the change in me and great things have happened. – Kathryn E.
As the parent coordinator, I want to express my thoughts regarding this past summer’s career camp. I had the opportunity to listen to the graduates “3-minute” graduation presentation and to speak with several parents during the ceremony. The presentations were well thought out and demonstrated the impact that Rising Stars had on each of them. In speaking with the parents, they came because they saw positive changes in their daughters and sons within 3 days. These parents wanted to reinforce this positive change by showing their support. – Marcelita (21st Century Scholars)
“Rising Stars excited the 25-30 teen center regulars and applications exceeded the available spaces.” – Marya T., Teen Center Director
My life was already heading in the right direction and I did not need any help. I took the program anyway and have furthered myself with the things I have learned about life, attitude, and goals. This is stuff you won’t learn in school. – Brendan C. (junior)
I took the program to figure out how to develop a stronger work ethic so I could figure out how to achieve my dreams. I definitely think it was worth it to sign up. – Carl W. (senior)
I thought the program was just going to be about leadership, but I developed more self-confidence and I am learning about myself instead of somebody else. – Jessica S. (sophomore)
“We felt the program was a great success and goes a long way toward creating leaders out of all kids: not only the ones who are already recognized as leaders in their schools, but also for those who might be experiencing some disciplinary and educational challenges.” – George M., Prevention Coordinator for County Department of Education
I was not sure what I would learn in the program, but it helped me realize that whatever goal you have is attainable. – Nikki M. (sophomore)
“Their reluctance to create a Dream Inventory is understandable … after all, aren’t dreams for those children of privilege whose parents tuck them in at night? These are kids who live in foster care because they’ve either been abused, neglected or rejected by their families. These kids can have a hard time believing that they can make happen what they put down on paper. But by Friday a 14-year-old participant has listed 120 dreams, and she was ready to say, ‘Maybe I can make these dreams come true!” – Nathan B., Instructor at a Foster School
I want to thank you for providing our students with the opportunity to experience Rising Stars. I was fascinated by the number of things they learned, such as to set goals and how to understand what makes a realistic and attainable goal. The one thing that I found most extraordinary about the program was the way it could be used with students who had very different life experiences and backgrounds. It is not often that a program can take children from different starting places and help each to grow at their own rate. – Therese J. assistant principalAvila University/Avila Advantage
“From my experiences with this program not only for my personal development, but from what I have witnessed in real life with students, has been an invaluable experience. I believe in the success of Rising Stars and the impact that it has on people’s lives, and throughout my profession I will continue to be an advocate for the program and utilize the concepts in future activities.” – Jennifer J., Student Coordinator for a Scholarship Program