Presentation Feedback

What students, schools, communities, and businesses are saying about the presentation

Since we began giving presentations in 2012 more than 475,000 teens and adults have seen EndDD.org presentations. In addition to our formal evaluation process to evaluate the effectiveness of the presentations we also receive feedback from those in attendance. Below is some of the feedback we have received.

Students Comments:

An 18 year old in Atlanta after seeing Mike Wilensky’s presentation

I was expecting the speaker to make us teenagers feels guilty, like were the only ones who drive distracted. It was nice for him to say out loud that parents and adults did it just as much or more. I think it made all of us in the room feel ... Read More

An 18 year old

in Atlanta after seeing Mike Wilensky’s presentation

A.L., student Oak Grove Lutheran, Fargo, ND.

I would really like to thank the guest speaker, Joel Feldman, because when he called me down today and had me tell my whole school I was a distracted driver myself it really made me open up my eyes and see what I was doing. All the stories I heard ... Read More

A.L., student

Oak Grove Lutheran, Fargo, ND.

T.T. student, Vermont

They made me realize that my little sister is getting her license in less than ten days and I need to be a good role model to her because it hit me if anything ever happened to her I would be hurt beyond belief, and probably blame myself for being ... Read More

T.T. student,

Vermont

Gabby

In a few days, I’m getting my license and I’m not going to be a distracted driver. My mom will text and drive a lot and it freaks me out. If something is that important, have the passenger text for you. Read More

Gabby

Sarah

The presentation was sad to me, about how many people die because of a phone or looks or food. All it really takes is to care enough to just pay attention for the sake of others. I didn’t realize that there were so many consequences for distracted driving until this ... Read More

Sarah

Morgan

The presentation made me realize that all those little things while driving make a big difference. When you are driving distracted you not only put your life at risk but everyone around you. I want to do something to stop these deaths and it has to start with myself. I’m ... Read More

Morgan

Hanna

Getting into a car or bus with anyone who is not a concentrated driver is putting yourself at risk no matter how experienced the driver may be. And you should let the person know that you don’t feel safe and offer to text for them or ask them to put ... Read More

Hanna

Charlotte, student, Vermont.

After this presentation it has totally changed my perspective of how my parents drive. I never realized how unsafe these little things can be! Now every time I go for I drive, I always make sure my mom or dad isn’t doing anything that can make him {or her} distracted. Read More

Charlotte

student, Vermont

Alyssa

It surprised me how much slower and distracted you can be from talking on the phone. Also those videos were very sad and made me never want to be a distracted driver. I promise I will try my hardest to not be a distracted driver so others and I may ... Read More

Alyssa

Amanda, Manasquan NJ

I thought it was a really powerful assembly. She wasn’t there to yell at us, but rather spoke from experience about how terrible distracted driving can be. Read More

Amanda

Manasquan NJ

H. Griel, our Lady of Elms School, Akron, OH, referring to the presentation given by Ellen Hirschman, Esq

The comment that we keep hearing about your talk compared to other talks is that you immediately put yourself on their level. You also mentioned that you were a distracted driver at one time and you made them realize that its a problem with adults too. They said we felt ... Read More

H. Griel, our Lady of Elms School

Akron, OH, referring to the presentation given by Ellen Hirschman, Esq

Alfaro

Yesterday after school my mom was texting while she was driving and I told her to put her phone away whenever the kids are in the car. And now this morning she left her phone at home when she was driving us to school. Thanks for saving lives! Read More

Alfaro

Student

I learned more about how a chunk of steel might behave on the road if you crashed it and how to hopefully prevent that. I think that it’s smart that they do this presentation to kids, even though I’m not driving I’m preparing too and it’s never too early to ... Read More

Student

Lakewood High School

Student

What resonated with me most from the Distracted Driving presentation was Jessie Cohen’s perspective. Mr. Cohen had run over a police officer, putting him in a coma and stripping him away from his wife, son, and newborn daughter. That officer will never get to play catch with his son or ... Read More

Student

Lakewood High School

Student

Following this presentation, I will consider the dangers of distracted driving whenever I get the urge to check my phone/change the radio as I get my license soon and will make sure to let my friends and family know if I’m ever in the car with them and see them ... Read More

Student

Lakewood High School

Student

Before hearing the presentation, I never realized what kind of impression I was making on my brother when I would drive distracted. It didn’t occur to me that because he sees that it’s okay when I drive like that, he might do so himself when he starts to drive next ... Read More

