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J.P. McManus - on the 2011 American Celtic Ball at the Pierre Hotel in New York City (October 20, 2011) Proceeds from the event went to Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Foundation.

Dear Maurice,

On behalf of Noreen, myself and our guests, I would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for a very special evening the Pierre Hotel last week. The entire evening was handled in such a professional and welcoming manner, that it will remain in our memories for a very long time.

The presence of so many students was evidence of the great attention paid to these young peoples education by the ASLFL Foundation. My congratulations on this initiative and long may it continue.

Again Maurice, thank you for everything and I look forward to meeting you in Ireland.

Kind Regards,


2016 Testimonials

“It is because of your belief and your generosity that we, the Palestinian delegation actually made it to the conference. 7 days may not sound much for change, but in fact, I can say on behalf of all of the delegate we have changed a whole bunch. Be it our attitude, our personality or any other aspect, when we returned home our parents pointed all the positive changes they noticed in us. We went to Ireland as trainees but we went back to our home countries as leaders. The influential speakers, the team work, and even the cheers all helped in creating a stronger version of ourselves.”
Hamza Al Khoudari – American International School in Gaza, Palestine

“You gave me the hope of having freedom and being safe in the future by making me communicate and share ideas with the best students, people, and nationalities in the world. It was the first time for me to share ideas without fear, and it’s the first time to meet this amount of people from different nationalities, and they just complete each other by being like a pyramid.”
QasemQasem – American International School in Gaza, Palestine

“ASLFL made me not only grow as a student, but more importantly as a human being. I am forever grateful for the unique perspectives, new skills and passions I intent to pursue further. ASLFL was the highlight of my summer, and I will always remember the experience and friends I made for years to come. It really was a once in a lifetime event, but its impact will surely be felt for the rest of my life.”
Yousra Al Farra – American International School in Gaza, Palestine

“I got to meet so many people from different cultures and it truly was a life changing experience. This program has made me develop many of my leadership skills. I'm no longer shy while speaking in front of people. I've built up self confidence that allowed me to reach my goal. Mostly, this program has given me knowledge about different cultures that I found amusing.”
Taleed Al Borno – American International School in Gaza, Palestine

“As a Palestinian living in Gaza, I never thought that such a conference would bring anything to me; I just said that I won’t lose anything if I applied. What I didn’t know is that this conference would change my life forever. This conference changed the way I think of people. I met people from all over the world, people that I wouldn’t have met if I hadn’t attended the conference.”
MaoyedJawda – American International School in Gaza, Palestine

“I came here knowing that, even in today’s interconnected world, there is nothing as powerful as face-to-face interaction. I have no doubt that the knowledge we have gained and the contacts we have made here in Ireland will help make an impact in our respective regions!”
HalaShawa– American International School in Gaza, Palestine

“This event has dramatically altered the way I think about leadership and how to manage different scenarios which, will come into good use in my life. With the experiences, abilities and lessons, I was taught at ASLFL I now have the confidence and drive to improve the communities around me and to promote changes where I live. These relationships have altered the way I think about the world because I am more intune with the different cultures around me.”
Christopher James Hurst - Great Sankey High School, Warrington, England

“I was also inspired to become a leader of some sort. I always wanted to be involved in public speaker or television presenting. The ASLFL experience has definitely put me into a greater position to do so. I have learned to lead confidently and develop my skills, I can empathize for others more effectively, and work independently or as a team to deliver the greatest results.”
Melissa Rose Birdsall - Great Sankey High School, Warrington, England

“This experience has opened my eyes to so many different things. The memories made there will stay with me for the rest of my life. The leadership skills and knowledge, I have learned, I will be able to use in the future. I feel privileged to have been a part of this. I have made lifelong friends from around the world. Everyone was so interested in learning about each other’s culture.”
Charlotte Yarwood - Birchwood High School, Warrington, England

“Mr. Buckley, from you, personally, your constant interaction with delegates, like myself, gave me the determination to put my all into activities and gave me the confidence to speak in-front of the rest of the conference in such occasions, like the Country Knowledge Night. This was a real highlight of mine. I saw you as a role model and somebody to look up to.”
Jonathan Hurst - Great Sankey High School, Warrington, England

“I would just like to say that the eight days at the ASLFL Conference had been the best. I have made friends from the US, Nigeria, Palestine, Northern Ireland, Ireland and England. I never would have thought, that I would get to meet so many amazing people from such different countries or become good friends with them. It would not have been the same without them. You gave us the opportunity to make the changes needed in the world.”
Natasha Anthony - Bury Grammer School Girls, Bury, England

"Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life seminar taught me great leadership skills and provided me with unforgettable experiences and lifelong friends. Throughout the week we listened to engaging speakers and participated in group activities that bonded us as a group. It provided an extremely rewarding experience that I am looking forward to repeating next year."
Oliver Pelly – Bishop Garcia Diego High School, Santa Barbara, California, USA

“My experience in ASLFL was very fulfilling. It was full of laughs, frustration, hard work, and even crying towards the end. This program taught me that everyone can be a leader and that everyone has an untapped potential of self-confidence. Also that no matter what race, color, or status there will always be a common bond that unites us.”
ChrissAgramonte – All Hallows High School, Bronx, New York, USA

