The American School of Protocol® was founded on the basis that there needs to be a change in communities; chivalry and basic human care for one another was dwindling. Today, ASP has certified over 500 people from around the world and provided these graduates with tools to enrich and give back to their communities. This week we are featuring two of our graduates who embody everything The American School of Protocol® stands for which is making a positive difference in the lives of others.
Kathleen Cover received her triple certification in 2009, and since then has been on a fast track. She is dedicated to teaching etiquette and improving the lives of others. Although Kathleen is busy with her wedding planning (To Love and To Cherish) and her etiquette businesses (The Etiquette School of Beverly Hills and The Etiquette School of Newport Beach), she still makes time to work with her community.
Immediately after graduating from ASP, she became involved by volunteering with the Youthful Offender Wraparound Program. Kathleen works with offenders ages 16-25. Her job is to provide them with the tools they need for interviews, dining and business and social skills.
Kathleen describes working with the YOWP as her most rewarding teaching experience. During a recent series, each teen was asked to give a speech on something they were passionate about, or someone who had inspired them. One of the teens spoke about a person who had influenced his life. It was Kathleen. He even gave her a handwritten thank you note that she keeps in a frame on her desk. "I get teary‐eyed every time I share that story. Being able to teach these teens is truly the most rewarding experience of my life. They want to learn, and they want to better their lives. I am joyful that I can be a part of that."
In addition to the YOWP program she is currently working with the Orangewood Belle of the Ball. This organization not only donates dresses, jewelry, shoes, and handbags but they provide 250 teens with etiquette tips and professional advice from successful women such as Kathleen.
Kathleen credits her success in being ASP triple‐certified (Children’s Etiquette, Corporate Etiquette, and Manners for 3, 4 & 5 Year Olds). “I am well‐versed and capable to teach all age groups and customize programs.”
In addition to Kathleen Cover, our graduate, Ann White, President of The Cardinal School of Etiquette, has been making quite a name for herself as a volunteer. Ann is from Knoxville, Tennessee and received her Corporate Etiquette Certification in 2014 and her Children’s Etiquette Certification in 2015.
At an early age she learned quite a bit about law enforcement and giving back to the community from her grandfather who was the chief of police and from her other grandfather who was the mayor of the town.
Ann attended the Knoxville Police Department's Citizens Academy and enjoyed it so much that she wanted to contribute more to the cause. She became the civilian volunteer coordinator, along with a police officer, and together created a volunteer program. Today, VIPS, is still thriving across the country.
Ann has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Knoxville Police Department and is the only person to ever receive this award, among countless other awards. In January, 2015, she took over the coordinator's position of the alumni association. In asking Ann what drives her to give back, she stated, “I have a constant need to aid and assist our local first responders. Some people do not appreciate these professionals until they actually need them. It has been a wonderful experience and an honor to work and help these fine citizens of my community.”
Ann has taken the information that she received during her certification along with her passion for volunteering and found a way to give back to those who serve her community selflessly. She currently coordinates for the Knoxville Police Department Citizens Academy Alumni Association and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Knoxville golf tournament.
In order to build up community and one another, it is important to educate and volunteer. Here at ASP, we not only prepare teachers on how to create their own business, but we provide them with the teaching tools necessary to help others.
Ann and Kathleen are among numerous ASP graduates who give back to their communities. Our goal is to spread kindness, thoughtfulness and consideration everywhere. We are honored to have such an amazing group of individuals who are making positive changes in so many different lives.
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