Mariela Shaker on Surviving the War in Syria


Grow Through It: War & Conflict

Mariela Shaker survived the war in Syria, got a full scholarship to study music at Monmouth College, IL, and was honored as a White House Champion of Change for World Refugees. Shaker believes in the power of music to remove barriers between people and nations.

Richard Williams on Surviving the Oklahoma City Bombing


Grow Through It: Terrorism

Richard Williams, Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing survivor, describes being dug out of the rubble by first responders and healing with the support of family, faith and friends. He believes in doing something positive to have a sense of accomplishment.

Jeffrey Veatch on Losing a Child to a Drug Overdose


Grow Through It: Loss & Grief

Jeffrey Veatch talks about losing his son Justin to an accidental drug overdose and growing through it by finding a way to turn his tragedy around and do good for others. Veatch created a school talk to tell Justin’s story and help students protect themselves and their friends.

David Kaczynski on Growing Through an Ethical Dilemma


Grow Through It: Ethical Dilemmas

David Kaczynski describes the ethical dilemma he faced after suspecting his older brother Ted was the Unabomber. He attributes family support, trust, and the shared process of ethical decision-making (with his wife and mother) with helping him grow through it.

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