At events in different states & countries, Greg has been invited to speak on topics like community service & philanthropy. Many of the events have involved audiences of different ages & faiths. He has spoken with elementary, middle & high school students at schools & organizations around North America (i.e. St. Patrick's School, Temple Sinai & Costa Catholic Academy). He has spoken with college students as part of school lecture series (i.e. Loyola University of Chicago) & general on-campus events (St. Kate's & York College). He has been invited to speak with educators at professional development in-service events (i.e. Cornerstone Christian Academy), and he has been invited to serve as keynote speaker at events for community, faith, education & business leaders (i.e. Mayors' Youth First Prayer Breakfast in Minnesota). He has spoken at events geared toward senior citizens of different faiths as well. He has done readings of The Milkshake Man -- his upcoming picture book for children between Kindergarten & 4th grade for various schools, camps & chapters of organizations (i.e. Kerr County YMCA; Evanston Salvation Army summer camp)
The books (The Silhouette Man & The First Thirty) based on Greg's story &/or the companion workbook (A Place To Sit) have been used in different ways by many schools & organizations. For instance, Saint James School got copies of The First Thirty for its entire middle school. For three years in a row, St. Patrick School got copies of The First Thirty for its entire 8th grade & then brought Greg to speak with them. St. Paul School got copies of The First Thirty as an end-of-year gift for all of its staff. St. John's University selected the book for a program for new students (& then had Greg come speak with those students). Chapters of nonprofits (i.e. YWCA & Habitat for Humanity) have ordered the books, companion workbooks &/or related posters for people in their communities. The books & posters also have been used in contests involving students. For instance, Scotiabank sponsored a service-related essay contest based on the book for students at Bishop Gallagher School (& also got copies of the book & related posters for the school). In Africa, the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation gave copies of the Legacy Poster to students who won its art & writing contest. Greg has done Readings of the upcoming kids' picture book edition of The First Thirty for kids in different communities (i.e. campers at one of The Salvation Army's summer camps). On a personal level, Greg has spent time volunteering in settings involving people of different faiths - including a fun experience filling in as Santa Claus at a church on Christmas Day.
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