Who We Are

Big Five for Life Gives is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Our purpose is to enable young people to discover and live their life’s purpose.

This includes something we call their Big Five for Life. Those are the five things they most want to do, see, or experience during their life.

To date, more than three thousand, one hundred and forty six young people have had their lives dramatically changed through the material taught in our courses. And with your help, we can help many more!

Meet our Team

Anna Ruth Vanlandingham

Anna teaching

Anna is an invaluable asset to the Big Five for Life Gives team. Her dedication to helping young people is inspiring to everyone associated with our program. During her twenty-eight years of service as an educator she was awarded among other accolades, the Florida Council on Social Studies International Teacher of the Year, the NASDAQ Regional Winner of Economics Educator of the Year, and the Junior Achievement International Teacher of the Year. Now she leads the effort for us in helping young people discover their life’s purpose. Her ability to connect with and inspire students to new heights is truly extraordinary.


John P. Strelecky


John is the #1 bestselling author of The Why Cafe, Life Safari, and Big Five for Life series of books. As the creator of the Big Five for Life concept, it has been his honor and privilege to help people around the world discover and live their life’s purpose. It was the profound and inspiring experiences he had while working with young people, which led to the creation of Big Five for Life Gives.


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