Jeff Yalden Connects with the Junior High Students at Central School in Kewanee, IL

On March 20, 2013 Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden visited Central Junior High School in Kewanee, Illinois.


Approximately 260 7th and 8th grade students and teachers sat mesmerized for over an hour as Jeff shared his message with them.

The theme of the program was “Social Emotional Learning” (SEL) and the goal was to help students become motivated to work towards success. Jeff helped to inspire the students to make good choices. In sharing his message, “About Life”, Jeff discussed character, integrity, responsibility, respect, accountability and more. Jeff encouraged the students to “Take Time to Think” every single day. He has a gift for connecting with students and he touches their hearts with his personal stories of struggles and success.


Jeff and some of the awesome students at Central School


Jeff was originally scheduled to visit Central School on February 27th. Unfortunately, despite Jeff spending over 16 hours in airports attempting to get there due to weather on the East Coast, his visit had to be delayed. Sheri Litherland, the teacher who had coordinated the event was incredibly understanding and we truly appreciated it.


Jeff with Sheri Litherland who had coordinated his visit


We returned to Central School for a Parent Program later that evening. More than 100 students and parents attended and Jeff was very pleased with the participation. Jeff encouraged the parents to be actively involved in their children’s lives and to support their teachers and school.  He discussed the “3 R’s – Respect, Responsibility and Relationships”.


Kewanee is a wonderful, small Midwest town. The community was welcoming and we really enjoyed our visit.


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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.

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