Jeff Yalden Takes Time To Think with Kentucky Students

The students of Highland MS fill the auditorium.

The students of Highland MS fill the auditorium.

On Tuesday, February 12, International Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden spoke with the students of both Highlands Middle School and Campbell County High School in Kentucky.  He had an “awesome day” and made great connections with the students of both schools.

Jeff began his day at Highlands Middle School in Frank Thomas, Kentucky, where he spoke to around 700 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in what he described as a “beautiful auditorium.”  It is located in a gorgeous part of Cincinnati, and Jeff viewed it as a “great school with a great reputation.” Upon entering the school, Jeff was “greeted by a very warm reception from two of the student leaders and the assistant principal and principal.”  The principal of Highlands MS, Mark Getz, is the person who coordinated Jeff’s visit.

The theme of this assembly was “Take Time To Think” and as with all of Jeff’s visits, this one was full of much laughter and thinking.  In an hour and forty minutes, Jeff touched the lives of these students, sharing messages with them that would change their lives forever.  Jeff enjoyed the students of this school, as he thought that they were spectacular and was honored by the way they had welcomed him.

In the afternoon, Jeff made his way to Campbell County High School in Alexandria, Kentucky, where he spoke to 190 selected students.  This turned out to be another great assembly, and Jeff encouraged the students with motivation and focus to live their lives to the fullest.  These messages taught them to think before they act and do the right thing.

Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden had a great day at both schools and believes that he is truly blessed to be given the opportunity to impact the students of these schools and all of the schools that he visits.  Jeff connects with teens in a way different from any other speaker.  If you would like to change the lives of teens in your area, please visit for more information.

Community Responses

@JeffYalden is probably one of the best speakers and most motivational person ever. Thanks for coming to Highlands! I loved your assembly!
- Alexis Connor via Twitter

@JeffYalden Thank you so much for your inspirational message today at my school! You’re freakin’ awesome! #CampbellCounty
-Raven Massey via Twitter

you were the best today a highlands middle school !
- Mikey Whitford via Facebook

I loved it today when you came to my school (Highlands) I think your so funny and interesting. I hope you come next year
- Grant McManus via Facebook

Had the great privilege to hear Jeff speak to our middle school kids Yesterday and was so touched by his story! It was some of the best money our PTSO has ever spent!! Tears and laughter, filled the auditorium!!! I wish my oldest child could’ve been there to hear it!! Thx Jeff for sharing your heart with ours!!! You deserved the standing ovation!!! May God Bless You!
- Kim Balser via Facebook

Hi, im an eighth grader at Highlands, you came and talked to us yesterday, and i just wanted to say thank you so much. I think a lot of us, (including myself) needed to hear that, and i reallyyy appreciate it.
- Lydia Erickson via Facebook


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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