Student

Lakewood High School

Student, Cherry Creek High School

Being a leading generation that can identify the bad behavior and teach our children that it is wrong. It starts with us. Read More

Student

Cherry Creek High School

Student, Cherry Creek High School

To change distracted driving across all age groups in the U.S .. We need to see distracted driving as something that is dangerous, selfish, irresponsible, and is something that doesn’t belong in today’s society. Once we do this, the overall view of distracted driving will change in the U.S. making ... Read More

Student

Cherry Creek High School

Student, Cherry Creek High School

To tell everyone that it is culturally unacceptable for people to do that and make it standard norm. Read More

Student

Cherry Creek High School

Comments From Schools

Jessie Metzger, M.Ed., Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale

Many, many students commented on how excellent and thought-provoking the assembly was. We’ve all been talking about it, and a group of us have been keeping each other honest, so to speak, with our distracted driving habits. I know that I have made a complete change in my routine to ... Read More

Jessie Metzger

M.Ed., Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale

Dawn Deweese, Guidance Program Director

Assumption High School hosted Mr. Joel Feldman on January 8, 2016. Nearly two weeks following our assembly, students and faculty continue to recount the information from his presentation. Rarely have we had such an impactful school-wide presentation. Not only did it change the lives and habits of those in attendance, ... Read More

Dawn Deweese

Guidance Program Director

Heidi L. Haueisen, New Trier High School

The students were engaged and involved throughout the entire presentation. The speaker… empowered them to make their own decisions about how they will drive when they get their license. The speakers admitted that they had also driven distracted, discussed how their parents drive distracted and made it very clear that ... Read More

Heidi L. Haueisen

New Trier High School

Karen Roxbury, Math teacher, Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills, OH

Thank you [to Ellen Hirschman, Esq] so much for taking the time to come to Gilmour to share the distracted driving program. I have heard from many parents and students that they have begun thinking about driving in a new way as a result of being part of the program ... Read More

Karen Roxbury

Math teacher, Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills, OH

Christopher Romero, Central Catholic High School, Lawrence, MA

I’m continuing to hear excellent feedback from both faculty and students. Many students are telling me that they really enjoyed the interaction, and that you’re an alum. A lot of teachers are telling me that the message was right on point. I actually received two emails from teachers over the ... Read More

Christopher Romero

Central Catholic High School, Lawrence, MA

Anthony Panico, Principal, Paramus High School, Paramus, NJ

Your presentation was thoughtful and thorough and brought to the forefront many factors most people do not consider. I was impressed at the breadth of your program and at the level of concentration of our students. You hit home! Read More

Anthony Panico

Principal, Paramus High School, Paramus, NJ

Ava Annese, Emerson, NJ

Thank you so much for the outstanding presentation you gave to the Emerson students and teachers. They did not stop talking about it! Read More

Ava Annese

Emerson, NJ

Jody Forney-Cole, Capitol Area Intermediate Unit, Enola, PA.

I wanted to share with you that many of our students reported that your presentation had a profound impact on their view of their current driving behaviors. Read More

Jody Forney-Cole

Capitol Area Intermediate Unit, Enola, PA.

Jeffrey S. Fecher, Ed.D. Principal, Abington Senior High School

Thank you for your time and dedication to Abington Senior High School. Your presentation was excellent and well received by our students. We look forward to working with you in the future. Read More

Jeffrey S. Fecher

Ed.D. Principal, Abington Senior High School

Angela Weigner, BVSD Lifelong Learning Manager, Boulder, CO

Thanks for taking the time to write this email. We are honored to provide this class for you to share Casey’s story and to our community. Know that I have personally been affected and made decisions about the way I drive due to the presentation. Read More

Angela Weigner

BVSD Lifelong Learning Manager, Boulder, CO

Mark Fifer, The Haverford School, Haverford, PA

I found the role play exercise Joel facilitated during his presentation to be an especially effective ways to reach young people because they help young people to consider practical responses when they are in a situation in which they feel unsafe. Young people often are reluctant to speak up because ... Read More

Mark Fifer

The Haverford School, Haverford, PA

Saint Francis High School Counseling Department, Alpharetta, GA

Mr. Norman Miller’s presentation had a tremendous impact on our students today. We hope you have a chance to talk with your child about today’s assembly and the implications of distracted driving. Read More

