Youth Motivational Speakers

Joel Penton is one of the nation’s top youth motivational speakers. Joel Penton has been speaking in public, addressing Middle School, Junior High School, and High School students for over ten years. During that time, Joel attended and graduated from Ohio State University, where he was an important football team member of the Buckeyes. While he studied at Ohio State University he played in three Big Ten championship teams, and was also a member of the National Championship team.


Joel Penton was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. During his senior year at Ohio State University, Joel was presented with the prestigious Wuerffel Trophy, which is awarded to college football athletes demonstrating exceptional charity and social service.

After receiving the Wuerffel Trophy, Joel decided to become one of a select few youth motivational speakers that offered positive reinforcement instead of cautionary tales. Instead, Joel focuses on discussing how making commitments and delivering on them, keeping your word, and not letting people down is the best path to take in life. By focusing on the positive and not the negative, Joel hopes that his message is received without carrying with it the stigma of being a potential model for negative actions and behaviors. Joel does not want High School youth to believe that they can make mistakes and then turn their lives around miraculously, hence his positive approach.

Joel’s message is well received among High School students and staff. An overwhelming majority of staff providing feedback have endorsed Joel’s assembly with an astounding 93.4% approval with 99.7% of them endorsing Joel Penton’s message believing that it could easily help other schools.

Joel believes that his message can help and inspire High School students. His message is powerful and his delivery is refined. He speaks to students as adults and educates them on the value of living a responsible life. For these reasons Joel is considered one of the best youth motivational speakers in the United States.


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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.