Anti Bullying Speakers - Getting the Message Right

According to a recent study, one in five high school students reports being bullied in the past year. Cyberbullying is even more common, affecting 34 percent of students. In light of these statistics, it’s no surprise that many schools are booking anti bullying speakers to talk at school assemblies.

Assemblies present a number of unique opportunities. They can help your students build school spirit and give them a sense of community. This is particularly true at large schools, where students may not get to spend time together with the whole student body. And of course, assemblies allow you to instill a sense that the entire community supports the same values.

All of this depends on having the right message.

Anti Bullying Speakers Are Staying Positive

Anti Bullying Speakers Are Staying PositiveThink back to a school assembly you attended as a kid. Did it come across as cheesy? As a waste of time? If your assemblies were like most, your answer is probably yes.

Here’s the thing about high school kids: they’re a lot smarter than we give them credit for. And they have a sixth sense for when adults aren’t being totally straight with them. Like adults, they also need a positive motivation for doing the right thing.

This is why a lot of anti bullying speakers miss the mark. Many will talk about all of the things they did wrong growing up and end up by saying something along the lines of “Don’t be like me.” Don’t drink. Don’t smoke. Don’t use drugs. Don’t pick on other kids.

What these speakers don’t do is provide any sort of positive message.

Joel Penton does. Instead of telling kids what not to do, he has one simple message: follow through on your commitments.

Why Anti Bullying Speakers Like Joel Are the Right Messengers

Joel Penton knows a thing or two about commitment. He was a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes when they won three Big Ten Championships and was also a part of their 2002 National Championship squad. In his last year, 2007, Joel won the Wuerffel Trophy. This trophy is sometimes called the “humanitarian Heisman,” and is given to the college football player “who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.”

But Joel hasn’t always been successful. Like a lot of anti bullying speakers, he wasn’t very popular in high school and faced several struggles during his college years. He motivates students by candidly describing his personal demons, and how he overcame them.

Anti Bullying Speakers Are Making an Impact

Anti Bullying Speakers Are Making an ImpactDon’t take our word for it, though. We’ve gotten feedback from 408 teachers and administrators who saw Joel speak at their schools. Of that number, 93.4 percent said Joel gave a better presentation than they’ve seen from other speakers. 57.1 percent said his presentation was much better.

Students love him, too. A student named Amber said, "His speech was incredible. He really knows how to relate to teens today. He really knows what to say to make you understand how to deal with conflict, how to make a commitment and how to keep it."

So why wait? Contact us today, and we’ll find a time and date that works for Joel and your school.


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