Northeast Ohio Teens Called to Be Ambassadors of Compassion in National Leadership Program Provided by Insurance Partners Agency

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Northeast Ohio teens are participating in a national leadership program called Ambassadors of Compassion. The program is provided by Insurance Partners Agency, Inc.

Ambassadors of Compassion is a powerful, life-changing program providing our future leaders with the life skills they need to succeed and contribute.

More than 250 Northeast Ohio teens have started a journey to develop leadership and social emotional learning skills that will help form their futures and community interactions. The teens will become Ambassadors of Compassion through a program provided by Insurance Partners Agency, Inc.

Ambassadors of Compassion is an interactive program that equips teens with the personal leadership tools to navigate, cope, overcome and succeed through life's constant challenges.

Program coaches, teens, community leaders and volunteers gathered for the journey kickoff in January. The teens received a red carpet welcome, complete with flashing cameras and cheering adults. During the inspirational evening event, teens were challenged to take responsibility for their actions and lives and to help lift up their communities.

Ambassadors of Compassion is a 12-session, turnkey coach-led program that empowers teens to embody four principles of L.I.F.E.: Labor, Influence, Forgiveness and Experiences. Small groups of teens meet with coaches, who play a crucial role in helping students understand and integrate L.I.F.E. principles into their lives. During the program, teens work together on a service project to improve their communities. Past service projects include: making blankets for homeless teens, cleaning up and beautifying an overgrown school courtyard, and hosting an annual community birthday party for children who otherwise would not have that special experience – a tradition continued by Ambassadors of Compassion alumni.

“Participating in the Ambassadors of Compassion program has been rewarding, both for the students and for me,” said Jean Micklewright, Parma City School District and MyCom network of Neighborhood Leadership Institute. Mickelwright, a returning program coach, has participated in all three sessions to date of the Ambassadors of Compassion program. “Watching the teens transform into leaders who serve their communities is gratifying and I hope it inspires others around them,” said Mickelwright.

Roscoe Morgan from the Boys & Girls Clubs is another inaugural Ambassadors of Compassion coach. “I have taught school and run many programs. Ambassadors of Compassion is by far one of the most beneficial teen programs we have ever run,” said Morgan.

Teens enrolled in the winter-spring session of Ambassadors of Compassion will graduate in April 2015 and their achievements will be recognized at a special Ambassadors of Compassion Honor Event. The summer-fall session will kick off mid-June.

Insurance Partners Agency launched the nationally recognized Ambassadors of Compassion in Ohio the summer of 2013 with five organizations with 40 teens. Since then, the turnkey program has grown substantially and added a winter session. Local teens graduating from the program join more than 6,100 graduates nationwide. Insurance Partners Agency is the sole program provider in Ohio and is working to expand the program’s reach through partnerships with middle and high schools, school systems and established organizations serving teens.

“Ambassadors of Compassion is a powerful, life-changing program providing our future leaders with the life skills they need to succeed and contribute,” said George Dadas, President, Insurance Partners Agency. “We are seeing incredible results and believe that investing in young people through Ambassadors of Compassion is one of the best ways we can serve our community.”

Enrollment in the Ambassadors of Compassion program is ongoing. Only established organizations and schools serving teens, with qualified vetted adults to serve as program coaches, are eligible to implement the turnkey program. For more information, see videos of the vision and program in Ohio on Insurance Partners Agency’s You Tube channel (http://goo.gl/1A8siJ) and/or email community(at)inspartners(dot)com.

Supporting communities and helping others achieve their dreams and goals is a core value of Insurance Partners Agency and a belief that drives its business. The Ambassadors of Compassion program is one of the agency’s three main community service initiatives. In 2012, Cindi Lorenz was hired as the Director of Marketing and Community Relations to lead the agency’s work as a responsible community citizen. Lorenz’s work directly supports the Insurance Partners Agency Community Philosophy:

"Our communities and people are intertwined and depend on each other. Each of us has or will experience challenging times. We are blessed, grateful, and honored to be able to help others. And, we challenge every organization and person to do what they can.”
George Dadas, President of Insurance Partners Agency.

About Insurance Partners Agency, Inc.
Deeply committed to the communities that we all share, Insurance Partners Agency, Inc., (http://www.inspartners.com) is a leading, independent insurance agency that specializes in business and personal insurance, employee benefits, life insurance and professional liability. The agency has earned its reputation for excellence by leveraging more than five decades of risk management experience to deliver keen insight, service, and solutions to clients’ distinct needs, including competitive, niche, and specialty products/services. Organizations of all sizes and sectors benefit from Insurance Partners’ business insurance expertise combined with a distinct approach and access to a broad range of premier insurance carriers. Licensed in most of the U.S.A. with international reach through select affiliates, Insurance Partners Agency was established in 1961 in Ohio. The agency now operates offices across Ohio in Westlake (main), Elyria, Vermilion, Mentor, Chardon, Solon, Canton, and Columbus; along with an office in Orlando, Florida.

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