We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittni Schroeder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittni, how does your business help the community?
After my son passed away we saw so many of his friends, kids struggling. We were in desperate need of healing ourselves and as Tony Robbins has said, “We only suffer when we think of ourselves.” We wanted to show these kids how powerful service, kindness, and compassion could be in their lives. We decided to start a Compassion Club in his high school. What started off with meeting once a month soon turned to every week. We shared stories of Gage, our son, and other inspiring stories and then planned random acts of kindness activities. We posted started posting online and soon I was bombarded with messages from teachers, principals, parents and kids inquiring how they could start a club. Shortly after that formed a board of directors and formed a 501(c). We then formed a committee of parents, educators, administrators, researchers and counselors and together we created a 100-page curriculum. We created two curriculums one for elementary and one for secondary grades. The curriculums teach stories of kindness, compassion, forgiveness, service and more. Along with the stories we have coupled them with activities that revolve around compassion. We implement these clubs into school all over the United States.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Gage Schroeder was just 14 years old when he passed away in a tragic accident. Although his time here was short, he touched many people with his kindness and compassion. He was a charmingly sensitive boy with an electric personality. He had a deep connection to God, his family, and his many friends. Gage was a precocious old soul who often made friends with toddlers, teens, and adults alike. Hyper-aware of the struggles of others, he offered inclusion and kind words to the friendless and loved making people laugh. Gage wrestled for Franklin High School in El Paso, Texas and was in the Medical Magnet program with aspirations to become a doctor. His death was devastating for all who were lucky enough to know him. He was a once-in-a-lifetime kid who made a profound impact and will never be forgotten. Amazed by the outpouring of love and compassion following Gage’s death, The Schroeder family started a scholarship fund in his name for those who wanted to offer support. Thus began the Gage Schroeder Compassion Foundation and the roots of The Compassion Club. After the funeral, The Schroeder’s home remained filled with teenagers—all wanting to honor their friend and grieve alongside his family. Gage’s parents founded Compassion Clubs in the local elementary, middle, and high schools to help his friends and siblings grieve and heal through service, kindness, and compassion. Hundreds of kids gathered weekly to participate. Soon, people from all over the country reached out, asking how they could initiate Compassion Clubs in their own schools. The Schroeders created a curriculum to enable others to be a part of this amazing movement.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Galveston, Brazo State Park, Downtown to see all the murals, feed the homeless, Bat Bridge and cool restaurants.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Many people were a part of the success and the creations of this organization, but it was the kids that kept showing up that showed us the love and support that we needed to keep moving.