Meet Our Directors
On April 20, 1999, Craig Scott was a freshman at Columbine High School. That day, two students killed 12 students and a teacher. One of the students killed was Craig’s sister Rachel Joy Scott. Craig was in the library, where most of the violence took place. He was under a table with two friends who lost their lives before he lead the remaining students in the library to safety.
Since that day he has dedicated his life to speaking to teenagers about kindness and compassion. Craig has had numerous appearances on such shows as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dateline, 20/20, MSNBC, CNN, and many others. He remains one of the most significant voices in America on school violence.
Craig founded Value Up after almost 20 years of sharing his sister Rachel’s story in schools across America. His life mission is to help students understand their intrinsic value and the intrinsic value of others.
Mike Donahue is the director and founder of Denver, CO based R5 Productions and Value Up, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reaching out and enriching the lives of young people through its award-winning program.
Mike has spoken to more than a million students over the last decade. He has spent the last 30 years working with young people all over the world. In addition to traveling the United States, Asia, South America and Europe speaking to young people, Mike has authored four books: Reinventing My Normal, Hidden Scars, Talking to Brick Walls, and his latest book, Value Up.
He is one of the most sought-after speakers in the country on the subject of respect, bullying, and school climate issues, speaking alongside the likes of Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, and Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education. His candid style and authentic persona keep students engaged and leaves them inspired.
Mike hails from Boston, MA, was a member of the United States Air Force, is the father of four children, and is married to his beautiful wife Rachel. He has dedicated his life to helping students understand their own innate value and the value of other people.