Hey guys. My name is Ashly Shue, I’m 15 years old. I go to East Detroit High School. Your presentation was amazing. I’ve had a lot of struggles. My father is an alcoholic…and has almost died. Also three of my grandmothers had cancer. They survived. Gabriel, I admire you for going through that. And Kirk…I know how it feels to be abused, and I’ve built a barrier of my own too. You guys broke it down earlier today. Thank you both for coming to my school. I admire you both. Thank you so much.
Hi, I graduated from high school at Kalamazoo Central 3 years ago…I just wanted to let you know that lately, whenever I need something empowering, I listen to your words. Since graduating I’ve moved to New York and I’ve been sharing your words and stories here and you’ve got many fans here now. I hope you’re both doing well, and I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you.-
…I was at Lakeside Academy and attended the classes that were put on by Speak It Forward. I loved and appreciated what you did for me and my fellow peers. It has been almost a year and a half since I left and I’m doing much better now. The things you taught me I still use to this day. Thank you.-
I still wear my shirt from your first performance downtown Kalamazoo. Circa 2006 or so… You guys are the TRUTH!!!-