Testimonials

Testimonials

Cristi Benevides | Jordan August | Caryn August | Bank

Meet the Student Ambassadors

“My perspective has entirely shifted to ‘how can I be of service?'”

Student ambassadors are transformed by The Power of One program. From integrating into a new culture to getting to know exotic animals, these young adults will always carry lessons learned through The Power of One in their hearts.

Jordan August, Student Ambassador

Jordan is an amazing young man; thoughtful, highly intelligent, and one of the funniest people one will meet. Though having trouble finding his place in traditional high school and choosing to leave school, Jordan was able to earn his GED. He came to a meet and greet for the POWER OF ONE with his mom and instantly knew it was something he had to do. Imagine Jordan’s surprise that despite his shyness in school and never feeling like he fit it, he was one of the most popular and sought after people on the trip! Everyone absolutely fell in love with him! He was able to open up to members of the Program and experienced the feelings of being accepted and loved for the awesome person he is. Upon his return he has been going to college and has a job for the first time in his life.

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Jordan August

Jordan August

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Power of One Thailand, 2008

“Bank” Thamanoon Wattanaprida, Student Ambassador

Bank was chosen by his teachers to join the Power of One because of his educational excellence and kind heart. Bank graduated at the top of his class and thus was awarded the first college scholarship offered by the Blue Star of Hope to university in Bangkok, Thailand.

He is majoring in engineering. He writes letters to Juelle monthly to give her updates on his life. He is such a sweet soul – dedicated and so intelligent.

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Bank Thamanoon Wattanaprida

“Bank” Thamanoon Wattanaprida

Thapsakae, Thailand

Power of One Thailand, 2007

Meet the Mentors and Parents

“There’s nothing else in the world like it.”

Learn why our mentors highly recommend joining students in the Power of One program to foster friendship, nurture animals and create lifelong memories.

Cristi Benevides, Mentor

Cristi is an accomplished artist and the single mother of a beautiful little girl. She brought love, light, positivity, hard work, endless energy and her gorgeous artistic talent to the Program, the students and those who came to know her. One of the finest moments of Power of One 2009 was a mural that we painted for one of the Thai schools.

This school and it’s students have so little and not only were we able to bring school supplies and toys to them, but thanks to Cristi and her amazing talent we painted (under her supervision and vision) an enormous mural the length of an entire outside wall. Cristi is a Power of One!

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Cristi Benevides

Cristi Benevides

Denver, Colorado, USA

Power of One Thailand, 2009

Caryn August, Mother of Jordan, Student Ambassador

Caryn is a friend and colleague of Christian, the PR Director, and as such is a great supporter of Christian’s non-profit endeavors as Christian is of hers. Thus she happily agreed to attend a Meet & Greet for the Power of One and invited her teenage son to join her. Jordan decided that very night he would go to Thailand!

Caryn is an admirable entrepreneur, business woman and an inspiring single mom; committed to providing her kids with love, education and opportunities no matter the sacrifices she must make.

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Caryn August

Caryn August

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA