One of the Youth Speakers that Stands Out

Many schools bring in motivational youth speakers to speak to a general assembly to help students. The purpose of the assemblies are to bring students together, to motivate them, and to help them make choices that won’t harm or endanger their potential future. One such problem many schools face in bringing in motivational youth speakers is the impact of aversion storytelling, where the speaker discusses at length the bad decisions they have made in life that ultimately led to numerous catastrophic consequences. Usually the speakers will then go on and explain their actions in overcoming the self-imposed adversity.

 Joel finds this approach to be counterproductive and his assemblies are a testament to making good decisions with positive outcome. One of the major reasons why Joel doesn’t endorse negative reinforcement of decisions is that he fears that the stories can impact and persuade High School students to make bad decisions that could them in trouble with the school’s administration, their families, and worse yet, the law and legal system. He believes that youth speakers that tell such stories are actually sending out the wrong message as their very presence is a testament that problems and situations they create are not permanent, can be easily dealt with, and even turned to profit in their future. This is against the very message that Joel presents, and is the primary reason why his assemblies are geared toward taking responsibility now and making active, good decisions.

Joel has been a motivational youth speaker for over a decade, bringing his messages to Middle School, Junior high School, and High School. Joel graduated from Ohio State University. During his studies and tenure at Ohio State University he played for the Buckeyes and was a member of three Big Ten championship teams, including the National Championship team. During his senior year at Ohio State University Joel received the Wuerffel Trophy, which is awarded to exceptional college football players that demonstrate humanitarian values and public service outside of the field and classroom.


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Stand your ground.  Don't back down.

What does it mean to stand your ground? People today are
constantly making commitments and breaking them.  Look at
divorce rates, credit card debts, New Years's resolutions... and
the list of unfulfilled promises goes on.  It it even possible to
keep our commitments?

Stand your ground,  Don't back down.

Joel Penton says, "Yes it is possible" - he knows from
experience.  Like most of your students, Joel was put into
situations in middle school and high school where it would
have been easy to compromise and break his commitments.
However, he chose to rise above the pressure and keep the
committments he made in school, in football, and in life.

Stand your ground.  Don't back down.

Joe will say that it takes character, it takes will, and the road
will be hard.  But his personal experience is proof that ordinary
people can accomplish great things by simply following through
with the commitments they have made.  Your students will be
inspired and reminded of the importance of not just making
committments, but also keep those commitments.

Don't back down.  Stand your ground.