"Carmine Coco De Young is a delightful presence.  She performs with gusto and a sincerity that embraces the serious and the comic.  She arrives with material carefully thought out and manages to exude a magic that attracts the listener, then comfortably compels that listener, an audience of listeners, to keep listening.  She takes judicious care of time, filling it with the useful, the theatrical, the inspiring.  An hour spent with Ms. De Young is an hour well spent, both entertaining and educational."—Peter P. Jacobi, professor emeritus of journalism at Indiana University and Highlights Foundation workshop faculty member

"Through creative drama, and relevant visual aids, Ms. De Young maintained the attention of our students, teachers, parents, and even grandparents! State-of-the-art methods of involving young children in this historical time make learning come alive for the audience…equally as important is her personable nature, making it a joy and pleasure to work with our inter-disciplinary staff."—Suzanne Terrio, P.T.A. Program Coordinator

"Thank you for coming to my school. You have energy, pep, and great spirit. Your book inspires many young people and your presentation blows people away."—Joey, Grade 5

"I most highly recommend Ms. De Young as a keynote speaker, a classroom speaker, and/or a breakout speaker at a conference…she totally captivates the group no matter what their age."—Dr. Darla Shaw, Western Connecticut State University

2010-2011 District 53 Division Governor of the Year, Toastmasters International
2009-2010 District 53 Area Governor of the Year, Toastmasters International
2008-2009 National Hobo Queen
2003 Seton Hill University, Distinguished Alumna, Leadership Award
1997 First Place Connecticut Press Club Award for Newspaper Series, “Heart of the Future”
1998 First Place Connecticut Press Club Award