NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

 

"Alison Trachtman Hill began her work with Hillels of Westchester when she brought us a grant opportunity she felt would fit with our multi-campus mission. We hired her to write the grant and help us design an innovative young women’s leadership program. After accompanying me to meet with multiple potential foundations, the grant she wrote was successfully funded at the full dollar amount, which also happened to be the largest grant made by that foundation during their funding cycle. Alison will play a significant role helping us implement the grant, including leading workshops for participants in the leadership program. We at Hillels of Westchester are thrilled with her work and look forward to many more opportunities to work together."  

-  Saul Spangenberg, Executive Director, Hillels of Westchester

"Alison was recently a guest blogger for NetSmartz Workshop. We were all extremely impressed with her expertise and professionalism. Alison is a pleasure to work with, an excellent communicator, and her final product was great."

-  Michelle Menillo, Educational Writer, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

"Alison is a fierce advocate for empowering and educating girls.  Her knowledge and understanding of the issues that are often unique to girls is “spot on.” In fact, we valued her input enough to include some of her work in our book “Safe Practices for Life Online.”  

-  Doug Fodeman, Co-Director, ChildrenOnline.org

"Alison has been a terrific partner with Break the Cycle. Her ideas have been well thought-out, her work/research provided to us has been extremely well-detailed and she has on the excellent working relationship BTC has developed with Alison. Overall summation – a great addition to any group of consultants and she will give you 200% effort on any project she takes on!"

-  Eric Anderson, Director of Program, Break the Cycle

"Alison brought her extraordinary knowledge and point of view to a post-show discussion at TADA! Youth Theater in conjunction with our production of the original family musical Rabbit Sense, which deals with themes of bullying. Where most specialists on the topic and media outlets seem keen on sensationalizing for their own gain, Alison gave us a practical and optimistic point of view, which gave our audience of parents and kids a better place to start from in dealing with similar issues. She was both thoughtful and very interesting."

-  Amy Fiore, Managing Director, TADA! Youth Theater

FOUNDATIONS

"When we contacted the Girl Scouts of CT for recommendations on potential workshop panelists for our 1st annual Girls Symposium, they emphatically suggested Alison Hill.  Ms. Hill graciously accepted our invitation to participate as a panelist and took the lead on moderating the Social Media workshop.  She helped us to shape the overall framework of the social media panel and to reconsider our initial approach.  The panel received rave reviews and this is unequivocally a result of Alison’s input.  Based on her ebullience and work with Girl Scouts and as a consultant, we also believed that she was an apropos candidate to kick-off our event attended by nearly 250 professionals.   Ms. Hill crafted a poignant Power Point presentation depicting girls doing great things and was able to nicely connect them to the various themes of the day.  Click here to view the video Alison created for this event."

-  Tricia A. Hyacinth, Associate, The Fund for Women and Girls, Fairfield County Community Foundation

"Alison gave an excellent talk on “Kids and Communications Technology” at the annual meeting of our grantees, all of whom provide direct services to needy children and youths in New York City. After asking the group in advance about their experience and interests, she developed a talk tailored to their needs. The talk was extremely informative, very well presented, and well received by those who attended."

-  Cavin P. Leeman, President, Stephen & May Cavin Leeman Foundation

As the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and GE prepared to launch the inaugural GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program last year, we sought best practices to help us create an esteemed program for exemplary student leaders.  Critical Issues for Youth’s expertise was valuable in building this new national program and attracting top talent.  In our first year, we received thousands of applications from extraordinary young leaders and laid the foundation for a robust program in years to come.

- Erin Korsvall, Program Officer, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

BUSINESSES

 

"Inspiring and informative…Alison Trachtman Hill addresses the hard issues that tweens and teens deal with on a daily basis. After hearing her motivational talk to Moms on cyberbullying and peer abuse at a workshop in New York City, I couldn’t wait to pull her into Reflections Publishing’s “Kids Helping Kids Through Books” series.  Alison was a pleasure to work with and extremely dedicated to making her piece of the Expert Advice section as helpful and user-friendly as possible.  Her commitment to the publication as a whole translated into many hours spent working with me on the book, and I greatly valued her time, attention to detail, knowledge, and passion for this work."

-  Colleen C. Ster, CEO, Reflections Publishing

We hired Critical Issues for Youth to provide us with research services that would help us more effectively engage with nonprofit and government organizations. Alison and her team supplied us with a comprehensive understanding of how best to work within these sectors and delivered exceptional results in a timely manner.  I highly recommend Alison and her team at CI4Y – they are passionate and dedicated individuals who have extensive content knowledge.

