“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
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
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
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!
Granite Ridge Activities Director
This was hands down the most amazing event I have ever been a part of since coming into this community. I would suggest that every Drug Council and School take a look at Tony Hoffman's presentations and somehow raise the funds through sponsorship, fundraising or grants to get him in to your area. It was by far, the most powerful thing we have done in this town in the years I have been here.
Tony's presentation left us speechless, he was inspirational, motivational, encouraging and parents left with eyes wide open. Community leaders shook their heads and said we need to connect and talk with Tony, He has some great ideas and we need to tap into them. Thank you Tony! -Melanie Wilde-Lane, Program Director, School Based Health- Branford Public Schools
On behalf of Common Ground Speaks I thank you for two compelling and inspirational presentations. The student presentation to the Pingry School's middle school and upper school students, as well as their faculty, was impactful, thought provoking, and engaging. As the students filed out of the auditorium I heard repeatedly, "wow, that was an assembly I will remember", and "really, just one choice." The evening presentation to parents, educators, and students was likewise terrific and truly resonated with all of us. Through your personal story you brought forth how important it is for parents to be aware of what our children are doing vs. what we might like to think they are doing, and how we must prepare them by laying the foundation for making good choices as they mature. -Sabrina Lipkind, Co-Chair Common Ground Speaks