Sierra Sands Unified School District- Ridgecrest California

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Sierra Sands Unified School District- Ridgecrest California

Tony's "The Choice" was provided to our secondary students in light of our community and students being impacted by the national mental health and addiction crisis.  Tony's story in itself was powerful; but what had the greatest impact was his raw and poignant authenticity that cut through economic or social status.  His story truly reached the students.  After each presentation, Tony made himself available for individual conversations and genuine human kindness.  It is clear that this is his calling and that his story and wisdom will prevent so many others from making a choice that will adversely alter the course of their lives forever.  I have not seen anyone better do this kind of transformational work that is desperately needed in all communities.

-Michelle Savko - Sierra Sands Unified School District - Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction

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Avenal High School- Avenal California

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Avenal High School- Avenal California

To say that his is extraordinary would be an understatement
— Vice Principal- Avenal High School

Avenal to me is considered a local community since it's only an hour and 20 minutes away. But my biggest attachment to the city of Avenal is that I paroled from Avenal state prison on December 13th 2008. Avenal is largely a farm community but a lot of people also work at the prison. And the reason I came out to Avenal High School to speak is actually a very cool and heartwarming story.


Many years ago when I was in the beginning of my speaking career, about 2011, I gave a presentation in a city called Hanford. It was to a small youth conference being held there and one of the staff that attended heard me speak and she told herself that if she ever got an opportunity to bring me to her communities that she would make it happen. Well 7 years later, she made it happen and what a beautiful soul she.


My first speech was to be given to all of the high school students, who are largely a Hispanic community. As usual the students were extremely respectful and very attentive during my speech, we spent a lot of time afterwards taking pictures and talking which is always an indication of how relatable I was to the kids.


My second speech was to a group of community leaders where my main focus was talking about my non-profit organization the Freewheel project and why I believe we were unique and making many strides towards changing lives. I talked about my theories of empowerment versus educating in the dangers of harmful substances we want to keep youth away from. I believe that we should be empowering students through gifts and activities and teaching them life skills and those moments where the kids are enjoying themselves and threw them they would make the right choices and stay away from those harmful substances we want them to avoid. I believe this was well-received and I was grateful for an opportunity to be able to give them a speech in which I don't get to give often but wish I did.


Thank you so much to everyone involved and bringing me to Avenal to speak to the students and Community leaders there was an honor and my pleasure


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La Canada High School- Pasadena California

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La Canada High School- Pasadena California

“Tony’s talk made an indelible mark on our school. He is down to earth, engaging, funny, and real, and our students connected well to his message. Schools today, more than ever, need social and emotional support for all students. Tony reinforced our work in this area in ways that we could not have on our own.

Tony is one of the most sought after speakers in the country, and his message is one of hope, resilience, and the small things students can do to bring their gifts and talents to life.”

— Ian McFeat Principal La Cañada High School

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San Diego State University- San Diego

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San Diego State University- San Diego

Tony’s presentation to our new members highlighted the social dangers young students face in their college career. The combination of a passionately told story with relatable and emphatic language made for an extremely well received message. Our community has requested Tony’s services twice this year, and we look forward to more experiences in the future.

Alex Franks- SDSU student and greek community leader

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Alamo Heights High School- San Antonio, Texas

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Alamo Heights High School- San Antonio, Texas

Tony Hoffman is amazing!!! He is genuine, hones and inspiring in sharing his story of addiction and recovery. He is such a dynamic speaker that our students and community members hung on his every word. You could have heard a pin drop during his presentation.

Caterine Widder- LCSW Alamo Heights ISD Wellness Coordinator

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Clovis North High School-Granite Ridge Middle School

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Clovis North High School-Granite Ridge Middle School

We had the pleasure of having Tony on our campus to speak to our student body to kick off Red Ribbon Week and the experience was incredible for all! Tony’s use of his real life situation was able to touch so many. Kids felt as though they could easily relate to who he was and were able to see things through his eyes as he made them realize he was once in their shoes. Students could really tell that he “got them”. Tony even spent time with every kid that came up to talk to him after each presentation, listening carefully to what they had to say and giving each of them his undivided attention. His message was powerful and will most definitely stick with our student body as they continue through life. We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to listen to his presentation, it was one for the books!

Katie Aiello

Granite Ridge Activities Director

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