The Connor Project Foundation (TCPF) was started by Devin and Veronica Eckhardt when their vibrant 19 year-old son Connor Reid Eckhardt died after just ONE HIT of a legal synthetic drug called “Spice.”
Having reached over 200 million people around the world, something about Connor’s story cuts across socio-economic divides and causes people to think differently about the decisions they are making.
Veronica says, “What we have learned is an increasing number of youth are struggling and individuals, parents and organizations are desperately seeking ways to help youth make good choices given the ever changing complexities of our society." To that end, the Connor Foundation started working with Head Heart & Hands in 2015 to develop a curriculum that helps people understand their significance and gain the tools to live a productive life no matter their circumstances are.”
It is personal. TCPF wants YOU (the person reading this) to know YOU play an important role in this world. The choices YOU make will impact yourself and others today and into the future. You don’t need to share your story with millions of people like we did to gain hope. YOU just need to know YOUR life matters and no matter what your story is YOU can live above and beyond whatever you thought possible by developing the habit of thinking, caring and putting your good intentions to action.
Being able to give our best effort in school or sports and not give up when it gets difficult is a challenge. At one time or another, most students and athletes get frustrated and think things like “Why is this so hard" or “I’ll never get this” or “I am good enough." With the right tools, the classroom and athletic field become excellent environments to develop the love, respect and confidence to give our best effort and thrive in today's world.
The HHH tools teach students and athletes to set goals and how to live on mission even when they do not meet their goals. Hillel Rom, Coach for the Women’s UCSC Club Soccer says, “Today’s youth need sign posts. Culture is not giving them the right cues. The HHH tools help my players work their brain and approach themselves from a different angle which is enabling them to keep reaching toward their full potential.”
I am at a crossroad in my life and I need to remind myself who I am and who I want to become so I decided to draw my purpose on my phone to remind myself the story I want my life to tell.
”Best Life gave me a language for my life.”
I find myself thinking before I act more often. It is allot easier for me to say I am sorry now.
I used to be embarrassed about my circumstances. But now I see that ‘my story’ is the very thing that enables me to live out my purpose in life.
I have been weaving the Best Life principles into my job working at a alcohol and drug rehabilitation center. It's been good! I have everyone say they are unconditionally significant. The clients love it and it really makes them think.
When I lead workshops for refugees or HIV+ mothers and their children and explain to them their life matters, their hearts open up to listen. Learning their life has unconditional significance and they can make a positive impact wherever they are brings hope.
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