Saint Francis High School Counseling Department

Alpharetta, GA

Debbie Mischo, Strath Haven High School

Feedback from both students and faculty is extremely positive. Several faculty members said the way you delivered the message was great. They felt engaging the students was good and let them express, esp. regarding parents, where they are concerned. They have had close calls and said they would be more ... Read More

Debbie Mischo

Strath Haven High School

Street Safe Driving Academy

Our students [were] engaged, interested and Impacted… Although Joel’s program is primarily on distracted driving, there is a larger message that is communicated-that driving requires full attention… It’s an important message that can’t be reiterated enough to new teen drivers. Read More

Street Safe Driving Academy

Mary Jo Iarussi Donnelly, Family Career and Community Leaders of America

We wanted to thank Brooke Burdge for her very provocative presentation. She was wonderful in getting a very sensitive message out to so many students and adults. Many students and staff approached me to inform me they have committed to changing their way of driving and want to help spread ... Read More

Mary Jo Iarussi Donnelly

Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Monmouth Regional High School, Monmouth, NJ.

Joel Dankoff, Student Council Advisor Friends’ Central School,Wynnewood, PA

I spoke to several students about the role-play scenario you did on stage, and they all agreed that they frequently find it difficult to confront their own parents and grandparents about texting while driving. So many of our students were able to identify with the difficulty the girl on stage ... Read More

Joel Dankoff

Student Council Advisor Friends’ Central School,Wynnewood, PA

Chris Kaiser, Dean of Students, Notre Dame Prep, Towson, MD

It was a fabulous presentation, well organized and certainly a most important topic that needs to be addressed in this fast moving technological world of ours. The girls thoroughly enjoyed hearing from all of the presenters and told me how much “it made them think”. One of the teachers told ... Read More

Chris Kaiser

Dean of Students, Notre Dame Prep, Towson, MD

Ben Huddleston, Ass’s Principal. Greenwood High School.l Greenwood, TX

We were fortunate to have Parsley Energy sponsor Mr. Feldman by having him come to speak to our high school. We so appreciate having a great community partner like Parsley Energy who cares about keeping our students safe. Read More | Reference Letter

Ben Huddleston

Ass’s Principal. Greenwood High School.l Greenwood, TX

Kevin Krysliak, Phys Ed/Health, Brother Rice HS. Bloomfield Hills, MI.

My students were truly blessed to have had the opportunity to have such a great presentation just as they are learning to drive. It is very evident that Lear is committed to keeping the surrounding community safe for everyone Read More | Reference Letter

Kevin Krysliak

Phys Ed/Health, Brother Rice HS. Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Michael Carroll, Health Teacher/PLC Leader, Cherry Creek High School

The topic is highly relevant based on the number of Distracted Drivers operating vehicles on our roadways. Joel and Meghan present this topic in a way that allows students to understand the issue and also incorporates feelings and emotions that provoke cultural change. Read More | Reference Letter

Michael Carroll

Health Teacher/PLC Leader, Cherry Creek High School

Community Feedback:

Jason M. Liszewski, Jacobs Field Services North America, Manager | Human Resources

The presentation was absolutely top notch. The attendees have provided me a lot of positive feedback about the material and your presentation skills. If time would have allowed, we could have discussed Distracted Driving in even further length as the audience was very engaged in what you had to say. ... Read More

Jason M. Liszewski

Jacobs Field Services North America, Manager | Human Resourcesz

Judy Smith, CHIP, Charlottesville, VA

Bryan and Maggie, Thank you both so much for taking the time to speak to our CHiP staff. I could tell from the look on faces that they were doing serious thinking about their own habits. Thank you for helping us realize how important the issue is – we will ... Read More

Judy Smith

CHIP, Charlottesville, VA

Occupational Therapist, Shriner’s Hospital, Philadelphia

Prevention is ultimately the primary “cure” for the devastating injuries we see. Joel’s message has the potential to prevent many of the pediatric spinal cord injuries that happen in this country; his message needs to be delivered and acted upon. Read More

Occupational Therapist

Shriner’s Hospital, Philadelphia

Physician, Shriner’s Hospital, Philadelphia

Few talks and didactics move you to look within, this one moved me to look at my own behaviors. Read More

Physician

Shriner’s Hospital, Philadelphia

Don Wheeler, President, Albemarle County Rotary Club, Charlottesville, VA.

Please let Bryan Slaughter know how much we appreciated his presentation on Distracted Driving. It has improved the way each of us approach using our phones while driving. The day after the presentation, I was driving down Owensville Road. I thought of someone that I needed to call, started to ... Read More

Don Wheeler, President

Albemarle County Rotary Club, Charlottesville, VA.

