"Motivating over 1/4 million students is not just a number. It's a living, breathing, generation with success and failure on its mind. I meet these teens face to face, I hear their cries, and I promise to be their voice. With "RISE UP" becoming the anthem of the day, we must go beyond the recording studio to every school in our nation. We must pull out all the stops, and give our teens the tools to live and not die. With a growing effort to impact thousands annually, we will continue to accept this challenge and expand this message of hope to every community." - Billy Ballenger