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May 1

Aspire To Reach Higher

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Uncategorized


Today is the TreeHouse Gala. It’s a celebration of TreeHouse’s 30-year legacy of Love – Hope – Transformation.

This year our Gala theme is “Aspire: It’s Time To Reach Higher.” It’s a wonderful invitation and a challenge. It’s also an indication of the legacy TreeHouse is building on.


Here is what we have been learning about the impact of TreeHouse from Wilder Research.

Key findings for our four goals for teens:

98% of TreeHouse teens* report a decrease in at-risk behavior since coming to TreeHouse

81% of TreeHouse teens* report a positive change in all three relationship areas of God, self and others since coming to TreeHouse

TreeHouse teens are 24% more likely to graduate than their peers

93% of TreeHouse teens* in grades 10-12 report they’ve begun making plans for after high school

Key findings around bullying:

80% of teens* who were bullied prior to TreeHouse report that issue has improved since coming to TreeHouse

87% of teens* who self-identified as being bullies reported a decrease in that behavior since coming to TreeHouse

What TreeHouse Youth are Reporting

“Because of TreeHouse, I …”
… feel people care about, love or support me; I feel I am not alone.
… feel closer to God.
… have a safe place to go.
… feel better about myself.
… have learned how to cope or handle problems better.
… get along better with my parents, friends and others.
… have learned to make better choices.
… feel life is worth living.
… am alive.

It’s a legacy we’re proud of, and we Aspire: It’s Time To Reach Higher.


Tonight’s musical guests are The Tenors, formerly known as The Canadian Tenors. My favorite songs by The Tenors includes a track off their latest release, Lead With Your Heart, called “Forever Young.”

I can’t help but think of my own twenty-five years with TreeHouse as I read the following words wishing of leaving a legacy of love, hope and transformation and to be “forever young.”

Forever Young

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
Let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the sky
Climb on every rung
May you stay..
Forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth and see the light surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay..
Forever young

Forever young 2x
May you stay Forever..

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation when the winds of changes shift
May you heart always be joyful, may your song always be sung
And may you stay forever young

Forever young 2x
May you stay Forever Young

And may you stay
May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you stay
Forever young

#LeavingALegacy of honor is #mysilentscream.

Bring on the comments

  1. I’m excited to be part of a life-transforming movement.

  2. Oh, and thank you (blush). #blessed

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