-  Adam Schrier, Melissa & Dou

"I remember my first conversation with Alison – full of determination, passion, smarts, and zeal to move the meter in substantive ways. I marked right then and there as a rising superstar on the educational media/technology landscape. Alison is a big thinker wearing “sensible shoes” – inviting our team at FableVision the room to think out-of-the-box – but gently balancing the reality of time line and budget in a way that kept everyone energized and pushing for best-in-class results. I will never forget the Intergalactic Bracelet Race board game we did together – where her creative strategic thinking and project management provided the guidance for our team to create this award-winning learning experience to empower young girls. I look forward to watching Alison’s career – and how she moves the world to a better place with her talent and relentless pursuit of excellence."

-  Paul Reynolds, Co-Founder, President, Creative Strategy, FableVision

"Alison worked in anti-violence education and invited my partner and me to present at the Girl Scouts Relational Aggression Conference. She was more than welcoming, extremely organized and veryprofessional. Her work in cyber bullying is very important and her help with our company Adina’s Deck is appreciated to this day. I would highly recommend her to anyone in this field or any other areas she pursues. She will be a great addition to your team as she was to ours!"

-  Debbie Heimowitz, Creator/Director/Producer, Adina's Deck

"Alison hired 360KID for work she was doing as a Project Manager at Girl Scouts of the USA. She always followed through when we needed information, and had an uncanny attention to detail when it came to setting up the contract, paying invoices, and generally moving the work forward. I loved working with Alison and believe the feeling was mutual, as she continues to look for ways to work with 360KID on future projects."

-  Phyllis Kaplan, Director of Sales, 360KID

"I had the privilege to work with Alison on two groundbreaking products for the GSUSA Healthy Relationship series. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Alison is organized, thorough, and oh-so-willing to go the extra mile to ensure that her final product exceeds expectations. For Healthy Relationships, she not only got a great product produced; she also fought hard (and “upstream”) to make sure that it was distributed in a way that would genuinely reach the target audience. As a vendor, I appreciate her respect for our team’s budgetary and timeline restraints; as a producer, I appreciate her vision, thoroughness and attention-to-detail; and as a person, I appreciate her positive outlook and pleasant nature. I was pleased to have this experience, and look forward to the opportunity to work with Alison again in the near future."

-  Christine Donadio, New Business Development, 360KID

"I worked very closely with Alison on some projects in the Healthy Relationship Series with Girl Scouts of the USA. I can honestly say that Alison was a pleasure to work with! From the start, she was extremely organized, and always very timely in responding to our questions. It was also very clear that Alison was passionate about her work at Girl Scouts, and had an extremely broad understanding of the initiative she was in charge of. Beyond that, when faced with an obstacle, she knew exactly what to do to get the job done. Alison has a great sense of humor, and her level of professionalism is unmatched. In the end, the marketing pieces we produced for her were so well received that she was a big advocate for Firepower Design, and we are very appreciative of that. I sincerely hope our paths cross again in the future."

-  Rachel Bohn, Operations Director, Firepower Design Co.

"As a design and advertising firm now in its 10th year, we've worked with hundreds of people in all walks of business. 95% of the time, those people fall into two categories: Big-picture thinkers or smaller-picture do-ers. Alison is both. And that’s pretty rare. There are a lot of big-picture folks out there that don’t know how to execute. Conversely, there are a lot of people who can get things done, but don’t see the real reasons for their actions. Alison is the rare exception who totally gets it. In our work with her, she is extremely organized and thorough, always ready with either a birds-eye view or a detailed explanation. Easy to talk to, her sense of humor makes projects a pleasure. She delegates as appropriate, takes the reins when she needs to, and offers an exceptional level of professionalism. We would be honored to continue to work with her, and hope to continue our relationship."

-  Andrew Billmann, Partner, Firepower Design Co.

"I worked with Alison on the Sister to Sister project. She was not only a representative of our client, the Girl Scouts of the USA, but the manager of the entire interactive project. She had a great hands-on approach but didn’t micromanage and allowed my crew to do what they do best. She was always available for any questions we had and always clear in what she wanted. Alison was extremely easy to work with. She handled any difficulties or problems that arose with the absolute, utmost composure. I would cherish any opportunity to work with Alison on any project in the future. "

-  Brandon Sheaffer, Director of Media Solutions, WITF, Inc.

