The Challenge

Perhaps our greatest challenge in the 21st century is engaging youth, our next generation of leaders, with opportunities that inspire, motivate, and equip them for a hope-filled future.

Significant issues facing today's youth:

  • High school dropout rates
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Mental and emotional dropouts
  • Aloneness and abandonment issues
  • Lack of workforce preparedness
  • Mental health issues
  • Bullying
  • Suicide
  • Student truancy
  • Disconnection Issues

"Joseph Allen and Claudia Worrell observe that 'the extension of adolescence has expanded so boundlessly that many teens no longer have any realistic sense of what they're ultimately preparing for, or even that they are preparing for something.' This applies even to those youth who appear to be healthy and successful but who nonetheless 'wake up in their mid-twenties clueless about how to get a job, manage money, cook, or live on their own.' "

Chap Clark, Hurt 2.0, page 38

"There are more than 75 million students enrolled in schools in the United States. They are the successors of today's business leaders. The problem is, approximately 30% of those students will drop out or fail to graduate from school. About 50% of minorities are dropping out."

Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup

'The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation put together the best education scientists in the country, plus $2 billion, to allow some masters of the universe to experiment with several thousand K-12 students to reduce the dropout rate. No success. The government put $4.35 billion in the Race to the Top fund with no improvement yet in learning. Great American institutions are trying every day to fix this problem to see some improvement. So far, all have failed."

Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup

In partnership with schools and other organizations, the Ambassadors of Compassion program empowers youth for success, develops character and leadership qualities, and encourages them to become involved in service to their community. It is the experience of self-discovery that leads to transformed lives. By 2020, we envision one million youth per year participating in the AOC journey, taking responsibility for their own lives, contributing meaningfully to the lives of those around them, and taking leadership to overcome the challenges facing their generation.

An example of the success of the Ambassadors of Compassion program is seen in a continuation high school in California's Inland Empire, where kids with very challenging life environments attend. The school had only 12 of 343 students (3%) graduate from high school in 2011. The following year, 104 seniors at this school took the AOC Journey and 93 (89%) of them graduated from high school.

You can be a vital part of helping create a bright future for today's youth. We invite your partnership with us to help empower youth for success.

"As a mother of two boys, it's important for me to volunteer my time to causes such as AOC, as I strive to do what I can to help children grow, learn and be loved."

Monica LindstromMonica is a media personality, adjunct professor, and mediator in Arizona. Co-host on AZTV's Arizona Daily Mix, and The Agenda on KTAR News. Legal expert for KTAR and Arizona Sports, Monica is also an Adjunct Professor at Arizona Summit Law School, and a board member with the Scottsdale Bar Association.

"The Ambassadors of Compassion experience has reinforced qualities in me that can make me a greater leader and example. It has reminded me that life can be tough but it is up to us to persevere through obstacles."

DannyHigh School Student, San Diego, CA