About Honor Park

Honor Park is a non-profit oganization out of Redwood City, Califoria that creates character building media and hands-on-experiences for youth and their parents. Honor Park explores and focuses on the forgotten topics of honesty, chivalry, nonviolence, useful skills, and strength.

The Honor Park Board

Andrew Redford Young
Chairman

Andrew Redford Young is a filmmaker and video game creator. He graduated in animation and began his career at Xbox making video games. He went on to work at DreamWorks Animation making feature animated films such as Madagascar III and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. While at DreamWorks Andrew honed his skills, worked with some of the greatest artists, and began making his mark in the entertainment industry. He is now heading up Honor Park to create entertaining media that builds character. Andrew is an old soul who loves working with his hands and constantly beatboxes. He lives in the Bay Area, south of San Francisco with his sweetheart Arica, sons Taj & Rockwell, and stubborn but lovable dog Hippo.

Megan Martin
Secretary

Megan Martin is an English literature, language arts educator who has taught in both public and charter schools in California, Texas and Utah. Aside from her profession as an educator, she is also the mom to three little boys ages 7, 5 and 2 and wife to one incredible husband. She loves to teach guitar lessons and go for a run when she has a spare minute. Of Honor Park, she says, "My personal research in the past years has been focused on how children and teens can benefit from mentorship and character education, ideally at home but also at school. There is a lack of available resources for this really susceptible age of kids, which is where Honor Park will enter. I am so glad to be working with Andrew to build Honor Park into a true resource for educators and parents."

Brad Sawaya
Treasurer

Brad Sawaya started his career at Earnst & Young doing financial audits in the San Francisco Bay area.  He is currently an Accounting Manager for EMC’s Cloud division—a multinational, billion dollar technology corporation.  A father of two, he is concerned about today’s youth and is passionate about helping them succeed.  Brad enjoys working with his local Boy Scout troop, fly fishing, skiing, and playing basketball.

Clay Olsen
Board Member

Clay Olsen is a creative and passionate filmmaker, public speaker, writer, and entrepreneur. In 2010 he co-founded Fight the New Drug (www.fightthenewdrug.org), a youth activist movement dedicated to raising awareness on the harmful effects of pornography and sexual exploitation through science, facts, and personal accounts. Since then they've been featured on ABC Nightline, ABC News, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Blaze, The Daily Dot, and the Dr. Drew Show. Clay has presented to over 300 schools and tens of thousands of teens all over the country and has been instrumental in the development of a teen recovery program called Fortify (www.fortifyprogram.org) that is impacting tens of thousands. Clay currently sits on several non-profit boards and is committed to using his skills and talents to make a difference in the world.

The Honor Park Story Told by Andrew:

The first time I laid eyes on Redford the Great Sequoia, I knew something awesome like a half-pipe had to be built underneath it.

There was something special about this yard. Every time I went out there I sensed something unusually magical about it like an ancient city was under it, or dinosaur bones, or a chest with old game consoles in it. But all I ever found out there was a nasty old fork with a few bent prongs. How does a fork even get so mangled? Who does that?

During this same time I was spending tons of quality time with youth in Scouting, at the skate parks, and teaching lessons on how to make video games and cool art. I enjoyed my time with youth. They are so fun to hang out with, and I found that we liked most of the same things: making stuff, movies, and eating. Young people tell things how they are and don't hold back. They're honest. I started to see how smart, detail oriented, dynamic, capable, hilarious, and strong they were. My admiration and respect for them peaked. Young buddy reading this, I hope you think as highly of yourself as I think of you. You rule! Gimme a high-five through the glass for being awesome!






A contributing factor to all of this is that I had been working in the video game industry as well as the film industry, which was super rad, but I saw some very concerning things in how games and movies were being made and what was being put into them. Particularly ones made for young people.

I started asking myself, how is this stuff affecting my young buddies? As I interacted with young friends I could tell by the things they brought up that they were confused by the half truths and misrepresentations on the internet, youTube, TV shows, games and movies. This confusion related to important topics like girls, fame, worth, and violence. I was constantly needing to intervene to explain the full story about things. I was having to explain the context that tv shows were conveniently leaving out and that games were falsely glamorizing. When it came down to it, young dudes were getting shafted by adults making media. Young people were not getting the respect they deserved!

I realized that my young buddies could use a show just for them. Not something for toddlers, and not something boring, but something that was good and that they'd enjoy watching. I had all of the skills and know-how to do it, and if there was something I didn't know how to do, I would figure it out or ask a young person how.

A slow building and powerful urge dawned on me; I could take the awesome magical powers of my yard and combine them with my admiration for young people to make a sweet show just for my young buddies! I had the perfect set in my mind that would incorporate sports and extreme sports, games and video games, a place for making stuff like animation, and of course, a place for learning sweet skills. Above all, it could be a place where I could properly present Honor. Pause for reverence. Double pause for more. I could present what Honor is and how it's relevant in the modern world. Yeah! It's alive! It's alive! Ha, haha ahahha hhahah... Sorry, too far with the weird laughing.

It was time to take action. I knew that the young people of America, and our world, deserved an epically awesome show! They had been waiting, but didn't know it, and I was ready to make it happen. I grabbed a pencil, some paper, and some drumsticks and began to plan it all out. That's when Honor Park the show was born. Ahhhhhhhh (awesome choir sound). Most stories end with an ending. This story ends with the beginning. This is only the beginning of what's ahead. Let's do this!

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The Honor Park Show

Honor Park is a show for youth about Honesty, Chivalry, Nonviolence, Useful Skills, and Strength.























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