Nametags Educational Program

One Revolution’s NametagsEducational Program, is an assembly program, using accomplished individuals with disabilities and their personal stories to teach students tools in resilience.  Using our motto, “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you,” our universal message encourages students to apply our tools in resilience to overcome obstacles in their own lives. Our approach to challenges determines our success - we all face challenges, it is how we choose to handle those challenges that determines success.

The presenter’s stories of achievement, in the face of profound challenges, inspire students to challenge the limitations they put on themselves and others. Presenters encourage students to create Nametags—concrete representations of the goals they want to pursue and the people they aspire to become, and to progress toward those goals every day.

Program Facts

  • Grade Level: Best suited for students 3rd and above
  • Length: 45-60 minutes including question and answer
  • Audience size: 15 - 1,000+
  • Equipment Needs: Requires slide show display and audio
  • Curriculum Integration: Supplemental, comprehensive programming is available

Program Goals



Presenters teach students tools for resilience and how to apply them to the obstacles they face.



Students will be challenged to look at themselves and identify the genius that lies within.

Presenters use real life examples of how they have applied the 4 Ss of Resilience to overcome obstacles in their own lives and encourage students to use those same tools when they are faced with challenges.

4 Ss of Resilience™

  1. Self – Am I a victim or survivor?
  2. Situation – Is it overwhelming or a challenge?
  3. Support – Am I alone or part of a team?
  4. Strategies – Is there more than one approach?

-Created by Donna Volpitta Ed.D

Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Our Presenters illustrate how labels, or Nametags define the way that we think about ourselves and others.  Presenters use real life experiences that show how labels can often be limitations.

They empower students to strip away those limitations and create labels, or Nametags, that empower them to define the kind of person they aspire to be. Challenging students to live each day progressing toward becoming that person. 

Students will be pushed to recognize that everyone struggles. Nametags presenters open up about the details of their past and help students understand why being accepting of others’ differences is so important.  

The program encourages students to step out of their comfort zone and ask questions to learn more about their fellow students.  When students learn more about each other, the better their understanding of what they have in common, as opposed to focusing on the differences that separate them, building a more inclusive community.

Presenters challenge traditionally held beliefs about what it means to be “disabled.” The presenter’s achievements often do not fit within a student’s perception of disability, quietly changing those perceptions. 

One Revolution’s mission is to turn perception of disability upside down.  We believe, at our core, that sharing our stories and allowing students to see our struggles creates a deep human connection.  This connection allows students to see themselves in the presenter, changing their perception of disability by focusing on the similarities that connect them. 


Students are encouraged to see others for their unique genius.



Presenters challenge traditionally held beliefs about what it means to be “disabled".

Disability Goal

Program Creators

Donna Volpitta, Ed.D.


  • Ed.D, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Author, The Resilience Formula
  • Founder, The Center for Resilient Leadership
  • Author, Pathways to Empower Curriculum
  • Creator, URBrand App
  • Expert,
  • Board Member, Kids Helping Kids
  • Global Presence Ambassador, Parenting 2.0
  • Life Skills Coach, Ya That Game 

Chris Waddell, Paralympian


  • Dalai Lama’s Unsung Hero of Compassion
  • Thirteen Paralympic Medals
  • World Champion in both winter and summer sports
  • Most medals of any male monoskier in Paralympic history
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Middlebury College
  • First Ambassador International Paralympic Committee
  • Founder One Revolution Foundation
  • First nearly unassisted paraplegic to summit Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Paralympic Hall of Fame & US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
  • People Magazine “50 Most Beautiful People”

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