From Hosts of Substance Abuse Programs
Old Town High School
Old Town, Maine
"I just wanted to take the time to thank you for sharing your knowledge
with our 9th Grade students during our awareness program. The results
of our evaluations indicate that our students found your presentation
both entertaining and informative. This particular class is really difficult
to engage in activities. We have struggled on many occasional to get them
involved and only a handful seem to want to be part of the class. Your
'Perfect High' presentation includes audience participation and to be
honest I didn't have much hope that this class would participate. The
staff and I were overjoyed that they were actively involved in this program.
I watched a class go from sitting still to standing up and singing and
dancing. You should take pride in knowing that you are making a difference
in our future citizens."
Pat Kimball, Chemical Health Coordinator
"Jackson has designed wonderful programs for prevention, intervention,
and training venues for youth. Just some of the feedback we received for
attendees at the conference:
'This is a must-see workshop.'
'Funny, informative, and great use of characters.'
'Gillman's performance draws you into the story and holds you there.'
'This was the best part of the entire conference!'
I believe that these quotes are testimony to Jackson Gillman's talent
and commitment to substance abuse prevention."
Allison M. Cox, Public Health Educator
Sacopee Valley High School
"Your performances on both days of our recent Chemical Awareness
Conference was outstanding. I know that I can depend on consistently outstanding
work from you. But don't rely on my opinion alone. Both of your programs
received the highest rating from over 90% of the students! When asked
what they liked best about the conference, students replied, "Jackson
Gillman," again and again. Your contributions were the overwhelming favorites
of students and staff alike."
Maine State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Conference
- Riveting! Excellent medium to communicate the message.
- I'd seen this performance before and enjoyed it equally the second
time around. Great to see non-traditional methods of presentation.
- Fabulous! Love the ideas for working with teenagers. Held me spellbound.
- Being the only youth in the audience I am only speaking for a small
percent of the conference, but I thought he was great in presenting
the material. I would hire him.
University of Maine Health Center
"Wow! You did a magnificent job at our conference. You moved college
students, faculty and staff by bringing to life the issue of living with
alcohol problems. You have a super talent and a fantastic delivery. Our
sincere thanks for your efforts."
Jay High School
We all thought your presentation was great. (Student rating - 97% excellent)
The students couldn't rate your study guide. The committee rates it A+++.
Thank you for your powerful performances. The combination of your conviction,
theater and humor delivered your difficult message most successfully.
I hope you will return to Putney often.
Mahwah NJ High School
We would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to you for your presentation
of "Hard Knocks." We have received nothing but positive comments from
both students and faculty members about your powerful depiction of an
alcoholic and his family. Your presentation helped us to make our most
successful S.A.D.D. Day ever. And what is even better, is that you enabled
us to reach students that need help.
State of Maine Office of Substance Abuse
Please feel free to use this letter as a recommendation to others who
are looking for creative ways to get important messages about substance
abuse across to their target audiences. The wide variety of approaches
you use is both impressive and fun. As you were performing at our "Treatment
Works" celebration I watched the reaction of both adults and kids. It
is testimony to your skill that both groups were able to identify with
your characters and the messages being conveyed. I heard the term "awesome"
more than once!
Full texts of these and other reference letters, with contact information,
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