“We need more Kyle’s in the world”

As Kyle stood up and took the microphone he looked across the room that was filled with his peers. His voice seemed to catch in his throat for a few moments and then his words tumbled out. “After today I realized how much stuff is going on in our lives. Hard stuff. A lot of you shared about your difficulties at home. Coming from a home where my mom and dad love me it’s hard to imagine what you are going through. I want you to know that I’m here for you. I’ll be here to listen and help however I can. I have a lot of problems myself, but I realized today that we are in this together.”

This emotional declaration of love and acceptance took place recently at one of our Point Break workshops where creating empathy and respect on high school campuses is a major theme. Kyle’s offer to his classmates was genuine and the response was a huge round of applause from both students and teachers. It’s a beautiful thing when someone discovers they are not alone in the struggles they face. After the workshop ended Kyle was surrounded by his classmates as they threw high fives and hugged one another. As the students boarded the bus for their return trip to school, there was a noticeable change in their behavior compared to when they arrived earlier that morning. It was hope.

As I write this the news coverage is focused on the latest school shooting in Florida.

We need more students like Kyle in this world.

-Steve Prettyman

*Names have been changed