Jeff Yalden Motivates Moorestown HS Students, Despite the Circumstances

Jeff Motivates Moorestown

The Moorestown HS Gymnasium

Some days, no matter how badly you want something to go perfect, the odds just seem out of your favor, and making something good out of the circumstances can be very difficult.  This is the kind of day that Youth Motivational Speaker and Teen Life Coach Jeff Yalden experienced during his visit to Moorestown High School in New Jersey on Thursday, March 28.  However, despite this, he managed to still deliver his message and change lives on this day.

Unfortunately, March 28 did not turn out to be a good day to plan an assembly.  For one, it was the last day before Easter and spring break, and students were eager to leave the school for their long-awaited vacation.  To make matters even worse, it coincided with senior skip day, which any high school senior knows holds the importance of a holiday.  The two assemblies had a total of 1,400 people, but only about 1,000 kids were in school, as seniors were out celebrating.  However, after discovering that skipping would play a role against them in their senior trip, they began to flood back to the school.

Image via @ashleeeyy_287

Image via @ashleeeyy_287

In addition to the unfortunate date choice, the gymnasium was not an ideal place to hold an assembly.  Jeff had to speak here, as another speaker was using the auditorium for a PowerPoint presentation.  To make matters worse, there were several interruptions with announcements and preparations for an afternoon program.

However, while these circumstances would be many speakers’ worst nightmare, Jeff Yalden made the most of his day, still managing to deliver his message and change the lives of those sitting in the gymnasium.  The students were a great crowd, and Jeff was honored to speak with them. Moorestown had been declared a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, therefore having quite a studious population.  The students loved the message that Jeff brought to them and flocked to Twitter after his visit.

Like all of his visits, Jeff’s visit to Moorestown inspired teens and changed their lives.  However, it did not go perfect, and he wishes to acknowledge this.  He responds to this event, stating, “I think I delivered a good message, but, the reality [was that] it wasn’t as well received as it normally is. On a scale of 1 to 10, I think today was probably about a 7, when normally I guarantee the Jeff Yalden experience to be about a 10 out of 10.”

Jeff’s visit to Moorestown was a good one, even though the circumstances were not in his favor. However, while it was good, Jeff holds his assemblies at extremely high standards, doing all that he can to bring the best assembly possible.  On this day, Jeff spoke his heart out, but he could not control the environment around him, nor the conflicting schedule that occurred on this date.  He was honored that he had the chance to visit and greatly thanks the principal, Drew Seibel, for inviting him to speak.

Though he cannot control the conditions around him, International Youth Speaker Jeff Yalden does all that he can do to ensure that his assemblies are as life-changing as possible.  A visit with Jeff is a great assembly idea for high schools wishing to inspire their student bodies.  For more information on how to motivate your local students to greatness, please visit


What The People Are Saying

Jeff, you are the man. Thanks for coming to my school today. You are one hilarious and brave dude. Keep motivating others. TTTT
- Alfredo Viacava via Facebook

@JeffYalden your speech was great today at Moorestown at Moorestown. I just wanna say thank you.
- @Ayooo_Eli via Twitter

@JeffYalden YOU WERE SO GOOD come back to moorestown
- @trysomeoneELS via Twitter

That speech today! Made me think more than I ever have in school… @JeffYalden #inspirational
- Maggie Gurly via Twitter

@JeffYalden I hope that the people of moorestown will learn from what you taught today, you’re changing the lives of many, God Bless.
- Chriss Linn via Twitter

@JeffYalden was the best part about today, great stories, lessons and humor told by one of the best speakers I ever heard. #thanks
- Andrew Helfman 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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