Testimonials

Civics in Action! Washington, D.C.

March 17, 2018

"I just wanted to say thank you – going on this trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I honestly can't stop gushing about it to all my friends and teachers. In addition to making change in the world and inspiring the next generation of leaders and advocates, this experience has certainly increased by pride in being a Carlthorp alum – everyone I know wants to do this too! :)"

-Saba, 2018 Fellow

Civics in Action! Washington, D.C.

March 17, 2018

"Toya and I thank you so much for allowing Aaron to experience such an enriching and engaging trip to Washington, DC earlier this week.  He is beaming with joy after the interviews, discussions and advocacy over the last 5 days.  KidUnity has really inspired him to advocate for the things that he is passionate about and just know you are making a real difference in the lives of so many students at Carlthorp.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

- Glyn & Toya, Parents

Civics in Action! (Iowa Caucuses and Washington, D.C.)

October 11, 2017

"My experience as a high school mentor on the Iowa and Washington DC Kidunity trips provided me with hands on leadership and mentoring skills that helped me thrive in high school and college.  Working with Carlthorp students allowed me to reconnect with Carlthorp School and give back to the school gave me the perfect elementary school experience.  Both trips were so rewarding and the students were all so grateful for Kidunity and its mentors that I would do both trips again!"

 

(Sam Serber - Teaching Assistant and KidUnity Board of Directors)

Civics in Action! Washington D.C.

March 13, 2017

"Traveling to Washington D.C was life-changing, because we experienced the trip as children, students, and most importantly, advocates for our causes and projects. While meeting some of America’s most influential organizations, companies and people, my service learning group learned the true meaning of service. Service is not just the actions and contributions made by people, but also the thoughts and dreams that inspire those actions."

(Claire C., Student)

Civics in Action! Washington D.C.

March 13, 2017

"Thank you all for organizing, inspiring and leading our kids on this unbelievable experience.  We have loved hearing about all that you did and saw and the people you met.  I am so grateful that Kayla got this kind of exposure at such a young age.  I am certain it will have an impact on shaping her views on issues and increasing her future global awareness."

(Lara and Darin B, parents)

Civics in Action! Washington D.C.

March 13, 2017

"What an amazing experience you have provided these kids. I am so grateful that they are gaining firsthand knowledge about how to make an impact in the world. I truly believe that the lessons they are learning will serve them, and their communities, for the rest of their lives.  A huge thank you!"

(Yas and Bob B, parents)

Civics in Action! Washington, D.C.

"I needed to send a quick email to say 'thank you'!  My husband Seth and I are blown away by your Twitter posts.  You are giving Adison and her classmates a transforming experience that they will never forget.... We never had the opportunity to experience anything like what you have organized for these kids (not even close)....  From the bottom of my heart, thank you!"

(Kelsey G, parent)

Civics in Action! The Iowa Presidential Caucuses

"I was one of the privileged sixth-graders to learn about the presidential process and engage in the Iowa Caucuses. Prior to the trip ... We also had the opportunity to speak to a former White House reporter and former presidential candidate, Michael Dukakis, giving us insight on what it is like to participate in the race. 

From there, we had a once in a lifetime, hands on experience at the caucuses. We were constantly on the move, going from rally to rally and reporting from a child’s perspective on our very own blog site. Because of Iowa, I had a chance to become part of history. And even interviewed the possible future president of our nation. We spoke to Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Ben Carson, and even Sarah Palin. On this priceless trip I got a backstage look at the presidential race that I never knew existed. Iowa opened the doors for me as a reporter, changing my life forever. It is an experience I will never forget and will cherish for the rest of my life. "

(Gia C, Student)

"I had to smile. I was so thrilled to hear it. A van full of 6th grade boys talking tax policy. Yes, you heard that right. Tax policy. I mean, what do 6th graders know about this topic? As it turns out, a lot. Well, a lot more than most people. I was surprised, but then again I wasn’t. They weren’t exactly ordinary kids. They were all members of KidUnity, an after school leadership development program in Los Angeles that focuses on civic literacy, critical engagement, and community action." 

Professor Danielle McGuire

Civics in Action! The Iowa Presidential Caucuses

"What a great experience to have at such a young age... This opportunity will surely contribute to their confidence and growth moving forward... A moment in life that will resonate through their lifetime..."

 

"Thank you again for all the hard work..."

Art and Xochilt (Parents)

Civics In Action! The Iowa Presidential Caucuses

"This has been such an incredible experience for the kids and for me too.  I have learned so much about [my daughter] and she has learned a lot about herself. It was so exciting to hear the recap from her, what she agreed with on with the candidates and what she didn't.  

The Twitter feed and blog was amazing.  Technology really is changing the way we experience things and it definitely enables us to feel connected to what's happening.  Thank you for letting me feel like I was there!

Peter and David, thank you for taking this on and making it happen.  I think[my daughter] will live more consciously and with purpose after this experience. It was such an amazing opportunity for all these kids. And to the other adults and teachers, thanks for keeping our kids safe and also for supporting and encouraging them through this thrilling journey!!"

Evelyn H (Parent)

Civics in Action! The Iowa Presidential Caucuses

"Thanks Peter, it was truly moving and wonderful.  We all should be so proud of these kids, they were fantastic and the Secretary was so moved.  Gives us all great hope for the future!"

 

"Thanks for all you do as well..."

Chris S (Parent)

Civics in Action! The Iowa Presidential Caucuses

"You guys really put on a fantastic adventure for the kids that they will always remember.  The seem like they've really grown in just these last few days."

Patrick D (Parent)

Community Explorer Beverly Hills

“Chris came home from another KidUnity session and I’m blown away at the experiences these kids are having.  You have really left a mark on these kids.”

Michelle R (Parent)

Community Explorer Beverrly Hills

“He has loved KidUnity…thank you so much for putting this together.  What a life experience for the kids!”

Chris L (Parent) 

Community Explorer Santa Monica - Water, Conservation and Environmental Policy (4th Grade)

"Thank you for leading them on a great journey over the quarter, and teaching them not just about an important topic but how to ask questions, learn about new ideas, understand key debates, and articulate their thoughts about them." 

 

"I know [my son] loved every minute!"

Dave and Elizabeth T (Parents)

Community Explorer Beverly Hills

“Wow! This is such a cool and meaningful experience for Zack! We're very grateful to you for arranging and organizing and for including Zack!”

Kayla L (Parent)

Community Explorer Beverly Hills

“This has been Charlie’s favorite and most meaningful after school activity.  Her friends all want to know how they can also participate.  It is a gift you are giving them to learn their own self empowerment.”

Suzy Z (Parent)

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