Aaron Brown, Authentic 3d Summit, NJ

Seeing the pink EndDD.org bracelets on my daughter’s (now 6&7 years old) tiny wrists was a surprisingly powerful reminder that it only takes a moment to change your life, and perhaps take someone else’s. I would look into their eyes and very quickly think… there is simply nothing more important ... Read More

Aaron Brown

Authentic 3d Summit, NJ

Sunny Goodyear Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator Geisinger Holy Spirit Trauma Services

Joel opened the eyes of every employee who participated in the presentation and lives will be saved because of this. He is disarming, nonjudgmental, and nonconfrontational. I proudly wear my pink EndDD bracelet and applaud the work of Joel and his team of volunteers. Read More | Reference Letter

Sunny Goodyear

Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator Geisinger Holy Spirit Trauma Services

Robin Peters Executive Director, Firehouse Subs Pubic Safety Foundation

Joel’s presentations are interactive and a real “wake up call”. They truly change behaviors and have the potential to save lives. Whether driving, walking, or riding a bike, any one of us can relate to the facts and stories Joel shares throughout his presentations. No matter what audience age, he ... Read More | Reference Letter

Robin Peters

Executive Director, Firehouse Subs Pubic Safety Foundation

State-wide Traffic Safety Conference 2019 Attendee

Good speaker with great personal story to help his point hit home. Great information that exposed the need to strengthen laws and make it easier to enforce them. Read More

State-wide Traffic Safety Conference 2019 Attendee

State-wide Traffic Safety Conference 2019 Attendee

Excellent presentation to a profession that desperately needs to relook at our communication habits. Read More

State-wide Traffic Safety Conference 2019 Attendee

Thank you for reaching out today to these teens and their parents

Thank you for reaching out today to these teens and their parents. This “Zoom” presentation, in my honest opinion, was as impactful as the in-person presentation you and your team of instructors provide at schools. Seeing you on the screen, hearing your voice and the pain of losing Casey, in ... Read More

Brian Hopely

Police Lieutenant - Ocean City Police Department

Comments From Businesses

Robert Pagano-Project Manager, Matrix SME, Allentown, PA

I can honestly say that is the first time I’ve ever looked around the room and everyone was paying attention. Quite an accomplishment and something I’ve been unable to do. We all took away a much greater appreciation of driving distracted and we are all changing our ways. Read More | Reference Letter

Robert Pagano

Project Manager, Matrix SME, Allentown, PA

Dave Winoski, Project Engineer, Jacobs Construction Co.

Many experts in the field of personal development suggest that it takes 28 days to change a habit. In the case of Joel Feldman’s presentation on Distracted Driving— it took less than 28 minutes to change my driving habits. His discussion was not only moving and thought provoking, but his ... Read More

Dave Winoski

Project Engineer, Jacobs Construction Co.

Jack A. Carrol, PhD, MHA, President & CEO Magee Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

As I left the presentation I heard staff members taking with each other about the careless mistakes they have made, and the bad examples they had set for their kids. Many also talked about having a conversation with their kids and parents tonight when they got home. As I listened ... Read More

Jack A. Carrol

PhD, MHA, President & CEO Magee Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Mike Mosher, President and CEO Central Hudson Utility Co., Poughkeepsie, NY.

We invited Joel Feldman, who was highly recommended to us by another utility, to speak to our more than 400 management employees. His comments, lessons and personal stories touched each person in the audience in a profound way, as he delivered powerful examples of the dangers at stake when we ... Read More

Mike Mosher

President and CEO Central Hudson Utility Co., Poughkeepsie, NY.

Joshua Meyerowitz, President Supply House, Farmingdale, NY

Joel Feldman shared his daughter Casey’s story and spoke about the dangers of driving distracted to our team of 85 employees in our office. I would highly recommend Joel and his presentation to others. Joel is professional, polite, and has the ability to keep his audience engaged.Many of our employees ... Read More

Joshua Meyerowitz

President Supply House, Farmingdale, NY

Shannon Timmons, President Delaware Driver & Safety Education Association

We were privileged to have Joel speak to our driver education teachers that day. His impact will be felt throughout the state as they return to their classrooms and talk to their students about distracted driving. Read More | Reference Letter

Shannon Timmons

President Delaware Driver & Safety Education Association

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