CONNECTION. COMMUNITY. CHANGE.
The Hey, Blue! initiative facilitates moments
of meaningful connection between police officers and members of their
community by offering intentional opportunities for individuals to meet and share positive experiences.
Inspired by the extraordinary acts of heroism displayed by both individual community members and first responders during 9/11, EcoSchool co-founder, John Verdi, wanted to build a platform that could bring police officers and communities together with a shared purpose.
Connection-driven projects like Preschool Storytime and Selfies For Change are just the start of a larger movement designed to create an awareness of our shared humanity.
Commander, Melbourne Police Department with 30 years of public service.
Defense Attorney, activist, mentor, professor,
Founder of The Verdi EcoSchool, the first of it's kind Urban Farm School in the southeast U.S.
2019, 2020 Community award winning Police Officer from Austin, Texas.
Chariman of the Board, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Florida
Executive Board Member of the Black Student Union at Florida Institute of Technology.
Nationally recognized Corporal from South Hill, Va. Police Department.
Actor, Emmy award winning producer, activist
Head of Finance
Hostage and Crisis Negotiator,
Community Policing Educator and Researcher.
Dad, husband, runner, friend, actor.