"Alison was recently a guest blogger for NetSmartz Workshop. We were all extremely impressed with her expertise and professionalism. Alison is a pleasure to work with, an excellent communicator, and her final product was great."

- Michelle Eastwood, Content Manager, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

GIRL SCOUT INITIATIVES

 

"We hired Critical Issues for Youth to help us customize our teen-dating violence programming for Girl Scout audiences.  Alison provided us with a comprehensive understanding of how Girl Scouts operates and led us through the steps it would take to create a turn-key resource for Councils.  Her knowledge of Girl Scouts, program design and implementation expertise, and project management skills enabled us to expand our reach into the Girl Scout community.  The doors Alison opened for us into Girl Scouts have continued to benefit our organization as we now work with local Councils to educate and serve their girls.  I highly recommend Alison and her work – she is a passionate and dedicated individual who has extensive content knowledge and incredible business acumen."

-  Eric Anderson, Program DirectorBreak the Cycle

"I would like to highly recommend Alison Trachtman Hill as a consultant and/or curriculum writer. I have worked with Alison for over 6 years in various capacities. She has always proven to be efficient, knowledgeable and most of all, helpful in every way. She is an expert in the field of women and girl issues and is proficient in all aspects of violence prevention and intervention. Alison has served as my mentor and guiding light in establishing an anti-violence program in our council. She has also written curriculum for both our PAVE anti-violence program and our Character Trails program. Everything she has created has been enthusiastically received by our collaborators and facilitators. Her knowledge and area of expertise are second to none. Whatever your need, I can assure you Alison can fulfill that need for you, and in the best way possible!!!!"

-  Mary Ann Owens, Director of Membership ServicesGirl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

"Over the past four years, it has been a pleasure to work with Alison as she served as the Project Manager for implementation of significant federal grants to support anti-violence education and violence prevention. Alison worked closely with our council to provide invaluable guidance, resources and support in implementing the grant funds that our council had been awarded. Alison is impressive in her consistent ability to keep her finger on the pulse of what is happening within anti-violence field. She goes above and beyond simply making sure that a grant is implemented following the guidelines- she always strives to raise the bar of program quality and encourage councils to develop best practices that can have positive impact across the Girl Scout Movement. Alison has outstanding skills in multiple areas, including program and curriculum development, project management, research, and outcomes measurement. I look forward to continuing to work on with Alison on a wide-variety of projects."

-  Jessica H. Lawrence, CEOGirl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council

"I had the pleasure of working with Alison as a member of the “Funded Initiatives” team at Girl Scouts of the USA – a group responsible for the implementation and continued development of grant programs serving Girl Scout councils throughout the nation. 

Alison was an amazing program manager to work with and learn from. She has the ability to see the big picture and understand program goals, and then develop a plan to accomplish it. Most importantly, however, she knows how to manage relationships, successfully building strong partnerships and achieving buy-in from those she works with. This innate ability to build those types of relationships ensures successful program outcomes because of the shared sense of ownership between all parties involved. 

Alison is also amazingly passionate and knowledgeable when it comes to the field of relational aggression and bullying. It has been inspiring to watch her take this passion and build her “Critical Issues for Girls” organization. As a result of her work and the resources she is engaged in producing, I have no doubt that today’s young women will be more self-aware, confident in themselves, ideas, and talents, and well prepared to realize their dreams no matter what curveballs the world throws them. She is a valuable addition to any team and I personally look forward to opportunities to work with Alison and “Critical Issues for Girls” in the future."

-Kate Pickle, Senior Program Director, http://scienceclubforgirls.org/

"Alison and I worked together on the Girl Scout Cadette journey, “aMaze: The Twists and Turns of Getting Along,” a curriculum that guides girls in middle school to forge healthy relationships. Alison contributed her expertise in relational aggression to elevate the relevance of the journey. Alison is a sharp and progressive project manager who understands what girls need and want in today’s world."

-Laura Birnbaum, Event, Wedding, & Corporate Sales Manager, http://macaroncafe.com/

"Alison is a talented professional whose attention to detail and commitment to a job well done consistently exceed my expectations. I worked with Alison in her role at Girl Scouts of the USA. She was an incredible resource, well versed in the areas of bullying and juvenile deliquency and was instrumental in providing me with information that ultimately helped me secure funding for our local Girl Scout Council. Alison provided ongoing support, thoughtful discussion and spirited debate during our many interactions and often challenged me to think in new ways and try different approaches to analyzing and solving problems. She is a wonderful colleague."

