Below you can read what some of the parents of Lovewell students are saying about our programs and the effects it has had on their child. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and watch a short documentary of parents reactions to our Lovewell Dayton workshop.
“Lovewell accesses something in our kids that no other experience comes close to. The staff are ridiculously talented artists, but they are also good people: They feel like family. They love the kids, inspiring and guiding them to invent, to collaborate, to perform with a commitment to passion and excellence. Every year we shake our heads at the quality and depth of the shows, in awe of what the synergy of Lovewell is able to bring forth. Who knows how they do it? But more important than the quality of the shows is the quality of the process—that’s what changes lives. The life of our family has been so enriched by Lovewell that we book our vacations around the dates of the sessions.”
Douglas Flemons and Shelley Green
“As a creative child, our son often had difficulty being accepted by his peers at school. At Lovewell he found the acceptance he craved and deserved, his ability to relate to others improved, and his social self-confidence blossomed. The Lovewell affirmations and relationships carry him throughout the school year until it is summer once again. Creatively, our son’s horizons have been expanded and he now realizes that the power of collaboration can result in unexpected accomplishments. We are humbled by the Lovewell process and family and grateful for this opportunity for our son.”
Anonymous Lovewell Parent
“Lovewell has played an integral role in the life of our family for the past six years. When my sons first participated in a Lovewell program during middle school, they were rather shy and introverted. Through Lovewell, they blossomed into confident young men willing and eager to be part of an ensemble or shine center stage. They also developed enduring friendships with other student performers across the country and around the globe. Now as they are about to head off to college, they are looking forward to their last summer with Lovewell. The creativity and talent among the students are varied and amazing. The staff is incredibly dedicated, innovative, and resourceful. The music and choreography are second to none. The shows are thought-provoking, powerful, and inspirational; they make us laugh, they make us cry, and they make us think. Best of all, however, is the remarkable sense of camaraderie, support, and encouragement that is the foundation of the Lovewell community. No one is ever judgmental. No one ever utters an unkind word about another person’s ability or ideas. Imagine what a better place our world would be if everyone embraced the Lovewell ideals and spirit. Thank you, Lovewell, for giving us so many wonderful moments and memories.”
“I first came to Lovewell as a parent of a new and tentative student. I watched him grow and flourish at Lovewell, where his talents were encouraged and nourished by both staff and fellow students. Thanks in large part to the confidence and skills he gained there, he is about to receive his masters degree in music composition and head out for a lifetime of doing what he loves, which now includes being on the staff of Lovewell.
Having had my own experience as a songwriter, I know firsthand the satisfaction that comes with creative collaboration, but the Lovewell process takes it to another level. Today, I am honored to be a part of Lovewell as a board member, where I can be a hands-on participant in this wonderful organization.
My enthusiasm for Lovewell only increases as I see the positive changes in the students year after year. Every session is different in some ways, yet the process and the results are always the same—there is joy, bonding, friendship, personal growth, excitement and a huge sense of accomplishment. Bravo, Lovewell!”
Wendy Sager Pomerantz
Lovewell Parent and Board Member
“Lovewell exposed my daughter to other passionate and creative teens who embraced and welcomed her. Unlike others who had been with the program for years, it seemed like she had been as well. The affirmations, the process, was all inspiring, exhausting and more. Whether or not juniors and teens even consider performance arts in their future or not, the Lovewell experience helps add to a great foundation for high school, college and beyond.”
“Lovewell shows us all that the act of creating is the means and the end; creating friendships, creating self fulfillment, and… oh yes, a fantastic musical.”
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
“No other program gives a child the self confidence to do whatever it is they want to do. They have been accepted just as they are and nurtured to express themselves in their own unique way. They have experienced that their voice will be listened to without judgment and that in cooperation with others, they can accomplish anything they choose. Self esteem and a sense of family value are enduring gifts of the Lovewell experience. This is an experience we do not provide our children in our schools, and indeed, is not available in many of our families. It is a life-lesson that builds happy people and good citizens in our communities.”
Pembroke Pines, FL
Watch a short documentary about what parents are saying that was filmed at our Lovewell Dayton program in partnership with The Human Race Theatre Company