How to Fund a Youth Motivational Speaker or School Assembly Program

Youth Motivational Speaker - Jeff Yalden

You have the idea of bringing in a great teen motivational speaker to address your middle school or high school audience.  You want a speaker that is dynamic and captivating, yet, real and relateable, right?  However, the issue becomes cost and with finding options becoming more and more limited, how do we get around having to pay for a speaker and travel costs?  Don’t let this be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.  Listen, most youth motivational speakers are willing to work with you to make it a win-win situation.  The bottom line is that we are all in it for the reasons of educating, motivating, and inspiring our teens.

Here are some ideas that you can use when planning on bringing Jeff Yalden to speak to your high school or middle school students.  We hope this helps and we look forward to the possibilities of working with your students and creating the most awesome high school and middle school assemblies you’ve ever had.  Check out today!

How to Fund Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden’s Visit to your High School


  1. Contact other schools in the area and share Youth Speaker Jeff Yalden on the same day.  Jeff will offer a special discount depending on how many schools are interested in Jeff for their students too.  When Jeff speaks to more than one school on a trip, you save money!  Just forward Jeff’s website – Youth Motivational Speaker for School Assemblies – or to other decision makers at schools or community movers.
  2. Check with your school administration for funding from the Student Body Fund.  For teacher in-service programs, ask about Staff Development Funds.  Administration knows about funding options such as Title I, etc.
  3. Integrate Jeff into your school’s theme for the year such as cultural awareness week, career day, Red Ribbon Week, Spirit Week, Testing, Prom, or Take Time To Think day (Ha . . . That is mine, but some schools have actually had a Take Time To Think day and invited me back.)  Depending on your theme, federal grant money might be available.  For example, Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) might approve a funding request for a speaker who incorporates drugs and alcohol prevention, sexual abstinence, tobacco use, teen pregnancy, gangs, crime and violence prevention.  Check with your school district or federal government offices to find out who is dispensing these funds in your state and what you need to do to apply
  4. Apply for grant monies from your state by contacting your State Department of Human Services and State Department of Education.  They can direct you to the correct office.  Check with Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, Criminal Justice Department of Department of Public Safety, Health and Community Agencies, Mental Health and Youth and Family Services.  A lot of times they are willing to help or know about funding for such programs.
  5. Contact your local PTO/PTA/Booster Clubs and other area schools PTO/PTA/Booster Clubs.  Have a well thought out plan and include others and they are more likely to want to help.
  6. Have student leaders contact local business organizations such as: Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Lions Club, Elks, Chamber of Commerce, and other business leaders.  Present your plan to have Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden come to your school.  Invite them too.  Send “Thank You’s” afterwards.
  7. Invite multiple clubs in your school to participate and help in a fund raising project.  A cooperative effort helps students come together and learn about the realities of time and efforts in making something happen in the real world.
  8. Make up Flyers requesting support and donations that say, “ABC High School is bringing in Award Winning Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Expert – Jeff Yalden” . . .  Go around and ask for donations and invite them to the event.  Invite parents and community members and tell them afterwards how their donation made this possible and how the presentation was worth it.


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Author:Jeff Yalden, Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Life Coach. Since 1992, Jeff Yalden has been mesmerizing audiences with his engaging style and passion. Jeff is a story-teller that every where he speaks, he guarantees he is real and in the moment, perfect for every audience. He is one of a kind. He's interactive and nobody pours as much energy and passion into their programs that Jeff does. Guaranteed, Jeff will be a defining moment and a highlight of your students lives.

2 Responses to “How to Fund a Youth Motivational Speaker or School Assembly Program”

  1. Holly Wendt
    April 7, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    How much do you charge for an hour assembly for middle school aged youth on positive choices and violence prevention. I know travel is separate and we live in Northern California. I just need a quote for the actual assembly time to begin with.
    Thank you- Holly

  2. July 22, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    I am sorry I am just receiving this. Total cost to northern California to speak is $5500.

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