-Lisa Johnson, Marketing & Brand Management, http://www.gssef.org/

"As Senior Writer/Editor at Girl Scouts of the USA, I have worked closely with Alison on a number of projects including the Healthy Relationships series, College 101, and other anti-violence curriculum. Alison is a self-starter who takes a project by the horns and gets things done. She is smart, thorough, insightful, and an excellent team player. We've developed a lot of content together and it has always been stimulating and energizing to work with her. Alison is passionate about what she does and always goes the extra mile to produce high-quality results."

-Janet Lombardi, Director, Information & Referral Center, https://www.girlscouts.org/

"I was very fortunate to meet Alison last year. However I have known of her work for some time. In 2007 we were wanting to put a anti-bully conference together in Wisconsin and I contacted the Girl Scouts to see if there was any information that I could use in our program. I immediately was sent to Alison. She was extremely helpful and followed up with me several times to check on our project. 
In 2008 she coordinated a conference of Girl Scout leaders and Staff to learn more about Relational Aggression. She was very knowledgeable and helpful to me with all of her information. Her heart is always in her projects and she is an amazing asset to any company. I truly believe that she is making a difference in the world and I look to her as a great role model for girls."

-Leigh Brown, Innovative Collaborator

"Alison was an extraordinary lead trainer at GSUSA's Relational Aggression Conference (January 2008). She was, and continues to be, a knowledgeable and inspiring teacher and colleague."

-Leela Kingman, Program Manager, https://www.gsnnj.org/Pages/default.aspx

"Alison assisted me with a program for Girls on Relational Aggression. I contacted her via phone and we chatted about the program and the issue for nearly an hour and during that time she inspired me to pursue implementing the program with my daughter's Girl Scout troop. She was extremely helpful and supportive and knowlegeable about RA and its real effects on girls. Alison is a great Project Manager, spending a lot of time talking with me, sending me relevant program materials by mail and email, and following up with me on my initiative. I recommend her wholeheartedly."

-Heidi Sheppard, Advisor for Technology Collaborations, http://www.nist.gov/mep/

"Alison's work with the Project Anti Violence Education (PAVE) grant brought us together. When Girl Scouts of Nassau County began its work on relational aggression, we were connected with the work Alison was doing as the Project Mnager on Pave the Way, an intiative of Girl Scouts of the USA. I found Alison eager to share her knowledge and responsive to our inquiries. She was involved in the creation of girl programming addressing the issue of healthy relationships and those program materials are available for use across the country by Girl Scout troops everywhere."

-Carole Aksak, Co-Founder, Parent on Point

"Alison, who I had the pleasure of working with for 4 years at GSUSA, is passionate, talented, driven, and very bright – all the hallmarks needed for success in any workplace I tapped into Alison’s expertise in girl development and anti-violence to help build content for a middle school curriculum for Girl Scouts. The result was a tremendously fun, valuable and innovative book (published September 2008) that girls all over the country are using as a guide to creating peaceful relationships. In addition to her content skill, because Alison is so conscientious and thoughtful about her work, I was able to count on her following through during a period of incredibly tight deadlines amidst an office climate of tumultuous change."

-Monica Shah, Director, Teacher Development & Professional Practice, http://schools.nyc.gov/default.htm

"Alison contracted with me to develop a multimedia instructional program on relational aggression (bullying) for the Girl Scouts. Alison functioned as the project leader and was delightful to work with. She was energetic, quickly responsive to questions and had terrific ideas. My father became severely ill early in the contract period and died several weeks later. During this time, I was not able to attend to our project and had to delegate most of my responsibilities to an associate. Alison was very compassionate and professional during this time. Once I was able to return to work, her enthusiasm helped lift my spirits and got me focused back on the project. During my experience working with Alison, she was an effective project leader and was a lot of fun to work with. I was especially impressed with how she was able to effectively manage the delicate balance between compassion for my personal situation and the needs of the project. I wish Alison well and I am confident that she will be an asset to any organization that employs her."

-Lory Woods, Senior Training Consultant, https://www.travelers.com/

"Alison Hill is an incredibly knowledgable and helpful member of the Girl Scout team. She took to media message training quickly and was able to help get out the message about the importance of anti-violence education. She is quick to respond, yet still offers thoughtful answers to difficult questions."

