Jeff Yalden Rocks the Chartiers STUCO Conference


Jeff with two Student Council leaders

On Wednesday, March 27, Motivational High School Speaker and Youth Coach Jeff Yalden spoke at the 2013 Chartiers Student Council Conference in Bridgeville, PA.  This event brought around 350 student leaders from Allegany County to Chartiers Valley High School.  This was a time for them to share their high school experiences and engage in workshops that discussed organization, speaking out, and including everyone in student council activities.  More importantly, it was a time for them to hear a speech that would change their lives.

The STUCO conference opened in the morning with several performances and the singing of spirit songs.  The chorus at Chartiers Valley performed, and Mitchell McDermott and Megan Henderson performed an acoustic piece.  Then, Jeff had the honor of watching what he described as one of the best dance routines that he had ever seen.  Dance Troupe took the stage and performed their emotional piece that they had competed in the UDA National Dance Team Competition with.  Jeff thought the piece was beautiful and admired the fact that they had dedicated it to the victims of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting.  Upon taking the stage, he stated that he could not believe the skill level of the dancers that he had just seen, as it was on the same level as professionals.

Prior to Jeff taking the stage, the STUCO leaders engaged in the singing of several songs, with which they showed their Pennsylvania pride, singing that PASC’s got the best and showing their love for PA milk.

Jeff Takes the Stage

Jeff Takes the Stage

I personally had the honor of attending this event, as I live close to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and drove out with a friend to see Jeff perform at this leadership event.  Despite the fact that this was his fourth show that I had attended, I noticed that each time, it was equally as exciting and interesting.  Jeff tailors his speaking to the crowd he performs in front of and in this way, he focused on leadership and the prospects of a good leader at this event.  He exclaimed that good leaders do not look for the interests of themselves, but for the interests of those that they serve.

Jeff Speaks With Students

Jeff Speaks With Students

As always, his show had much student involvement.  Most speakers confine themselves to the stage and only speak to the audience.  However, at his events, the whole auditorium is Jeff’s stage, and he finds himself walking from student to student, speaking with them and asking questions that make them question the way they live their lives.

I am honored that I had the opportunity to attend this event and am sure that the rest of the crowd felt the same way after hearing Jeff speak.  In around an hour-and-a-half, Jeff had taught the audience life skills that would live with them forever and showed them the importance of being a good leader and caring for those around them.  After his speech, many of the students crowded around him to comment on how they enjoyed his show and purchase his new book, Your Life Matters.

High schools looking for assembly ideas should visit for more information on how they can change the lives of the students in their school and teach them the qualities that a true leader possesses.  Youth Speaker Jeff Yalden has spoken in front of over 4 million people in all 50 states and 48 countries, and his message lives on with students throughout the globe.


What The People Are Saying

Great day at the #pasc #stuco conference and hearing @jeffyalden speak. Thanks for an awesome talk!
- Gracie Duda via Twitter

@JeffYalden you had such an amazing speech at the PASC conference. I love your quote. You are a true inspiration
- Morrin McEwin via Twitter

Thank you for helping me notice that I am as beautiful on the inside as I am on the outside. #pasc #girlinthewhiteshirt @JeffYalden
- @sky62665903 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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