About Us

Love 180 exists to be a voice of relationship common sense in a culture that seems to have forgotten it.

Erik Dressel’s Bio

  • erik bio picHusband of Judy, Stepdad of Lauren and Matt, Dad of Rebekah, Pop-E of Hayley, Lila, Jackson, Harper, and Heidi
  • BA Johns Hopkins University: Social and Behavioral Sciences (S&BS . . . heavy on the BS)
  • Member of 1984 National Championship Lacrosse Team
  • Volunteer/vocational youth minister and/or coach for 20 years
  • President of Youth180, Inc. since it’s inception in 2001
  • Erik Dressel and the Love180 Team have given the Choose Real Love presentation over 1,500 times in public and private middle and high schools, youth groups, teacher conferences, parent meetings, and colleges, and the response has been great.

    Joshua Rasch Bio

josh bio picJoshua Rasch has lived in Oklahoma, Florida, Maryland, Texas, Pennsylvania and currently in North Carolina. He has been to Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, China, Burma, and Africa on Mission trips with Global Expeditions. He went on his first trip when he was 16 and he started to help lead trips when he turned 21. Joshua graduated high school in Pennsylvania at Kennard-Dale where he received “friendliest” superlative. Joshua and his class went through the struggle of deciding where to spend the next few years of their lives knowing the choice would affect them forever. He ended up choosing the Honor Academy which he now says was one of the best decisions he has ever made. The Honor Academy is a one year internship set up to build character and leadership to prepare young people to follow their dreams and impact the world. Joshua graduated the internship and decided to commit two more years as a Core advisor and co-led a group of men and women. His last year at the Honor Academy he received the Relationship award. This award is given to those who exemplify servant’s hearts and who go to heroic lengths to meet the needs of others. Because of Joshua’s passion to see young people grow, he immediately started working with his youth group after the Honor Academy. While on a retreat where the group did servant projects for a young girls’ pregnancy center, Joshua realized he wanted to help guide teens to make more positive decisions. A friend introduced him to an organization called Love 180, at the time called Youth 180, and he quickly was made a part of the team. Joshua has been speaking and serving with Love 180 since Feb, ’08. He now resides in North Carolina where he continues to speak and make a difference.

Schools Erik has spoken at:

Baltimore County Middle Schools
Arbutus Middle
Catonsville Middle
Cockeysville Middle
DeepCreek Middle
Dumbarton Middle
Dundalk Middle
Franklin Middle
General John Stricker Middle
Hereford Middle
Holabird Middle
Lansdowne Middle
Loch Raven Technical Academy
Middle River Middle
Old Court Middle
Parkville Middle
Perry Hall Middle
Pine Grove Middle
Ridgely Middle
Southwest Academy
Stemmers Run Middle
Sudbrook Magnet Middle
Woodlawn Middle

Baltimore County High Schools
Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Catonsville High
Catonsville Alternative School
Dulaney High
Dundalk High
Franklin High
Hereford High
Kenwood High
Lansdowne High
Loch Raven High
Parkville High
Overlea High
Patapsco High School and Center for Art
Perry Hall High
Pikesville High
Randallstown High
Sparrows Point High
Towson High
Western School Of Technology

Montgomery County High Schools
Sherwood High
Northwest High

Private Schools
St Joseph’s Cockeysville
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Sacred Heart Glyndon
Bryn Mawr
Beth Tfiloh
Mercy High
Notre Dame Prep
Immaculate Conception
Shrine of the Sacred Heart
Maryvale Preparatory School
Our Lady of the Fields (youth group)
Archbishop Spalding
Our Lady of Grace
St. Dominic School
Cardinal Sheehan School
Perry Hall Christian
Redeemer Classical Christian School
Open Bible
Cambridge School
Baltimore Lutheran
The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
St. James Academy
Greater Grace Academy
St Paul’s School for Girls

CCBC Essex
Towson University
Wofford College CCBC Essex

Youth Groups and Conferences
City on the Hill Youth Leadership
Archdiocese of Maryland Convention
SHIP Conference
MAPHERD Convention
Grace Fellowship Church
Faith Fellowship Church
Har Sinai Synagogue
Timonium Presbyterian
Chinese Christian Church of Baltimore
Winning Choices Abstinence Conference
Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church
Lutheran Youth Conference
Virginia Beach Calvary Community Church
Calvery Community Church
Towson United Methodist
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Long Green Baptist
Greek Orthodox Youth Retreat
Church of the Nativity
Perry Hall Baptist
St. Josephs Cockeysville
Central Presbyterian

Parent Meetings
Perry Hall Christian School
Redeemer Classical Christian School
St. James Academy
Cockeysville Middle
Dulaney HELPS Coalition
Garrison Forest School
Bryn Mawr
Parents Council of Greater Baltimore
Church of the Nativity
Our Lady of Grace



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