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2017 – Bangladesh “Grandma Sparky” invited to honor Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Muhammad Yunus, social entrepreneur, banker, economist, and civil society leader who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance.

 
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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus is absolutely the most genuine, heartfelt and unstoppable pioneer/leader on the planet. When I honored him and gave him a BING!...a silly yet very powerful sound that makes dreams come true…he burst out laughing. Blue Ribbon Global Campaign invites you to “Bring the BING!”… to find out how you can help us FULFILL the DREAM…BRING the BING!...Honoring One Billion People…Making One Billion Dreams Coming True by 2020. …click on www.BlueRibbonsWorldwide.org

 
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18. Helice “Sparky” Bridges aka “Grandma Sparky” receives Proclamation declaring Difference Makers Blue Ribbon Day for San Diego.

 
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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer hugs “Grandma Sparky” after receiving Proclamation.

 
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SD Mayor Kevin Faulconer joins “Grandma Sparky’s” team following receipt of Proclamation!

 
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Receiving San Diego Proclamation…Honoring Blue Ribbon Supporters sharing excitement with Grandma Sparky Left to right – Entrepreneur John Blake, Blue Ribbon Ambassador, East Lake High Student -November Kiahtipes, Founder Leap to Success -Dana Bristol Smith, Owner Four Points Sheraton Hotel – Lucy Burni, Businessman & Real Estate Guru - Jason Stewart, Blue Ribbon Youth Success Week Volunteer Project Manager – Jill Banker

 
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National Movement for Youth Success. Grandma Sparky, has been a volunteer for past 7 years on the Steering Committee for Community Alliance for Youth Success (CAYS). Together this awesome team of community and youth leaders produce Youth Success Week (YSW).YSW is focused on engaging communities and inspiring youth to discover their purpose and explore their success. Youth Success Week is founded by Stedman Graham – American Author, Speaker and Businessman and Bobbi DePorter, co-founder and president Quantum Learning Network and president of Learning Forum International.

 
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A super candid fun shot - Grandma Sparky with Stedman Graham – (Bobbi DePorter in background) at Quantum Learning Network’s building. Picture taken after one of our monthly CAYS meetings to create a duplicable model for Youth Success Week throughout our nation and world.

 
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Grandma Sparky with US Army Garrison Commander –Colonel Jonathan Braga - Ft. Irwin Training Center. Grandma Sparky keynoting the US Army 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and Women’s Equality Day.

 

“Helice ‘Sparky’ Bridges powerful keynote and acknowledgment process at our US Army Women’s Equality Day made us laugh out loud and equally brought tears to our eyes. In less than a minute, her Blue Ribbon Ceremony deeply helped heal our relationship to ourselves, our fellow soldiers and family. We are honored to have her as a keynote speaker at the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War so that all our soldiers have the profound opportunity to honor our Vietnam Vets.” - Colonel Jonathan Braga

 
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US Army Women’s Equality Day – Men and Women soldiers honor each other with “Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbons.

 
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Soldiers honor each other with “Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbons. Many soldiers were brought to tears. They told Grandma Sparky that they will now go home and honor their wives and children.

 
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Grandma Sparky with Jack Canfield, best-selling author and coach. Founder “Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises & The Canfield Training Group, and author of best-selling “The Success Principles”. Because of Jack, our “Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbon Story was published in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series which made it possible for our Blue Ribbon Message to impact over 50 million people worldwide saving lives, reducing bullying, ending violence, enhancing self-esteem and making dreams come true.

 
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Youth Success Week “Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbon Assembly. Elementary, middle and high school students stepped on stage, shared how they had been bullied.

 
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Eric, high school student shares his story and honors Grandma Sparky at Youth Success Week assembly. “In school I was bullied a lot. So, I began to bully young kids. But today, seeing the tears in the eyes of all the kids on stage sharing how they’ve been bullied I realized that ain’t me, that’s not the person I’m supposed to be.”

 
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Youth Success Week. Using the 7-Step “Who I Am Makes A Difference” Blue Ribbon Acknowledgment System, Grandma Sparky combines 750 elementary, middle and high school students, showing them how they can collaborate to end bullying, eradicate violence, avert adolescent suicide, enhance self-esteem and make dreams come true in a minute or less.

 
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High school girls and boys acknowledge the worth and importance of each other, share their dreams and give them a BING!...the sound of Making Dreams Come True. The “Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Acknowledgment System is the tool that unites humanity through the power of love.

 
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Girls share their dreams and cheer each other on. Each honoring the other with a “Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbon

Grandma Sparky invites elementary students to step on the stage to share to 1) Talk about when they were bullied and how it has hurt them 2) Share their dreams and 3) Receive support and love from their peers.

