Teacher & Student Activities Coordinator
Bayside High School
Jonathan came to our school during Respect for All Week 2019, specifically on Respect for Self day. He had students interact with an activity first and proceeded to speak about his life story. As soon as he spoke, students visibly straightened up, cell phones away, listening to his words and watching the power point. This is a true speaker, someone that can capture an audience and relate to them. After each session, Jonathan was approached by students and teachers, eager to speak to him further and thanked repeatedly for his openness and generosity of sharing his stories and experiences. When I first reached out to Jonathan, I knew he was the best choice. His passion, friendly demeanor, and excitement to speak to my students was encompassing. I hope to work with him again!
bronx international high school
Jonathan is an amazing and inspiring individual. Back in June 2016, Jonathan was invited as a keynote speaker for the New York College Advising Corps decision day event at NYU. As he shared his story I stared in awe, holding back tears from not only how powerful his story was, but how he was able to so eloquently share his experiences. The following year I invited him to speak with the students at Bronx International High School and once again he did not disappoint! Students instantly gravitated towards him and really listened to what he had to share. Jonathan is truly passionate about the work that he does and I believe that this is reflective on the impact he is making. I am honored to have him as a colleague and know he will continue to inspire the youth and us all!
"I can honestly say he has become one of my mentors."
One of the things I've learned from Jonathan is that anything is possible if you have the heart and drive for it. I admire all the work he does in his community and truly appreciate having the opportunity to be part of his company to help change the lives of youth through education. I can honestly say that he has become one of my mentors. Thanks for everything you've done so far, Jonathan; I am excited to see what you'll do next to continue inspiring others.
"He's the reason why I'm enduring college and studying my major."
Watch. Listen. Learn. Be inspired. Then share this [My Bronx Story] video because you never know who can use this inspiration in their lives right now. Subscribe to him on YouTube for more videos. This man has been through a lot and has done so much for me. He's the reason why I'm enduring college and studying my major. He's my mentor, advisor, and my bro. Please take the time out of your day to watch the video. Thank you.
"...We can still make a difference and be the difference."
Your story brought tears to my eyes, but also taught me a lesson. It doesn't matter where we come from or what has happened or what we saw, we can still make a difference and be the difference. You've not only taught me but you also helped me, inspired me, and motivated me to continue on! You are one of my mentors! I admire all the work you do. You are an inspiration to me and to others!
"I literally just cried..."
Wow, Jonathan! I had no idea of your struggles. I literally just cried as I watched this video [My Bronx Story]. You carry your struggles, grief, and illness so well I never suspected anything. The Jonathan I remember was always so helpful and cheerful. God bless you for having the perseverance to make it through. You're inspiring.
"Growing up he was different and being different is what made him who he is today."
I received this video [My Bronx Story] from this inspiring young man I've known for years and I couldn't hold back my tears; tears of joy and happiness, that is. I'm so proud of how successful he is today. Growing up he was different and being different is what made him who he is today. That being said, thank you Jonathan for giving back to our community and helping build our next generation. You are a true inspiration and I honor you for being who you are. I'm so proud of you and thank you for sharing this video. Everyone, please watch and share. I promise it will be a true inspiration. God bless you.
"KEEP FULFILLING YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE..."
As I watch this story [My Bronx Story], your story, as I get goosebumps, and tears roll down my eyes, I am so inspired by you, Jonathan! We're from the same neighborhood; beautiful Kingsbridge. You always show love and take time to catch up when we cross paths outside. Keep fulfilling your life's purpose as you are impacting the lives of so many. Really proud of you. You have overcome and will continue to prevail! Thank you for publicly sharing your Bronx Story! Blessings to you and your family.