Alyse Rome, Founder and President, founded Amazing Kids! (amazing-kids.org) in 1998, to provide kids with a positive, uplifting voice that would help them find purpose, hope and a direction in life by inspiring them to:
- Discover their own unique gifts, interests and abilities
- Use their gifts in positive and productive ways to make a difference in the world
A former teacher, Alyse instinctively knew that one of the best ways to teach and inspire children to become achievers is by giving them access to the “success stories” about their peers (thereby countering the ill effects which too much exposure to the negative, sensationalistic news about kids too often found in the mainstream media can have on kids). She began researching, writing and publishing the first “Amazing Kids! of the Month” stories for the amazing-kids.org website when it first launched in 1998. Almost immediately, the world started taking note of these “Amazing Kids”. Within the first four months after launching, Alyse got a call from the producers of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, who invited one of the first “Amazing Kids” to appear on the show with Jay Leno. In the months that followed, Oprah invited another “Amazing Kid” on her show, Brandon Keefe, co-founder of BookEnds, and gave Brandon and his organization $250,000 worth of books.
Today the amazing-kids.org website continues to be known worldwide as the number one online resource for stories about amazing kids. Educational publishers regularly license the website’s content for use in educational textbooks and other educational media in countries around the world. The website is featured as an educational enrichment resource in the Renzuilli Learning System used in classrooms around the world.
As publisher of the award-winning, kid-created Amazing Kids! Online Magazine, Alyse supervises the production of the content for the web-based publication. Since first launching the online publication in 2000, she has had the privilege to work as a mentor, cheerleader and #1 fan of the countless children and teens who have worked on the student editorial team over the years. One of Alyse’s proudest moments was having her student staff’s amazing work recognized as one of the Top 24 “Great Web Sites for Kids” for 2010 by the American Library Association.
Alyse has also served as an advisor for By Kids For Kids in Stanford, Connecticut, and is a frequent consultant for the Entertainment Industry, helping to cast or book appearances on numerous television shows featuring “amazing kids”, including interstitials on Disney Channel (“Check This Kid Out”) and PSB Go, as well as for television shows such as Ellen, Martha, The Bonnie Hunt Show, and Cartoon Network among others.
Alyse graduated with high honors and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Cal State University Fullerton, and received her teaching credentials from University of California, Irvine, where she received a Paul Douglas scholarship for her studies. Upon graduating, Alyse taught elementary school in Orange County, California, prior to receiving a fellowship to attend Boston University for her graduate studies in International Relations and International Communications. A former award-winning actress and champion fencer, Alyse ranked 2nd individually in the Southern California Intercollegiate Fencing Conference and lead her team at C.S.U.F. to a first place victory. A published author, Alyse worked in the software industry as a marketing executive before leaving the “for-profit” world to follow her passion: helping kids achieve their dreams.
Alyse believes all children have amazing potential and unique gifts which need to be nurtured and supported so they can have the bright future they deserve. She encourages caring and concerned adults to reach out and help kids in their local communities to prepare for their amazing future, by starting them on the positive path towards achievement today.
Alyse lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwestern state of Washington.
Kasey Dallman, Editorial Advisor, started out as the Amazing Kid of the Month Writer and Researcher, and has loved every minute of it! She currently is an elementary music teacher in Southeastern Wisconsin. Learn more about Kasey and her writing at http://kaseydallman.wordpress.com/.