The room is alive with energy as students find their seats in the auditorium. Some race to grab the last spot next to that “one friend” they have to sit next to. Others are content to sit wherever there is room. The story that lives within each and every student is different from the next. Sure, some of the details are the same. What makes each story unique is the soul of the student in the middle of it.
Cory Greenwood is no stranger to students. He understands the array of challenges that this generation wakes up to every morning. Mental health, academic stresses, and family problems are just a few of the issues that our country’s greatest resource is navigating right now.
When Cory is given a microphone he steps onto the stage with passion and purpose. As a loving father to an amazing daughter, he lives to love every student the way they deserve to be loved. His program begins with hilarious stories and moments of unbridled laughter. He knows that if you want to help students listen, it is important to help them laugh.
By the time Cory shares his powerful story of losing his own father far sooner than he ever imagined, the room is locked in. As he unpacks the details of his journey, students connect with him as they reflect on their journey. His message is one of undeniable hope. He passionately proclaims to every soul in the room, “Your story matters!”
At the end of his program each and every student has heard this powerful truth. Some students cry, while others reach for a hug from one of their friends. The life present in the room is markedly different now. Students now know that they can make it. They’ve been reminded that their life has significant value.