-Michelle Tompkins, Communications Consultant

"Alison hired 360KID for work she was doing as a Project Manager at Girl Scouts of the USA. She always followed through when we needed information, and had an uncanny attention to detail when it came to setting up the contract, paying invoices, and generally moving the work forward. I loved working with Alison and believe the feeling was mutual, as she continues to look for ways to work with 360KID on future projects."

-Phyllis Kaplan, Sales Manager, 360KID

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 Academy

"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 College

"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

Alison put together an amazing presentation for the parents at my school.  Her knowledge of the topic, thorough research and witty presentation were well received by all in attendance.  I am so happy that Alison and I had the chance to meet and look forward to working with her again in the future.
- Stacy Wasserman, Preschool Director, HEA Preschool
 

PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUES

 

"Alison Trachtman Hill is a leading American expert on issues affecting “tween” and teen girls. She recently gave me very wise peer feedback in working through a strategy to resolve a complex situation with a group of teen girls. Having access to another professional to speak to about ideas, resources, guidance, etc. on a confidential basis is extremely valuable in a field where critical relationships are often on the line.
I have also had the privilege of observing her in an online think tank of top national minds on digital safety issues for youth. Among these brightest stars, Alison always shines out with her consistent, spot-on, sage advice. When she steps into the dialogue of the nation’s experts, she never repeats the obvious, but contributes unique value, which undoubtedly has grown out of a deep, ongoing continuum of the many girls she has helped in the past, is touching now, and will reach in the future. With many successes already under her belt, Alison undoubtedly has more to come and she is certainly one to watch!"

-  Dr. Jenny Walker, President, Cyberbullying Consulting Ltd.

"Alison Trachtman Hill was such an extraordinary project manager at Girl Scouts of the USA that, when I started my own consulting business, I asked her to work with me. She not only grasps the “big picture” quickly, but is adept at implementing complex projects effectively. Her expertise and enthusiasm were well-recognized by Girl Scout councils across the country. She is superb at cultivating and maintaining collaborations with other organizations, which stems from her genuine interest in making a difference in people’s lives."

-  Dr. Harriet S. Mosatche, President, The Mosatche Grou

"I've had the pleasure of working with Alison on numerous projects. In particular, she was an amazing partner when we collaborated on a freelance project to write a grant proposal for a health care clinic to fund their teen pregnancy prevention efforts. During this project, as she does with all of her work, she developed innovative programmatic ideas for the organization; had an excellent vision of how to pull the proposal components into a tight, well-written document; and was extremely organized and detail oriented. She is a wonderful partner, very bright and very dedicated to her work. I highly recommend her for any organizations looking for technical assistance or grant writing for any program focused on youth."

-  Andrea Shore, Freelancer/Consultant

PARENTS

 

"Thank you so much for speaking last night and allowing us to hold such a wonderful event.  Your passion for changing communities is amazing! This morning I told my kids they were powerful and discussed what they could do if they witness bullying.  Our conversation sounded just like you detailed last night!! Thanks again!  I hope to see you again soon."

-  Elissa T., Westchester, NY

"Alison recently spoke to the parents at our middle and high school about their many concerns about their kids' activities online. Her presentation, which addressed creating an online identity, good digital citizenship and understanding the permanence of your digital footprint, was lively and informative. Many parents told me afterward how helpful Alison was in helping them understand and normalize their kids' behavior; one told me it had completely turned around her thinking about her daughter's use of social media. Because Alison is both a knowledgeable and an entertaining speaker, parents came away feeling more relaxed and more informed on these topics. It was a very productive evening!"

-  Margaret Chabowski, Secretary, Institute for Collaborative Education PTA

"Alison Trachtman Hill presented at our PTSA meeting about digital abuse (cyber-bullying) and online reputation management (digital footprint). She spoke about working as a school community to become more respectful, responsible and inclusive, and the ways in which violence perpetrated online often has offline consequences. Her ability to speak candidly with us while providing us with the tools, tips and ideas we as parents need to help our children was greatly valued and appreciated. She is an excellent presenter who is knowledgeable about the subject matter, the complex lives of youth and the dynamics among parents and children. I highly recommend her for your PTSA meetings and your school community as a whole."

-  Laura Laub, VP, Middle School PTSA, Sleepy Hollow Middle School