Young students face strong winds. We create the support to help teens find their voice.
We are a team of people working to redefine the boundaries of school culture development.
We’re experts at assessing problems and providing the right tools to solve them.
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Founded by JC Pohl & Erahm Christopher, TEEN TRUTH was started as a creative response to the Columbine High School shooting. Inspired by the award-winning, student-shot film series, the movement was designed to represent student voice, and to promote student-driven education initiatives. TEEN TRUTH centers around the highly motivational TEEN TRUTH: Assembly Experience, which is supplemented with films, stories, and physical activities designed to engage students and develop school culture. Our goal is to spark honest discussion about the current struggles that teenagers face.
We also offer the TEEN TRUTH: Difference Maker Summit, which redefines leadership and transforms every student into a viable difference maker. We help students, educators, and parents understand the most critical issues on campus, and create a plan of action to overcome those challenges. The key belief of this program is that every leader must Act with Compassion Today.
TEEN TRUTH’s RISING UP: Coaching Program extends our efforts a step further by serving as a life-changing peer-to-peer curriculum designed to build resilience by overcoming adversity. Focused on changing the language around bullying, school pressures, and life challenges, we teach students the social and emotional skills needed to thrive in the real world.
All of this change is brought about through our team members, marketing partners, and clients. Our reach includes schools, conferences, and all education-related arenas. In briefest terms, our goal is to empower student voice in every aspect of education.
President & CEO
JC Pohl is a producer and speaker who has reached over 7 million people with his message of strength and personal power. He has produced ground breaking programs such as TEEN TRUTH and RISING UP, and award-winning content for companies such as Warner Brothers, ESPN, and Disney. He has also provided innovative educational content for The American Film Institute and Human Relations Media.
His anti-bully work with TEEN TRUTH has sent him around the world, inspiring students, educators, and parents to tell hard truths and be the difference. During his career, Pohl has been featured on news programs, radio shows, and has received front-page coverage on USA Today and Yahoo! Sports. He has reached students in over 1,000 schools and keynoted conferences for CADA, TASC, BOOST, NASC, LEAD, NCSA, ACE, Texas School Safety Center, SC AMLE, and the PTA. Additionally, he has consulted for brands such as Six Flags, Universal Studios, Lifetouch, Union Pacific, Special Olympics, The Miami Dolphins, The Baltimore Ravens, and SHRM Chapters in Maine, New England, and Texas.
To compliment TEEN TRUTH, he has also developed RISING UP, a self-development program designed to teach students to build resiliency in the face of adversity. Launched in 2013, Pohl’s RISING UP: Coaching Program has reached over tens of thousands of students across the country and consists of a peer-to-peer curriculum used by school counselors, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas School Safety Center, 21st Century ACE Centers, Communities in Schools and other leading education related organizations across the country.
Pohl is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate, holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University, San Marcos, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing from Santa Clara University. Additionally, he has sat on the board of the Austin Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and manages a small private practice for select counseling clients. You can find him on Facebook and LinkedIn or connect directly at www.jcpohl.com.
Working to become a hip-hop artist since the age of 7, Jared Scott has evolved into a positive force in an industry that is plagued with negative behavior and anti-establishment messages. His song “Life Lessons” has quickly become a catalyst for students to find hope, and his youthful voice serves as a navigational beacon for teens that face problems and challenges every day.
We are proud to have Jared Scott on the TEEN TRUTH roster of speakers as we continue our work to empower students in schools and communities around the world. Scott had this to say about our partnership, “I’m beyond excited to be a part of TEEN TRUTH. I’ve personally seen what it has done in so many students’ lives across the country. My message is about spreading hope and loving one another. I’ve always felt like it goes hand in hand with TEEN TRUTH and together we could make an huge impact.”
Jared’s goal is to continue creating music that makes a difference and we are excited to support his voice as he reaches TEEN TRUTH audiences across the country.
Michelle Piña Amos
Director of Program Development
Michelle Piña Amos is the Director of Program Development for TEEN TRUTH. Michelle joined the company in 2016 and is tasked with developing opportunities for TEEN TRUTH to reach students, educators, and school administrators. Additionally, she works with TEEN TRUTH’s family of schools to implement curriculum and evaluate the procedures of our programs and services.
Before joining TEEN TRUTH, Michelle was a Program Manager for Grant Compliance at CASE for Kids, a division of the Harris County Department of Education. At the time of her exit, CASE for Kids managed 20 school-based programs in 11 school districts funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. Ms. Piña Amos has over 10 years experience in leading and starting out-of-school time programs and more than 15 years in education management. She is the President of the Texas Afterschool Association, a membership organization affiliated with the National Afterschool Association, which focuses on increasing the awareness of out-of-school time programs across the state.
Ms. Piña Amos received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Tulsa. She has completed post-graduate work for a Teaching English as a Second Language certificate at the University of Central Oklahoma. She has also participated in a Business Fellowship for School Leaders at Rice University, and is a certified K-12 Principal in Texas.
Ms. Piña Amos resides in her hometown of Houston, volunteering on behalf of the state’s OST network and acting as a State Leader for the Young Survival Coalition. She frequently volunteers to foster puppies through local Houston organizations. As a native Texan, Ms. Piña Amos enjoys connecting people and organizations in order to best serve the youth of the state and to ensure a better tomorrow.
Joining the TEEN TRUTH team in 2015, Sharon serves as a trainer for TEEN TRUTH’s RISING UP: Coaching Program. With a strong background in community relations and youth program development, Sharon helps to build resilient teens and foster better student relationships through various after-school and summer program initiatives.
Client Services Coordinator
Having worked in the healthcare industry since 2009, Callie Pohl joined the TEEN TRUTH team in 2015. She helps to coordinate school events and field client questions. Born in south Louisiana, Callie’s genuine smile, polite nature and sunny disposition extend her brand of southern hospitality to the TEEN TRUTH client base.
Having worked with TEEN TRUTH since its inception, Shane Williamson is a corner stone of the company’s success. Filling multiple roles for the company, he works to edit video segments, service product requests, and develop client relations. A true filmmaker by trade, Williamson also works as the Executive Director of the TEEN TRUTH: Film Festival where he curates student created films from around the world.
Every great company needs a talented wordsmith to make it look good. Ryan McKernan serves as TEEN TRUTH’s lead copy writer for all our marketing and communications efforts. Additionally, he serves as a trainer for TEEN TRUTH’s RISING UP: Coaching Program. He is also a novelist and comedian.