While serving as a Military Policeman in the United States Marine Corps, Steven Seaton, witnessed his friend and patrol partner, take his own life because of the pain of parental neglect. Steven was gripped by the tragedy and faced his own personal struggles.
After the military, he was mentored, and trained to mentor others, by the Navigator ministry and The Christian Association of Youth Mentoring. Steven attended Liberty University and Luther Rice Bible College where he received his degree in Bible and went on to serve as a Youth pastor, Children’s pastor and interim pastor.
In 2006, he received a character award from the local school system for his work at the Alternative School and was asked to create a county-wide mentoring program. Steven has been recruiting, training and sustaining the IAM4kids mentoring program in the Lawrence County School System since 2006.
He was also asked to serve on one of 60 community AWARE grants awarded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) as the Assistant Director, where he was instrumental in training administrators, faculty, staff and students on the importance of mental wellness and incorporating free in school therapy for all students.
Steven has trained Lawrence County principals, vice principals, counselors, special ed and multiple school staffs in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adverse Childhood Experience. He is a certified instructor in both “Youth Mental Health First Aid” from the National Health Council and “Adverse Childhood Experiences” from the Tennessee on Commission on Children and Youth.
Steven has spoken to more than 5,000 students, faculty and staff in open assemblies since May 2016. He also developed a week long mental health curriculum where he taught more than 1,000 students in all three of his local High Schools. Steven also led group mentoring classes to more than 50 students daily in the Alternative School and Adult Education in my district and worked with 11 students as their mentor each week.
Steven is also an active volunteer in his community, serving as chair of his local Health Council and board member of his local Substance Abuse Coalition. In addition to his work with IAM4kids, Steven is a sought-out consultant and speaker for schools and ministries.
Please contact Steven via telephone at 931-244-0945 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are INSPIRED to start a mentoring program in your community, desire to INSPIRE your administrators or church on how to understand and connect to students who have disconnected, or INSPIRE your students with a message of hope!