Jeff Yalden Kickstarts March with Montana Students


Conrad HS’s newly transformed auditorium

Over the past week, International Youth Motivational Speaker and Teen Life Coach Jeff Yalden spoke with the students of two high schools in Montana, where he inspired them with life-changing words.  He began his time in Montana last Friday, March 1, at Cut Bank High School, where he spent most of his weekend.  He then inspired the students of Conrad, a nearby high school that partnered with Cut Bank to bring Jeff to their school.

Jeff was brought to Cut Bank by Principal Peter Hamilton.  He had received a recommendation from Student Council President Josie, who had discovered him after some online research.  The two hour program was held in the auditorium, where Jeff left a real impact on the students of Cut Bank. Jeff then spent the weekend accompanying Principal Hamilton at the school’s basketball sectional tournament.  It consisted of over ten games, all of which Jeff greatly enjoyed.


The library at Cut Banks HS, complete with a beautiful chess board

After having an awesome weekend watching the basketball tournament, Jeff then visited with the students of Conrad High School, where he was invited by Principal Ken Larson.  Unfortunately, the middle school students were not able to attend the program because of standardized testing.  In my eyes, it is unfortunate that the students missed an assembly that would have taught them real-life skills for testing.  However, Jeff was still able to speak with the 200 students from 9th through 12th grade.  He spoke in their brand-new auditorium, which was previously their gymnasium.  It had undergone a million dollar renovation to bring it to the beautiful auditorium that it is today.

Before Jeff spoke with the students of Conrad, Principal Larson gave him an inside tour of the school.  After seeing it, Jeff describes Conrad as “one of those great schools with old school kind of values, pride, and spirit.”  The community of Conrad is a close one, as it helped to fund various projects, such as the construction of the wrestling room, weight room, and a beautiful shop. Despite the fact that they are an extremely small school, their close-knit community has helped them to gain a lot of things that much larger schools on the East Coast cannot even afford.

Both Jeff and the students had an amazing time, and Jeff reminisces about his visit, stating, “I got to spend four beautiful days in Montana and got to speak to some great kids, staff, and two real awesome schools that are doing some really great things.”

The words of Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden stick with all of the students that he speaks with.  To bring his message to your area, please visit for more information.  If possible, you may even be able to partner with another local school, inspiring twice as many students, while lowering the price for both schools.

Community Responses

Thank you so much for coming to Conrad and speaking. I know you helped change alot of live today. Thank you
- Kyle Dyrud via Facebook

Thank you for taking out time to come to little Cut Bank, Montana!! :)
It was awesome, and made my day better.
Thank you. :)
- Kaitlyn Frith via Facebook

Thank you for coming to CBHS. I can’t wait to read your book.
- Brant Hagen via Facebook

@JeffYalden Heard you talk this morning at #ConradHS than read the book… amazing! Easily the best speaker that i’ve ever heard!
- Logan Wedum via Twitter

@JeffYalden listening to you speak was a great way to end the school day. Thanks for coming to #cbhs!
- Rose G via Twitter


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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