"Shannon normally dreaded talking in front of people, and now she loves it! She signed up for debate team, which was a huge confidence booster for her. I think this also helped her work through stress and apply different techniques every day. Shannon said that at first, YALP was one of those things she wasn't going to enjoy. Now she says it's one of the best classes she's ever taken. She learned a lot and applied the knowledge right away. It was worth the investment, it helped her tremendously, and gave her life-long valuable skills."
-Lisa E, Parent
"Nathan reluctantly agreed to attend, and the drive to the class was always a quiet drive. Driving back from graduation, however, was the loudest. Nathan said he got so much out of it and thanked me for sticking with it. Just to get an enthusiastic thank you at graduation, was relieving. The value he got out of it went beyond the curriculum. He also got to bond with the instructors and enhance his public speaking delivery. What I tell every parent who is considering this program? Itís a game changer in building confidence, presence, and articulation."
-Rob P, Parent
"Would definitely invest in this program over again. I saw Casey's confidence grow tremendously. She liked being there and could relate to the other students. Everyone was different, but I could see how all the students there benefited from the program. This experience has helped her handle situations in high school and will help the college interview process for civil engineering."
-Karen B, Parent
"I've seen my son grow and feel more confident throughout the program. During his first robotics competition, his teammates commented on his leadership skills to get people to work together. He was completely new to this group, however, he made good suggestions to the team, and now he's the lead mechanic for the group. Even his high school coach commented how cool and calm he remained under pressure."
-Rose M, Parent
“YALP’s focus is on working with our young adults and giving them the tools to become better leaders for our community. My goal for my two high school children was to expose them to new techniques on how to become better leaders amongst their peers. YALP achieved this goal and exceeded our expectations. Both Anna and Danny felt the time they invested in the program allowed them to learn new leadership skills and techniques that will be useful not only in high school but in college and beyond."
-Christine C, Parent
"Garrett came out of his shell talking to more people in school, building more relationships, even sitting with new people at lunch. The biggest benefit for him was being able to enhance his public speaking, confidence, and communications."
-Valerie B, Parent
"At first, I was hesitant about the program because I wasn't sure my daughter had the time to take on another class. I had to personally thank [Dale Carnegie staff] at graduation. YALP was not a waste of time, it was worth the time. It also made a big difference with her communications and expanded her social circle."
-Dee B, Parent
"It was a great experience for Jenna and connected her with other participants her age. Both I and her mother noticed she has come out of her shell so much more after taking the program. Jenna seemed very enthusiastic about YALP, which she doesn't always show towards other opportunities like these."
-Roger M, Parent
"Erik said YALP really helped him with public speaking. He's had to do speeches and present projects in school and his confidence grew tremendously. At first, he said being critiqued in public speaking was off-putting, but then he realized the instructors were doing it to be helpful. Erik always wanted to go to every session of YALP, he enjoyed it, and looked forward to it. It was a good atmosphere for him."
-Karen I, Parent
"Krisana's experience in YALP helped her with her people skills and public speaking. She speaks more concisely and with more confidence since taking the course, which was very beneficial."
-Swati G, Parent
"My son, Tanner, had a great experience participating in YALP last summer, which motivated us to sign Amanda up. She's very different from her brother and it seems she got a lot of different things out of YALP. She wants to be a teacher, so learning human relations skills, public speaking skills, and stress management skills all apply to her future career. So far, I've noticed she's putting herself out there more and sharing how to apply Dale Carnegie Principles in her academic and social life."
-Diane O, Parent
"Ryan said that he normally gives a lot of presentations at school. After YALP, he said doing a presentation was so easy! And the more noticeable thing for him was that it helped him organize his thoughts. Overall, I thought it was a very positive experience."
-Lynne B, Parent
"Virginia is already a confident person, but YALP reminded her of her self-worth. Generally, when helping others, you sometimes lose yourself. Sometimes you may take criticism unnecessarily. In YALP, Virginia was able to maintain her own personality without judgment. It made a difference at school with classmates who made things difficult for her. Sometimes parents can't say enough, so Virginia benefited by developing people skills like listening more, using words and body language to develop compassion. She learned how to be the shoulder someone could lean on."
-Lisa L, Parent
"YALP gave her the tools to communicate more effectively while expressing her opinion. The ability to be well prepared and take the edge off-was not something Leanne was accustomed to. YALP gave her the confidence to speak in front of others in a relaxed manner. She developed skills that will benefit her through high school and her years at University of Denver Business School. She said herself that she needs these set of skills, and now she's been through the program, she has more confidence."
-Laurie D, Parent
"“This program really increased my confidence. Before I was really a nervous public speaker, but my nervousness went away. Dale Carnegie helped me go up to the podium. I’ve been talking to more people in school and I’ve taken it on myself to start a relationship with people. I’m in a literature class, which is based on discussion, and sometimes I don’t have the same views as others. Now I know how to listen and hear where that person is coming from.” "
Nicole S. @ Bryn Mawr School
"“She’s gotten a huge boost in confidence speaking in public and speaking in groups and the program has helped her learn tips on how to manage stress.” "
"“This program teaches you something different; you’re meeting people, like you, who are trying to improve themselves in more than one way. This class is exciting and very helpful for things you want to do, like make new friends. This year, I met two exchange students from China and persuaded them to join the robotics club.”"
Brandi R. @ Friends School of Baltimore
"“Connor got a lot of it, he’s doing more advocating for himself and making sure he’s better at communicating, in a short period of time. His confidence has soared, he knows what he wants, and he’s more self-assured. The benefits are sort of exponential. It’s really done a lot for him, more than you know.”"
Dr. Williams - mother
"“This year I’ve been working with others a lot in group projects. We had a situation recently where people weren’t working well together and I was able to combine different interests so that everyone could get along. This program has also helped me with networking; I feel a lot more comfortable talking to new people and hearing others out. The class is challenging and fun. I still talk to my friends from the class.”"
Kaitlin G. @ Maryvale Preparatory School
"“So far I’ve been making more friends in school than I had before and I’m not shying away from answering questions. This program has helped me a lot with my self-confidence and my character, figuring out my leadership style—it’s impacted me quite a bit. Now I’m able to share ideas while also being a good listener to others. For me, I expected there to just be a lecture but the program is very interesting and engaging and you’re not just sitting there bored out of your mind. I’m a visual person, and the class keeps me interested. Plus, you’re doing it while you learn it.” "
Janae E. @ Roland Park Country School
"“I’m more vocal now and taking classes at school that are out of my comfort zone. The class is showed me how to be more confident and manage myself, instead of cramming at the last minute. In the class, you have to get to know people right off the bat. Hearing others talk makes you think about serious situations differently. There’s a lot of benefit from having the student coaches, you can learn a lot from them.”
Shawn S. @ Boys Latin School
"Taking this program prepares you for learning something different than what you’re used to. I was used to learning study habits, so this was different for me. This program also helped me grow out of my fear of public speaking which became really useful for my senior speech. That alone was a huge stress reliever.
Jasmine Y. @ St. Paul's School for Girls
"Even if you're the most outgoing person, you still get something out of it. No matter where you are socially or stress wise you have something to gain. This program has helped me deal with stress, procrastination, and upcoming projects. I do the little things first, and doing that has kept me structured and balanced. The class shows you how to put these Dale Carnegie principles into action. It's hard to remember everything you learned the first time, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to come back as a coach.