A Changed Life

Richard Doe, Maricopa County Chapter Director “See that kid right there with the black and orange shoes? You just changed his life.” These were words that were spoken to me by a school principal this last year in regards to one of her 6th grade students. After just 3 weeks spent mentoring this young boy, […]

Self-Control: Want What You Want to Want

Austin Davis, Community Engagement Specialist Do you ever find yourself wanting something better for your life, yet keep making decisions that don’t lead you there? Why is that? Why don’t we have the self-control to want something for ourselves and immediately make the changes to make it happen? Contrary to the cultural mantra of “Do […]

Show Up

Lindsay Palmer, Program Director “80% of success is just showing up” – Woody Allen When it comes to mentoring, truer words have never been spoken. Often times when speaking with people about Teach One to Lead One and the role of our volunteer mentors, I get a response like “That’s great! I could never be […]

Practice what you Teach: Compassion.

Lindsay Palmer, Program Director Of all twelve Teach One to Lead One sessions that we lead with students, the session on Compassion is one of my favorites. The two components of compassion that we teach are: Understanding + Responsiveness During the session, we watch video clips and perform a variety of activities with kids to […]

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Austin Davis, Community Engagement Specialist “We have built entire systems to fix the exhaust but nothing to fix the engine.” -Robert Rhoton CEO of Arizona Trauma Institute I had the pleasure to hear Robert Rhoton speak at the 3rd Annual Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Consortium at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Robert, as well as 4 other […]

Authenticity in Mentoring

Lindsay Palmer, Program Director My husband and I were recently afforded the opportunity to take a year off from “real life” and travel through Central and South America. The trip of a lifetime, really. I was doing some organizing of pictures the other day and came across this photo. It’s one of my favorites of […]

Mentor Post: Finding Purpose

**From a T1L1 Mentor in Maricopa County** When I signed up to be a mentor with  Teach One to Lead One®, I had no idea how much I would love volunteering to mentor these kids.  It is so exciting to see the students learn and grow before your eyes in such a short period of […]

The Suicide Crisis

If you live in the Phoenix area, you have most likely heard about the tragedy that took place on May 11, 2015  at a local high school – Corona Del Sol. Marcus, an 18 year old senior and athlete, brought a gun to school with the sole purpose of ending his life on campus. In […]


One of the many pieces of truth that  we give to  Teach One to Lead One® students is that in order to have GREAT relationships, it involves  respect  and  meaningful effort.   We say that each person has a Relational Bank Account (RBA).  Just like a financial bank account, you can make deposits or withdrawals into […]

The Person Least Expected to Change

Teach One to Lead One® exists to transform at-risk kids into upright citizens. But ask any volunteer mentor  and you’ll quickly  learn that T1L1 also transforms our adult mentors!   When I began as a volunteer mentor with T1L1, little did I know that four years later I would be moving across the country to […]