 
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4 year-old Lyla says, “I put my ribbon under my pillow at night because it helps me make my dreams come true.”

 
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Staff at El Camino High School goes around the table honoring each other with “Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbon.

 
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“Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbon honoring between staff members at El Camino High School . The Acknowledgment is fun, moving and inspiring for all. Everyone at table is listening on.

 
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“Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbon Acknowledgment continues around staff table.

 
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Laughter and tears of joy! Staff members honoring and reminding each other how much they make a difference.

 
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The “Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbon Acknowledgment brings people together. Hugs are natural. Everyone is reminded of the difference they make.

 
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Staff member honors Principal Doug Kriedeman for being a connector, innovator committed to every student, teacher and staff member knowing how valuable they are. El Camino High School, Oceanside, CA

 
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Principal Doug Kriedeman, El Camino High School, Oceanside, CA honors Grandma Sparky.

 
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High School Principal Doug Kriedeman places “Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbon over Grandma Sparky’s heart.

 
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Principal Doug Kriedeman gives Grandma Sparky a loving hug!

 
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Principal Doug Kriedeman gives Grandma Sparky a BING! The BING! is a silly sound that makes people laugh out loud and make dreams come true! You can BRING the BING! a global movement that points at what’s working in our world, acknowledges the dreams of others and helps to make those dreams come true. www.BlueRibbonsWorldwide and jump on board.

FIRE CHIEF - GROUND ZERO

 

Fire Chief John Cunningham

“What I experienced next forever changed me. As we walked away from Ground Zero, New York was silent. If you have ever visited the City, you will know that it is anything far from quiet. This event, at least for a little bit, changed that. Walking away from Ground Zero was surreal. We soon realized that we are returning to civilian life again-however changed it now was. 

As we rounded the corner and exited the restricted zone, thousands of people lined the street. It was incredibly quiet. As we tiredly and slowly walked forward the crowd became alive. People were clapping, yelling and waving flags and signs. The two of us continued our walk without a word spoken, realizing that the thousands of people gathered were here to show their support and unity to everyone that was working at the site- us included.

As we continued forward, a young girl broke from the crowd and ran forward. She hugged both of us and handed both of us each a Blue Ribbon. On the ribbon was inscribed, ‘Who I Am Makes A Difference’. These are words we live by to this day.”

 

AUTHORS

 

Jack Canfield, 2015 SUCCESS magazine named him “One of the Most Influential Leaders in Personal Growth and Achievement.” He is the beloved originator of the New York Times best-selling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series.

 

“Helice ‘Sparky’ Bridges, Founder of Blue Ribbons Worldwide, follows in the shoes of great leaders like Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Her powerful ‘Who I Am Makes A Difference’ Blue Ribbon System gives children and adults of all ages the long overdue right to be appreciated, respected, loved and nurtured by the society in which they live.”

 

Spencer Johnson, M.D. – New York Times Best-Selling Author - “Who Moved My Cheese”, co-author “The One Minute Manager”

 

“Blue Ribbons Worldwide has created a necessary tool to bring about great change in today’s society.”

 

PRINCIPALS

 

Steve Ahle, Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year for the State of California

“The Blue Ribbon Community Building Program should be used by all educators in their efforts to ready students for a life in society. It gives kids pride, purpose and the ability to overrun negativism and transform the world.”

 

Shelly Peterson, Principal Crestview Elementary

"This program is giving kids a way to create a community built on appreciation, peace, creativity, respect and love. This program saves kids’ lives. It’s helping to make our dreams come true. It helps parents realize they are important. It reminds teachers that they make a difference. Kids teaching kids worked brilliantly. Our 5 -6 graders taught this program to the younger students. Because of this success, hundreds of parents showed up for the family evening.”

 

Janet M. Whiddon, Principal Washington Middle School Vista Unified School District

"Our students and staff worked seamlessly to effectively implement the ‘Blue Ribbon Community Building’ program. The Blue Ribbon exercise gave our students a powerful education and hands-on opportunities to tell others how much they were appreciated, respected and loved. Over nine hundred students wrote essays reflecting on their experiences. After reading these essays, I knew this endeavor made a profound difference for our students and community. We have adopted this program for our entire school year and on to the next.”

 

STUDENTS

Josh – 8th grade student

“I was the biggest bully in my school, homeless, a straight F student and dumpster diving to find food for me and my drug addicted mom who lived in a tent under a freeway. After the Blue Ribbon Week at my school, I was able to apologize to everyone I hurt and stop bullying. My principal was so impressed she nominated me for the “San Diego Unified School District Above and Beyond” Award. I was one of five kids in the entire school district who received that award. I want every kid to know that they deserve to feel appreciated and loved.”

 

Sandra–5th grader

“H