Messages Which Are Hopeful!

An experience that delivers inspirational messages of hope and love from young people to young people.

MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe

A catalyst for assisting schools and their surrounding communities in a collaborative effort to empower young people with the knowledge, courage, and strength to deal with life’s personal challenges, thereby changing and saving lives.

MWAH!: Committed to meeting the needs of young people

A key concept in this effort is a ‘three-point shot’

  • Awareness of a problem,
  • Seeking help for it,
  • And then getting whatever help is needed.

This collaborative process may include social media videos as well as issues-oriented school presentations highlighting the helping process in place at any given school.

Stories from us!

As an alternative to school-based performances, the troupe is seeking student-generated videos on social-emotional learning (SEL) topics relevant to teens’ lives. Students, parents, teachers, and counselors will be able to access the videos online at home and at school via MWAH!’s Web site and social media accounts.

From the MWAH! Archives—MWAH!’s Appearance on Paula Sands Live (2017)

MWAH!, now in its 37th year, recently came across a clip of our troupe’s appearance on the “Paula Sands Live” show in 2017.  The program, broadcast from the KWQC-TV studios in Davenport, reaches viewers in the Quad Cities area.  The clip features MWAH! alumni Landon Ballard, James Agena, Justin Smusz, and Taylor Oechsel chatting with the program’s host, Paula Sands, and singing the inspirational song, “You’ll Be Okay.”

Choices – Suicide Awareness Video

From Desperation to Hope (Suicide Awareness & Prevention) Choices, produced by MWAH! in late-Summer 2020, addresses a serious topic: suicide. The video features a scene in which a despondent man (played by Jemell Moore) prepares to take his own life by jumping off a bridge, only to be saved by a person passing by who once was in the same position as the depressed man contemplating suicide. One key message: think of failure as a teacher, not as a final outcome. MWAH! invites you to view this inspiring short film that illustrates an emotional transformation from desperation to hope.

MWAH!—Changing Lives and Saving Lives

Young people are true “digital natives” who gravitate to social media and the Web.  In this 10-minute video, MWAH! highlights its transition into the digital age in order to spread its message of Changing Lives and Saving Lives.  In the video, you’ll hear troupe alumni describe how the troupe has changed their lives for the better, and you’ll hear more about MWAH!’s plans for the future.

The Bully

This video, written and directed by Jonah Maxwell (as a seventh-grader!), focuses on a problem that approximately 3 million students experience each year: Bullying.  This poignant video, which features the voices of middle school students, shows viewers the emotions that victims of bullying experience, as well as the transformative difference that kindness can make.  The video then turns to examples of positive behavior, and it reminds viewers, “It’s as easy to be nice as it is to be mean” and “manners and respect cost nothing.”  To view this inspiring video, please click the link below:

Video on loss – Jade Stock

Morrison High School student Jade Stock reflects on the topic of loss—including the loss of a traditional senior-year experience—amid the COVID-19 situation that has unfolded across the United States in recent months.  Addressing loss in general, Jade encourages teens—and viewers of all ages—to use the defeats that they experience in life in order to move on to their next stages of growth.  “Sometimes you have to lose before you gain,” Jade observes.  MWAH! invites you to view Jade’s reflection on loss and think about how you can transform setbacks in your life into opportunities for growth.

Submit Digital Content to MWAH!

Please click the “PDF” link to view a document that describes the digital content that MWAH! seeks to feature on its Web site.

Measurable results are the name of the game

‘I just wanted to send you a quick thank you for the great show the MWAH! troupe put on for students at Prophetstown High School and Prophetstown Middle School. Our students were super impressed with the messages and I hope we can have you back again. Even our students who had seen the troupe a couple of years ago loved that you made some changes in your presentation. Every message was very impactful and well delivered. I hope our paths cross again!’

Josh JohnsonPrincipal of Prophetstown High School

‘The MWAH! presentation was perhaps the most inspirational assembly I’ve ever attended. During lunch, I noticed that the school cafeteria was quieter and calmer than usual. Even a few hours after the assembly I think students were continuing to process everything they heard during the performance. The troupe was able to touch on such serious topics as depression, suicide, substance-abuse issues, interpersonal conflict, and so many other areas in a short amount of time. I’m truly impressed with the dedication and high standards that everyone from the MWAH! troupe brought to the performance.’

Brian BartozDriver Education & American Government Teacher and Scholastic Bowl Coach

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What We Have Accomplished

More than 35 years of issues-oriented school presentations throughout Illinois and various other states for audiences totalling more than half a million students and staff.