A Beautiful Day in Eatonville, Washington


A picturesque view of Mount Rainier.

A picturesque view of Mount Rainier.

Last Wednesday, Teen Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden had the honor of visiting the students of Eatonville High School / Middle School and sharing his message with them.  Overall, it was a beautiful day to have an assembly.  The weather was perfect, and the students were ready to be inspired.  At the base of Mount Rainier, the town of Eatonville is that of which you would find on a postcard, with a picturesque setting and a close knit community of less than 3,000.

During the last two periods of school, the students of Eatonville had an inspiring session with Jeff as their teacher.  About 1,000 students crowded into the gymnasium, where they gathered around to have their lives changed.  Students of all ages filled the gym, with youths from 6th grade to 10th grade watching from the bleachers and juniors and seniors sitting below.

Image via Jesse Mustered, @jessman253

Image via Jesse Mustered, @jessman253

Jeff Yalden described this hour-and-forty-five-minute event as “riveting,” stating that he was “very impressed with the staff and students” there.  He had a lot of fun on this day and made a great connection with the students of a great school in a picture-perfect neighborhood.

However, the fun did not end when Jeff left for his next destination.  Students made their way to Facebook and Twitter, where they blew up Jeff’s feeds that night.  In response to the words of the students, Jeff replied, “I just find that really incredible that I am able to share a message with the kids that they feel necessary to respond to later.”

Jeff was honored that he was able to visit this community.  He could not have asked for a better day, as the students, the staff, the school, the weather, and the community were perfect.  Jeff had a great connection with the students of Eatonville, and his message will live with them long after the day that he visited.

If you would like to bring Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden to your community, please visit jeffyalden.com for more information.  After his words of wisdom, your students will be flocking to Twitter and Facebook to share what they learned with others.


Community Responses

Thank you for coming to Eatonville. I am not only an employee in the district but also a mom of 4 boys. 2 currently go to Eatonville High. All I can say is you are amazing with teens and I appreciate it. Great job.
-Crystal Clother-Keefer via Facebook

Thank you for coming to Eatonville.. You were very inspirational,powerful and funny:) I enjoyed your message.
-Shannon Gemmell Doltar via Facebook

Thank You for coming out. I really appreciated your look on student ethics and Manners. Was fun to be able to speak with you! Hope you enjoyed your stay at Eatonville High School.
-Oscar Trinidad via Facebook

I just have to say, your speech has made me realize that I shouldn’t take my life for granted. I got home and I hugged my grandparents and told them that I love them. I layed with my dog on his bed for 10 minutes, and I called my girlfriend that I’ve been with for 9months and told her that I love her, and that I would make time for her. You just changed my life and I thank you for that.
-Jake Kistenmacher via Facebook

I want to give a big thank you to ‪@jeffyalden‬‬ for coming up to EHS today! ‪#AmazingGuy‬‬ ‪#MakingADifference‬‬ ‪#SoInspirational‬‬
-@kasideexo via Twitter

that was INCREDIBLE. thank you sooo much for taking the time to come to eatonville.. i will never forget that. ‪@JeffYalden‬‬
-Emily Randolph via Twitter

‪@JeffYalden‬‬ Had the most amazingly inspirational assembly at EHS! Thank you, Mr. Yalden! You definitely impacted out students… and me!
-@Shibaby_T via Twitter

‪@JeffYalden‬‬ you made me have a new perspective on life thanks for coming to E H S today thanks
-@mike4612 via Twitter

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Author:Brandon Schmuck, Teen Blogger for Youth Speaker, Jeff Yalden

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” Brandon Schmuck is a senior class president at Rockwood Area High School. He is an ambitious teen with a dream: to change the world. He plans on majoring in electrical and computer engineering and gaining a background in speaking, writing, business, and the arts. He dreams of becoming an influential business leader and changing the lives of millions through his words and products. He is inspired by his parents and his two younger sisters to be all that he can. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar as part of his high school’s jazz band and hitting up the greens during the summer. He loves to write and express his opinion and is an active member of student congress, speech, and Future Business Leaders of America. Online, he has an active presence as a teen blogger for youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden, and operates his own personal blog. He enjoys having an impact on those around him and is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, SADD, and Spanish Honor Society, where he helps at local food drives and school events. Brandon was first inspired by Jeff’s words at Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, where he heard him as a guest speaker. After hearing him, he knew that he had to bring him to his area. Despite the small size of his school, Brandon managed to gather the funding to bring him, while arranging for a neighboring school to come hear him also. Jeff’s words had an enormous impact on his school; students there were inspired to live their lives to the fullest and make the right decisions. Every day as he walks through the halls, he sees the impact that Jeff’s visit had on the students, as many of them continue to carry his messages with them by wearing his t-shirts. Prior to Jeff’s visit, Brandon published an article on his personal blog and his school’s website, describing what he had heard during Jeff’s speech at PFEW and how he managed to raise the funding for his visit. After reading it, Jeff hired Brandon as a teen blogger. Brandon admires the impact that Jeff has on others and hopes to someday carry the same impact himself.

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