Academic Institutions

"Our work with Alison Trachtman Hill and Critical Issues for Youth has been a positive, inspirational, and ultimately successful experience since day one.  The Mary Louis Academy contacted CI4Y last year in an effort to create a “Take Action” advocacy and leadership conference for students in our Service Homeroom Program.  Ms. Hill was most supportive of our vision, which focused on using the internet responsibly and ethically; she lent her expertise and enthusiasm to the endeavor from its very inception, always showing respect for our desire to frame the conference around our school’s mission of unity, reconciliation, and inclusive love.   Her extensive knowledge in the field of internet safety as well as her support of student-led initiatives, resulted in a wonderful day for our students.  Taking what they learned that day, students continued their conversations about cyber-bullying and the internet and ultimately organized the first ever Delete Day, an event that encouraged students to clean-up their social network sites by deleting harmful or offensive pictures and texts. The event was a major success, attracting international attention, and most importantly inspiring a number of our students to change the way they treat one another and themselves on social network sites."

-  Allyson M. Gutierrez, Service Homeroom Coordinator, The Mary Louis Academ

"Alison was recently a guest speaker in my graduate Law for School Leaders class for aspiring principals at Bank Street College. We were all deeply impressed with her expertise regarding cyber bullying and digital harassment. After Alison deftly and clearly outlined the treacherous landscape facing future school leaders, she provided them with sensible strategies for preventing and dealing with these issues when they are encountered. She also provided them with resources for more in-depth information. Alison’s presentation should be an absolute must for any school leader preparation program."

-  Ron Woo, Professor, Bank Street College

"Alison: I wanted to thank you for your presentation on Creating a Positive School Climate at my Educational Leadership class, Ethics for School Leaders.  As the education establishment focuses on new modes of accountability, all too often the importance of school culture is misplaced or lost altogether. You are one of the unique professionals whose vision for successful schooling prioritizes the creation of a respectful, tolerant school climate for all stakeholders.  You see the clear need for building self-esteem as a key to becoming a lifelong learner.  We can isolate and nurture individual elements of educational success, but unless we as a society see and value the whole child, we will continue the downward spiral of student failure.  I applaud your efforts to provoke change in the educational establishment. Again, thank you."

-  Peter Kaufman, Ed.D., Professor, Lehman Colleg

"On November 3, Alison Trachtman Hill spoke at Nassau Community College on the topic “Sexting, Cyberbullying and Defamation: Managing Your Online Reputation.” This timely talk drew a large audience of over 350 college students. Hill’s openness and ability to speak to the students “where they are” engaged and involved them in the subject. The audience had many questions and comments to share with each other during the Q&A period and afterwards. I recommend Ms. Hill as a speaker for her approach, content and delivery. You won’t be disappointed!"

-  Phyllis Kurland, College Cultural Program, Nassau Community College

"I came to know Alison Trachtman Hill though our mutual membership in an international think-tank focused on youth risk online.  Often intrigued by her work, I was particularly interested in a project called Delete Day.  I asked Alison to contribute the story of Delete Day to our new book on positive school climate, and was very pleased with her piece.  Her write-up was well-written, informative and a great addition to our publication.  I look forward to working with Alison again in the future."

-  Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., Cyberbullying Research Center