"Most teenagers depart their senior years with a diploma and an unfortunate sense of irrelevancy to the outside world. Any One Stone student has a different story. My three years with this fantastic organization saved me from the confusing mediocrity that was high school, and instead, exhibited the power and responsibility I have as a human being to make the world a better place. The empathy, leadership, and community service my teammates and I experienced granted us with both a lifetime of extraordinary memories and pertinent 21st century skills, not only preparing us for college but for the rest of our lives."
“One Stone is the crux of my decision to pursue service for others in life. I've learned that kindness and empathy are extraordinarily contagious and have the ability to legitimately change lives.”
“One Stone has by far been one of the most influential experiences of my life. I discovered a passion for service and experienced first-hand the impact a single group of high school students can make on a community. Throughout my time in One Stone, I grew as a leader and a team member.”
"One Stone has radically disrupted the way I regard service, leadership and the world. It has taught me that everyone has the capabilities to be impactful leaders and kindness and service should be ingrained in everyone’s lives as a continual habit, not as a random occurrence. Not only has One Stone taught me to be a better leader, but it has taught me to be a more compassionate and confident person. That empowerment has been transcendent and will impact me for the rest of my life."
"One Stone was a transformative presence in my life. During my three years as a member I gained skills that will serve me for the rest of my life. I became a better collaborator while working with some of the most amazing people I've ever met. My confidence as a leader also grew immensely through my experiences. One Stone prepared me for leadership roles in college and beyond, but more importantly, it gave me skills that will be valuable in all aspects of my life—and I gained these skills by working on truly meaningful projects where I made life-long friends. "
"My One Stone transformation wasn't about discovering confidence in my voice, it was learning to listen. Through One Stone I discovered a passion for empathizing, using it to solve real-world issues in an innovative way. I only spent three years in One Stone, but the unforgettable experiences, lessons, and community of fellow world-changers will continue throughout my life."
“One Stone gave me confidence. Being able to make decisions that affected the organization, choose what I wanted to impact, and take a very ‘real world’ leadership position made me realize that I can do anything. This knowledge has propelled me into a state of confidence where I am not scared about picking a major, finding a job, or changing the world. My life would have no meaning without One Stone.”
"To me, One Stone is an empowering, supportive family that has shown me that my ideas can have an immediate impact in my community. One Stone has instilled a greater sense of confidence in who I am and liberated me to always be ready to use my voice as a means to create greater good in every aspect of my life. As I continue on in my life endeavors, I can’t help but look back and smile at my experiences In One Stone, knowing not only the impact I left on my community, but also thanking One Stone for shaping me into who I am today.”
“One Stone gave me the confidence to walk into a room full of new people and sit down not as a passive observer, but as an active participant.”
“Being involved in One Stone was truly encouraging because one was able to build a tailored project that fit our own parameters. In this way, the use of design thinking helped us to generate limitless ideas and to focus on the key elements of service.”
"One Stone provided me with so many opportunities to grow as an individual, as well to get involved in the world I live in. Being immersed in a community of like-minded, motivated students taught me lifelong skills such as leadership, creativity, and empathy, and helped me travel the journey from mentee to mentor.”
"One Stone gave me the confidence to express my voice when I couldn’t before. I have had wonderful experiences that not only helped others, but made me a better person who fully understands and advocates for empathy. The service and skills incorporated in our projects were great, but the people and the environment at One Stone were even better. I can’t wait to pay it forward with what I have learned. Thank you One Stone!!"
"One Stone made me truly realize how powerful the voice and actions of young adults and teenagers can be. One Stone takes all of the potential that high school students have, and teaches the students to craft it in a way that makes a difference while also empowering themselves. Being in One Stone was an extremely rewarding time in my life.”
“One Stone gave me the courage to follow my heart while also instilling in me the invaluable reminder that anyone can create ripples of goodness in the world. The magic of One Stone allowed me to always see the good in others and seek to make the world a better place. I learned that service, compassion, empathy and kindness are the most transformative and life-changing gifts you can give to the world. One Stone ultimately changed my life.”