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Updated: Jun 1

Compassionate Celebrations:

the Class of 2024

Congratulations to the Class of 2024! We celebrate you and all your accomplishments in school and beyond. We want you to celebrate and enjoy this moment fully. As you get ready for fun-filled celebrations, we hope you will embrace these celebrations with joy, safety, self-care and self-compassion.


1.      Practice self-compassion

Reflect on your own boundaries and connect with your feelings and needs. Choose celebrations that make you happy. Remember, it is okay to say NO to dangerous behaviors or activities. Make your own decisions about how you want to celebrate: you don’t have to follow the crowd.

2.    Be kind to yourself and others

Understand and respect personal boundaries both for yourself and others.

3.    Plan Ahead

When you are celebrating, make sure that you remain with trusted friends. Make a plan to get home safely that doesn’t involve driving.  Consider arranging designated drivers or using ride-sharing services.

4. Remember the reason for celebrating

Celebrate your achievements, friendships, accomplishments and the exciting future ahead. It should be a blast! Avoid risky behaviors that can detract from the joy and meaning of these celebrations.

5.    Be a compassionate leader

If you see someone who is struggling, in distress or in danger, please call for help. Keep an eye out for your friends to ensure everyone’s safety.

Together we say yes to life!





I’ll always remember when my mother told me about Antonio Tsialas. My eyes were watery by the end of the story, and I clearly recall how scared I was of having anyone I loved experience hazing like Antonio did. It wasn’t until I was a junior in high school that I discovered ATLF. I still felt a strong connection to Antonio’s story, and I knew I wanted to get involved.


The Antonio Tsialas Leadership Foundation gave me the tools to become a compassionate ambassador and teach others how to protect themselves against the dangers of hazing. At ATFL, I met so many well-spoken, and open-minded peers who showed so much compassion and interest in all the topics we discussed.


Every meeting started with a “centering” of the mind, and it was in those minutes when we all came together, like a family, and shared our intentions for the session. Love, patience, respect and empathy were always present during these meetings. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of ATLF. I strongly encourage everyone to participate in the program. It will give you the tools to become a compassionate leader. This world will always need someone like you.


Ella Barnett

ATLF Ambassador


Registration is open for the ATLF Ambassador Program Fall Cohort


High school and college students:  We invite you to become an ATLF Ambassador and join a highly motivated team of students who are passionate about compassionate leadership and hazing prevention.


Learn more at our online information sessions


Wednesday, June 12, 2024 @ 7:00pm

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 @ 7:00pm

Wednesday, July 31, 2024 @ 7:00pm


For more information or to attend and information session please email Registration is open until August 16, 2024.


Kaige Brown Honored as Recipient of the Antonio Tsialas Leadership Award

It is an honor to recognize Kaige Brown, this year’s recipient of the Antonio Tsialas Leadership Award at Ransom Everglades. This award, established in honor of Antonio, is presented every year to a rising senior who demonstrates a passion for service to both peers and the extended community. Kaige is the embodiment of these ideals and we are proud to recognize him for his compassionate leadership.

Thank you to the Ransom Everglades faculty and staff for their support.


Empowering the Class of 2024 at Carrollton School Through Hazing Prevention and Compassionate Leadership

This month, students in the Class of 2024 at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, learned about hazing prevention and the power of compassionate leadership in creating positive change.


We appreciate their insights and commitment to leading with compassion. The students’ engagement, interactions, and reflections give us hope for the future!


We are grateful to the Upper School leadership, especially, Mrs. Consuegra and Mrs. Gonzalez, for their warm welcome and support. We look forward to continuing to create safe spaces at Carrollton and other organizations, where we can all practice compassionate leadership.


Together we say YES to Life!


Hazing Prevention for Athletes: The Compassionate Leadership Approach

On May 30, 2024 ATLF co-founder Flavia Tomasello joined ambassador Michael Bittner Mcpherson, an athlete in both collegiate and professional levels, to deliver our powerful online program “Hazing Prevention for Athletes: CLEARING the way to compassionate leadership.”

The questions and insights shared by all attendees make us hopeful for a more compassionate future. We are grateful for the commitment shared by student athletes, ATLF ambassadors, HS administrators, athletics staff, college educators and administrators who attended. Their passion makes us hopeful for the future!

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