Through the Power of Acknowledgement

One Child One Family One Community at a Time

The Power of the Blue Ribbon Acknowledgement Program should be used by all educators in their efforts to ready students for a life in society. It gives kids pride, purpose, and the ability to overrun negativism and transform the world.
  – Steve Ahle, Distinguished Principal of the Year State of California

Our Global Movement:   #billiondreams

Difference Makers International’s global movement ignites the power of acknowledgment, encouragement and support for all generations, so that children and adults alike may live, love and dream.

Become one of a billion pioneers by 2020 who dare to share our dreams, pledge support for each other’s dreams and empower all in pursuit of a successful, happy and abundant life.

Together we are the fuel that transforms anger, apathy and violence into a sustainable safe, healthy and prosperous environment for all people and life on our sacred planet.

Are you a dreamer? What’s your dream? How can we support your dreams coming true?

What We Do:




  • End Violence in the Home, School and Community
  • Eradicate Bullying and Cyber-Bullying
  • Avert Adolescent Suicide
  • Ignite Passion, Purpose and Pride
  • Empower and Support Dreams
  • Advance Academic Excellence
  • Develop Career Readiness
  • Promote Community Service
  • Inspire Social and Business Entrepreneurs
  • Make Dreams Come True for Our Community, Country and World

The Problem:



  • 2 Out of 3 Americans Have Low Self-Esteem
  • 2 Out of 3 Teens Are Bullied Each Year
  • 30% of Kids in America Drop Out of School Before Receiving Their Diploma
  • Teen Suicides Have Risen 400% in the Last 30 Years.
  • Suicide is the Third Leading Cause of Death for 15-24 Years Old

Our Solution:

In 1980, our “Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbon Acknowledgement Ceremony was created to help people express their appreciation, respect and love for their children, parents, teachers, friends, neighbors—everyone! Over the years, this heartfelt ceremony has impacted over 40 million people worldwide and has been translated into 12 languages — saving lives, eradicating bullying, and making dreams come true in the home, school and workplace.

Our Programs:

Our Blue Ribbon Community Building Leadership Training sprang out of a demand from individuals, parents, educators, organizations, institutions and corporations to provide programs that would create healthy, happy and prosperous environments for all people. We are honored to have met and exceeded this demand.