What principals and teachers have said...
"Twenty students at Sandalwood Heights Secondary School have had the opportunity to work with Jonathan Hood and some of his fellow players for the Hamilton Tiger Cats in their “Ahead of the Game” mentoring program. A teacher found them to be consistent, professional and able to relate to students. This has been a very positive addition to our after school programming and has given our students some powerful role models. I am happy to recommend “Ahead of the Game”.
- Karen Guyatt – Principal, Sandalwood Heights Secondary School
"Jonathan Hood’s motivational presentations to both the Gr. 4-8 and K-3 groups were phenomenal! All of the students were very excited, and they were thrilled that he signed their autographs. Staff too. They were still talking about Jonathan today."
- Ms. Barnes – Principal, Waterfront Elementary School
"Jonathan motivated our students to dream the impossible in an exciting way. He shared his life experiences and his message that with hard work, faith and perseverance you can achieve anything. He left our school buzzing with 'Sir Hood.' Amazing!"
- Marcia Lovell – Principal, KCA
"The Ahead of The Game mentorship group has been a tremendous success for everyone involved at Sandalwood Heights Secondary School. A diverse group of students leaders came together to change their lives and those around them. The students are engaged in topics that directly affect them, promoting critical thinking skills based on their values and morals. Through this program , each student has truly realized their full potential. Both Jonathan and Ryan use their genuine, compassionate personalities to lead by example and produce an environment in which the students can develop their own identity. I am grateful to have been a part of the Ahead of The Game program."
- William Ryan Greer – Teacher, Sandalwood Heights S.S.
"'Speak life' are two words that our students embrace to each other daily at Lincoln M. Alexander High School.Jonathan & Justin created an atmosphere where students were comfortable with their own identity and confident to make better decisions for their everyday lives.
Ahead of The Game Mentoring Program helped students restore self-confidence and positive relationships amongst their teachers and peers. Through this program, each student gained the opportunity to believe in themselves to dream the impossible for a promising future.
I am grateful that I was apart of an amazing program. I highly recommend."
- Tanasha Smith – BTA, Lincoln M. Alexander S.S.
"A great mentor is one who creates and inspires others to develop their skills to become a leader. When I was developing the professional mentorship program for the academic society, Student Management Association (SMA), here at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), I was looking for a mentor who could provide value to our undergraduate students. I first ran into Jonathan Hood at one of our professional speaker series, where he engaged students with enthusiasm and provided a great knowledge platform to develop their skills and more importantly their attitude and character. At that point I knew Jonathan would be the perfect individual fit to kick start our mentorship program, of course his additional professional and personal experience only made him more of an asset to our academic society.
When developing the 6 week program, Jonathan offered so much insight and flexibility; everything from building a network to developing business plans, he truly was one in a million. Of course his well established and creditable Ahead of the Game youth mentorship program only proved his success rate and experience working within the youth community. On a personal level, Jonathan has been a mentor for me and fostered many opportunities throughout my academic and professional career. Whether it was luck or fate, I am truly grateful to call Jonathan not only an ideal coach or role model, but a friend. The mentorship program he helped create here at the institute has provided a pathway for many of our young business professionals to be more opened minded and improve their confidence. If you are looking for someone to engage youths to reach for the stars and become leaders amongst their peers, Jonathan Hood is exactly who you need."
- Linnet Kocheril, Undergraduate Program Assistant – University of Toronto Mississauga