Self-Control: Want What You Want to Want

Austin Davis, Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox 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 […]

Phoenix Suns Grant Brings Hope to Our AthletesPhoenix Suns Charities

“Leadership is possible in all different ways, and in all different areas of life. Whether it is with friends or family, I expect them to set a great example for me, and hopefully I will do the same for them. And that is all part of being a leader.” Steve Nash Grants are given by […]

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 […]

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 […]

Devereux: T1L1’s first AZ siteDevereux Day School

After 7 months of hard work, preparation, and networking, the Teach One to Lead One® program begins for the first time in the state of Arizona! The mentor team is in training right now so they will be ready to transform kids at Devereux Day School. We are so excited to partner with Devereux! Devereux […]

The Secret to Transformation

Each year, thousands of kids are transformed through the Teach One to Lead One® program across the globe. After the great impact our mentors are making with these young people, hundreds of thousands of kids still remain at-risk. The goal to reach these students is bigger than any of us can accomplish on our own! […]