Dear high school students,

Dear high school students,

“It is gratifying to know our work really has an impact. It’s incredible to watch it igniting a fire to spread awareness and promote healing in young people. High Schoolers, please never lose that drive, the eagerness to share, that beautiful vulnerability, and that desire to learn. You are the hope we all need.”

Dear "Sam,"

Dear "Sam,"

“You reminded me that I'm not alone, you reminded me I'm not the first, and sadly, not the last.  You and I shared words.  You reminded me that my emotions are not a death sentence; that life is worth living in its fullest color and darkest shadows."

Dear audience member at Rocky Hill School,

Dear audience member at Rocky Hill School,

“I didn’t throw him out because if anyone was going to find him dead, it would be me. Not a cop. Not a passerby. Not an EMT. Not the guy who gave him the lethal dose in some crappy apartment. Me. His father.”

To the Youth of Rhode Island,

To the Youth of Rhode Island,

“Even if your parents have only shown you one-way to live. Even if that way was really messed up. Even if that way included drugs or drinking. You’ve got power, you’ve got choices. You get to say no. Don’t despair if you feel like you don’t know what the future looks like. It doesn’t mean it won’t come. It will come.”