When we think of the importance of intervention, the incident at hand should not be a factor. It takes courage and commitment to do what is right. There is a personal responsibility that comes with practicing bystander intervention. When we accept this responsibility, we lead the way for others to follow. Mike Dilbeck and the RESPONSE ABILITY Project have taken a public and active stand against bystander behavior. Through active and intentional partnerships with national organizations, young children and adults, as well as many other growing constituents groups, there are not many people who have been more visible for the cause.
— Veronica Hunter, Lehigh University
The RESPONSE ABILITY Project is precisely what this country needs right now: a compassionate injection of pure unadulterated good. It seems with every change of the news channel, America sees another act of violence. If we want to counteract the hate, we need to start with ground zero...the everyday heroes that COULD be walking our streets if they were simply well-versed in the teachings of what an everyday hero really is. With a little grassroots support, this movement could very well be that righteous ammunition that helps us fight the hate.
— Patrick Allen, Chief Executive Officer, Groopt
RESPONSE ABILITY has become a powerful platform for changing individuals, communities, organizations and the world the only way it has ever been changed: one person at a time!
— Matt Geik, Phired Up Productions
I've seen great ideas, but this is even better! It's such an easy and amazing concept, something that uses everyday language to make an impact in everyday life. Sign me up!
— Dan Faill, Loyola Marymount University
Mike not only brought information to my students...he brought a contagious energy and passion that demonstrated the importance of taking action!
— Michelle Kusel, Assoc. Director of Leadership, Elon University
I have witnessed and participated in conversations with my undergraduate members that prove the message about bystander behavior and being a responsible citizen is being heard loud and clear…several have referred to this program as a turning point for the manner in which they hold their peers accountable.
— Brian Tenclinger, Executive Director, Triangle Fraternity
We took 27 students on a "RESPONSE ABILITY Retreat" and half of them were in tears by the end of the retreat (the good kind of tears). It was an incredibly powerful and empowering experience for them. Several of them went home the very next day and started confronting issues with their peers.
— Jason Bosch, Assistant Director of Student Involvement, Emporia State University
I've started using this program and have had an amazing response to it...hear over and over again how everyone should see it.
— Kate Planow, Associate Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life, Longwood University
I heard numerous times that this program inspired them to make changes and not just be a bystander like everyone else.
— Jennifer Kidurka, VP Risk Management, Panhellenic Council, University of Illinois