Praise for Making Change

Lieutenant General The Honourable Romeo Dallaire, (retired), Senator says:

"Even great dreamers need imagination to achieve their goals. When you visualize, you open yourself up to the help of the universe. Making Change is a new "hands- on" book full of very useful ways to achieve personal and organizational goals. The fact that Bilaal has been able to produce such a piece of work with such clarity and discipline of mind is just outstanding."

Craig Keilburger, Founder and Chair of Free the Children says:

"We often refer to young people as "the leaders of tommorow", but more and more, the youth of the world are showing us they can truly be leaders of today. Making change reminds us that there's no need to wait."

Eric Walters, Author and Activist says:

"I've known Bilaal for many years. Making Change is both a road map, showing the route he has traveled, and an invitation for others to follow. He is an inspiration, role model, a dynamo and one of my heroes."

CM Magazine says:

"[Bilaal] is humble, smart, hardworking, respectful and an example both to adults and children alike... although the book focuses on guiding youth in their fundraising efforts, adults could also learn much."

 

Praise for Bilaal Rajan

Jude Smith, Host of Life Talk, WHVW -New York says:

"It was an absolute pleasure having Bilaal Rajan as a featured guest on my New York radio show, Life Talk. Bilaal spoke eloquently and passionately about his commitment to being of service on a worldwide basis. His absolute confidence in what he does and the need to take action was especially impactful coming from one who is “under-age”, as he describes himself in the subtitle of his book. And I must add that during our interview, I witnessed something I have never before experienced during an interview – my two sound engineers were both moved to tears by the inspiration Bilaal provided during the telling of his powerful story of identifying need, and taking the steps necessary to alleviate that need. Given the impact that I witnessed within my own studio of Bilaal and his message, I am certain that the conviction behind Bilaal’s words moved our listening audience as well."

From AlexMandossian.com's Spotlight on Bilaal:

Cathy Perkins:
When I first heard Bilaal speak, I had no idea he was 12 years old. I will be listening to him on this month's Smart Start Giving call and I hope you will too. He is really remarkable and has a lot to say that we need to hear.

Michelle Cox Scheppler:
WOW! What an incredible young man. He's accomplished more in his 12 young years of life than most of us accomplish in a lifetime. He's an inspiration to all-young and old!

David Wilkinson:
Being 14 myself, it in a sense shames to think that whilst I'm (by definition) "overachieving", I'm doing so to further my own development and business. Seeing someone such as Bilaal make such a positive difference in the world (and being a fellow young author myself) has stirred something in me. Thanks for sharing Alex! I think it's about time that we all started following in some rather small footsteps. :P

Coach Deb:
Bilaal,
You are a Leader.
You are an inspiration.
Never let anyone talk to you about age. My husband started his 1st business at age 12, and I grew up with people telling me how I was "too young" to pursue my dreams/ambitions. I ignored them, and pursued them anyway. Today we're both living a great life & continue to ignore people who think of us in terms of "age" instead of leadership & wisdom. Do likewise. Be the change you want to see, and KEEP doing what you're doing - and then some!
You are destined for greatness & the world is better for having you in it!

Dolan:
This guy is a true inspiration and the perfect example of the potential that lies inside of all of us.
I have had the honour to meet him and I will definitely be on the Smart Start Giving call to listen to the wisdom that he will share.
Keep it up young man!

Hugh Rhoads:
It is inspirational to see youthfull passion guided in such a positive and expansive direction.
This is the kind of "global citizenship" that is needed to transform our world to a place of well being for everyone. Thank you for promoting this message and "being the change".

Heidi Nabert and Danny Guspie:
Alex we had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Bilaal at an event in Toronto 2 weeks ago, where you were the masterful MC!
Bilaal is an inspiration not just for kids, but for adults who have forgotten to dream….and believe that anything IS possible.
Thanks for spotlighting this young rising star!
We have had scheduling conflicts with your KIVA calls, but we've made time for this call!
and for Dan….great YouTube Video of your son - love the outtakes!

Susan Bagyura:
What an inspiration this young boy is!! Too often people say "I can't" instead of making the decision to do something and then look for the first step. I am sure that his initial ideas were small and as he moved or took steps on those ideas, the larger things started happening. This same thing can and does happens for all of us if we just look for how we can.

David Wilkinson:
Being 14 myself, it in a sense shames to think that whilst I'm (by definition) "overachieving", I'm doing so to further my own development and business. Seeing someone such as Bilaal make such a positive difference in the world (and being a fellow young author myself) has stirred something in me. Thanks for sharing Alex! I think it's about time that we all started following in some rather small footsteps. :P

From Global Issues Youth Symposium:

Dina Desveaux:
And thank you, thank you, thank you to both Bilaal and the family for your contribution to the Global Issues Youth Symposium – the speech was GREAT and the youth loved it!  Very inspired! I want to share this with you because you had already left when we did the reflection…
In the circle, we asked the youth what they would remember most fondly and/or what they would take home, here was one answer from a youth that identified himself as a refugee:
"When I was in refugee camp and even when I came to Canada, I couldn't think of a reason why I wouldn't be better dead.  You restored my faith in humanity.  I now have a reason to live.  That's what I'm taking home with me."
His words made me cry (a lot) and have re-energized me big-time after several days without much sleep.  I hope that knowing you played a role in such a moving experience for someone makes you see how absolutely your time commitment is Moving Our World…