“Charis Denison has an amazing rapport with adolescents. Part of it must be the way she exudes, at the same time, both empathy and authority. On one hand, she’s a keen listener, one who never condescends to students, but treats them like fellow humans; on the other hand, she speaks with the clarity and assurance of an expert. One gets the sense there isn’t any crisis she hasn’t dealt with before. She also has a near-magical quality of realness, an authenticity devoid of contrivance, to which teenagers (and people in general) respond immediately. She is by turns irreverent, challenging, startlingly direct; she brings insight, compassion, and fearlessness to her work. She is that rare educator to whom adolescents want to listen, and with whom they want to be honest.”
—Sam Reed, Urban School of San Francisco alum

“I have been using your ethical dilemmas in my US government class and the kids love it. For many, it is their favorite assignment of the week and the dilemmas are creating the most incredibly thoughtful and wonderful conversations in class. Thank you for the work that you have done and are still doing!”
—High school teacher, North Oakland, CA

“I almost wanted to cry I was so inspired. It’s not often that you come across people … who

[offer] an ear and such un-biased information.”
—High school student, British Columbia

“I just listened to your podcast, [and] I really respect your perspective in teen-education. I had a pretty tumultuous adolescent journey, [and] I really wish there more people like you when I was growing up.”
—Recent high school graduate, South Africa

“I’m not very good at listening to my parents and having you in our house working [directly with all of us] really helped me understand where they are coming from. … I know that you are on my side.”
—Jordan, high school junior

“We all had a wonderful time [at the Slumber Party]. After you left, the girls stayed at my house until 12:30 am, discussing everything from car keys that alert the driver if there are people nearby to our favorite methods of attaining orgasm. I hope that in the future you are much more involved in my school. Both the boys and the girls need your unbiased information and motto (guilt, shame, regret… SUCK). You have inspired me and given me so much confidence going into college.”
—Chelsea McGettigan, University High School senior

“You changed the dynamic of the group in such a positive way. … We all [enjoyed] ourselves much more than we would have had you not come. You are so inspiring. There’s just something about you that always makes me think that you’ve just got ‘it.’”
—Talia Seidman, Branson School Women’s Retreat

“[My son] had nothing but positive comments [about Charis’] straightforwardness. … I got the feeling that there was a mutual respect between [her] and the students.”
—Parent, Sonoma Academy

“My sophomore thought Charis was a great speaker. She [called her presentation worthwhile and] talked about it after school. As a result, I have been able to bring up some of these issues in a normal way.”
—Parent, Sonoma Academy

“I have used your dilemma scenarios to deal with problems that come up in our camp. They have allowed us to have discussions and solve situations without finger-pointing between kids. … Thank you for your relevant writings. [They] allow our kids the freedom to problem solve without blaming [and help me] to prepare them for hard places in their lives.”
—Program Director, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Lexington, KY