“The Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life program has never failed my expectation of being amazing. This year's staff showed an abundant amount of care and support, whether they were our group leader or not. I feel, that as a student coming from last year's program, I had a lot to compare about. The friends I made here, I can literally call my family. I met people I would never have met unless it was through this program. This experience is priceless and makes me want to make the world as united as this program.”
Darwin Contreras – All Hallows High School, Bronx, New York, USA

“My experience at the Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life conference could best be described as inspirational. Meeting so many interesting individuals from different cultures, classes and creeds was an amazing opportunity that will stay with me for life. During the conference, I engaged in a variety of lectures and workshops on topics such as effective leadership, project management and conflict resolution. The skills learnt and friendships created at this conference have opened so many doors for my future. This experience truly was life-changing and has tremendously helped me become the leader I am today.”
Reece Sheridan – Piper’s Hill College, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland

“Over the conference, I experienced something truly unique, the opportunity to meet a group of amazing individuals. Even though we are all from different countries and backgrounds, we got along like the closest of friends and I'm sure because of this conference, we can walk away with friends for life. Throughout this week we all came to realize how amazing all of our countries are. From the awesome costumes and instruments of the Nigerian delegation, to the outstanding food and national dances of Palestine. At culture night yesterday, 100% of us joined in on the dances and that just shows how well we all interact with one another.We are all from different places but we have many things in common and one of those is, to make this world a better place.”
Nik Petrov - Newpark Comprehensive School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland

2015 Testimonials

“The relationships and friends I made will always be remembered, those are life long lasting friends that I shared my culture with and they also shared theirs. We all share the same goal and are inspired for the same cause in some way or another. However, talking about the changes and what has ASLFL conference added to me, is like talking endlessly.”
Sami Zimmo – American International School in Gaza, Palestine

“We needed hard work to achieve our goal of discovering our true selves as leaders and through the week we spent in the program, I got engaged in a series of sessions and activities that have demanded responsibility, commitment, and perseverance. However, those sessions have assisted me in reaching my goals, they have helped me develop my leadership skills in the many different aspects, enhance my confidence, communicate and make friends with youth from different cultures and backgrounds , share national and global concerns with others and finally, go back home as a youth leader with the willing to make a change in their communities and the world.”
FaizaAbuMery– American International School in Gaza, Palestine

“You opened your arms for us and created an amazing journey that will never be forgotten.”
KaramEilwa– American International School in Gaza, Palestine

“I've come home overwhelmed with a new-found confidence that I think came from, not only the workshops, but the atmosphere of ASLFL and being in an environment where you can truly be yourself, where no goal or talent is too ridiculous, small or naive. I've lost all of my self-consciousness!”
Aislinn Fanning – St. Dominic’s Grammar School for Girls, Belfast, Northern Ireland

“This program has impacted my life and I know that I will carry and utilize all of the skills I’ve learned in Ireland to the challenges my community endures.”
-Anthony Salas – All Hallows High School, Bronx, New York, USA

The students of Mr. Mohamed Owdaa, PhD, K-12 Principal, the American International School in Gaza, Palestine

Mr. Amro Khalid Rafiq Al Ashi, who graduated the ASLFL program in 2012, is now studying Health Care Policy at the University Davie Florida, USA.
Miss Haya Emad Moneer Al Sayegh, who graduated the ASLFL program in 2012, is now studying Pharmacy at Al-Azhar University in Gaza, Palestine.
Miss Shouq Mohammed Othman Al Najjar, who graduated the ASLFL program in, 2013 is now studying International Business at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Mr. Mohammed Riyad Ramadan Salem, who graduated the ASLFL program in 2013, is now studying Medicine at Al-Azhar University in Gaza, Palestine.
Mr. Zain Maher Monir Alrayyes, who graduated the ASLFL program in 2013, is now studying Genetics Engineering at Okan University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Miss Reema Mohammed Nader Al Shuorafa, who graduated the ASLFL program in 2013, is now studying Financial Management at American University of Madaba in Jordan.
Miss Balsam Alqishawi, who graduated the ASLFL program in 2013, is now studying Public Policy at American University of Madaba in Jordan.
Mr. Mohamed Abu Aisha, who graduated the ASLFL program in 2013, is now studying International Policy at American University in Beirut, Lebanon.
Mr. Khalid Ismail, who graduated the ASLFL program in 2013, is now studying Civil Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Mr. Ahmed Nasman, who graduated the ASLFL program in 2013, is now studying Business Management Economics at the Western University in London, Canada.

2011 Testimonials

Student Testimonials

Stephen Benn, All Hallows High School - Bronx, New York City
Comments on the 2011 ASLFL International Youth Leadership Conference at NUI Maynooth (July 24-29, 2011)

The skills that were taught, from the first day to the last one, will stick with me forever. Being aware of your strengths and weakness and improving on the weakness to be a better leader. As well as, being the change you want to see in the world is something that was echoed throughout the week. However, the one question that was constantly being asked at the conference that I found hard to answer was: "If you ruled the world, what is one thing you would change? My answer now would to have the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Conference program worldwide. I truly did have an incredible time at the conference and if I could share this experience with everyone in the world, I would."

“Search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.”
~Albert Schweitzer