We created Jeremiah's Hope for Kindness in memory of our son, Jeremiah, who took his life on Oct. 22, 2006 at age 21. He wrote that he no longer wanted to live in a world in which "people were so cruel." In another letter he wrote about being bullied and stated that it left him with no self esteem and feeling like a loser. Jeremiah’s Hope for Kindness is dedicated to spreading hope, respect, kindness and compassion in our homes, schools and communities.
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Your donation will help ensure that we can continue our work fostering kind and respectful homes, schools and communities. Thank you!! :)
Here is what people are saying about our work:
"Friday was the most inspiring uplifting and amazing presentation I have been at. I know you made a difference with all that was spoken and sharing your story and message. It definitely is one that I won't forget, and I know there are many other kids I go to school with that say the same. Thank you for coming. Ann you really touched all of us!" - high school student
"My daughter came home yesterday telling me all about you, your family and everything you spoke about today. I am sorry for your loss of Jeremiah, I am however grateful that you have the opportunity to touch so many lives and help change the future of these young people. I think so many adults could learn from this as well. Thank you again." -mother of student at a school where Ann presented
"I was able to attend your presentation yesterday, and I loved what you had to say. You tied in your personal story very well with how to make the world a kinder, better place. It was inspiring to hear how you went back to school and started an organization to make a difference. The materials that were handed out were very informative on how to stop bullying. My other classmates and I now feel motivated to be kinder to everyone.Thank you for taking time to encourage others to be nice to everyone and how we can make a difference in other people's lives." -high school student
"Ann came to our school to present on how to combat bullying. She did a fantastic job presenting. Students could relate to her personal story and struggle. Based on Ann’s performance and interaction with the students, I would rate her presentation as superior. I would highly recommend Ann’s presentation at any school". -Social Studies Teacher
"Mr. Ryan (elementary school principal) credits Ann Gettis as the catalyst for starting the Olweus Bullying Prevention programming (in his school). She has been a real advocate. Now kids are being empowered with the tools to prevent and deal with bullying, and the school is committed to it for the long term." "Ann has gone above and beyond to help us get this program going said the middle school guidance counselor" -quotes from Kenyon Leader article.
"Thank you Ann for coming. You really made me see what bullying can do and the affects." -Middle School Student
"You know a lot of information and it was easy to see you have done a lot of research. I liked a lot of your ideas." -High School Student
"I liked that she (Ann) shared her own experience. I liked that we could interact while she was talking. I thought that it was cool that she told us different things that we can do to make bullying stop". -High School Student
"I am a case manager for a mental health facility and my job is to work with children. I have used so many lessons from Jeremiah's Hope for Kindness with children who are going through bullying but also children who are having other troubles too. You see, even in the midst of your pain - you are effecting change in people's lives that you don't even know you help. To add to that, many of my co-workers have gotten ideas also from you!" -supporter of Jeremiah's Hope for Kindness