Motivational speakers have a true purpose in their profession – they motivate and change lives. But the story doesn’t stop there. A speaking engagement is just the beginning of a conversation when it comes to building bridges between kids and communities.
I’ve spoken to thousands of students and people just like you about the importance of positive adult role models in kids’ lives. I have several themed speeches that you may want to bring to your school or community group, but I love to prepare something unique to your school or group. I think it’s so important to start the conversation about kids’ value by talking with them, not at them.
I have several themed speeches that you may want to bring to your school or community group, but I love to prepare something unique to your school or group. I think it’s so important to start the conversation about kids’ value by talking with them, not at them.
Here are my speaking themes and main talking points for schools and community groups:
Three Keys to Prevention Workshop
(Appropriate for any agency working with at-risk students)
Trauma is often the root of bullying, suicide, and school shootings. Trauma is the mind and body’s reaction to an out-of-control, fear-provoking experience that disconnects us from all sense of resourcefulness, safety, or love. Detachment from meaningful relationships, love, and safety brings more harm than we know.
The mission of the “Three Keys” workshop is to create trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive communities by fostering a message of hope students, by education adults in trauma prevention and intervention, and by helping communities develop collaborative mentoring programs.
Key One: Get the Kids Talking & Give Them Hope
Steve gets real with students and talks about his troubled high school years. He tells about how a mentor changed his life and led him to find his life’s work. This talk often prompts great conversations for the kids and leads to a path of hope and change.
Key Two: Training Adults on How to Connect with a Disconnected Generation
In this valuable training for anyone caring for or working with kids, we unpack the factors that affect kids in trauma situations.
- How worldview affects relationships and education.
- How children’s brains develop
- How trauma affects the body and mind
- How to prevent childhood trauma & the keys to reversing childhood trauma
- The 4 C’s to emotionally connecting to a child/youth
Key Three: Helping Communities Develop a Collaborative Mentoring Program
Educators, caregivers, and therapists all point to mentoring being the single most effective strategy for getting students on track for success. Steve works with school boards, schools and faith communities to establish mentoring programs that work.
I Was a Kid Just Like You – (Appropriate for Jr/Sr High)
In this presentation, Steve gets real with the kids about how hard school was for him. He discusses his divided home life and his drive to get attention no matter what – even if it meant failing threes grades. He was looking for someone to take him aside and tell him that he was important and loved. That story began when he met his mentor. He changed his life. Steve was heard. Steve was understood. He found a purpose beyond being a troublemaker. This story is their story.
Prevention Through ‘Learning to Connect to a Disconnected Generation’ – (Appropriate for any agency working with at-risk students)
This workshop provides not only understanding and compassion for those who have experienced trauma, but also practical solutions and prevention through relational connection. This workshop covers
- How worldview affects education and relationships
- Healthy childhood development
- How trauma affects brain and body
- How to prevent childhood trauma and the keys to reversing
- The 4 C’s to emotionally connecting to a child