Jeff Yalden Touches Hearts at Corry High School

A heartwarming photo of Jeff and a student, whom made his day “all the more worth it."

A heartwarming photo of Jeff and a student, who made his day “all the more worth it.”

On Tuesday, February 26, International Youth Motivational Speaker and Teen Life Coach Jeff Yalden had the chance to touch the hearts of the students at Corry High School in Pennsylvania.  He hosted two separate hour-and-a-half assemblies and a workshop with students from all grades 7 through 12.  He described being invited as an “awesome honor,” and none of it could have been possible without the work of one girl.

Jeff speaks with the students of Corry HS.

Jeff speaks with the students of Corry HS.

Morgan Woodin, a senior at Corry High School, was inspired by Jeff’s message during Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, a summer leadership program that had over 1650 students last year.  Knowing the impact that his words could have on the students of her school, she went about raising the full amount, entirely on her own, to bring Jeff to her school.  She went to various school organizations and clubs asking for donations.  In addition, she held events in her school’s cafeteria to raise funding.

Jeff describes Corry High School as a “great, great, incredible school.”  The students there were amazing, touching his heart as much as he touched theirs.  The students asked many heartwarming questions during his workshop.  One girl asked a particular question that touched Jeff deeply.  She looked at him and asked, “Do you realize the power that you have in your words that affect the kids that you speak to in such an incredible way?”

Jeff was moved by this comment and replies, “I do what I do because I love what I do.  I love speaking to the kids, and to have the honor and privilege of impacting these kids in the way in which I do is just really touching.”

Jeff gives a shout out to Morgan, without whom his visit would have been impossible.  As Jeff stated, “She worked so hard to create this opportunity to bring me to her fellow students.”  Both Jeff and the students had an awesome day in which many hearts were touched.

Teen Inspired by Jeff Yalden

Morgan Woodin Brings Jeff to Corry

Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden touches many hearts at all of the schools that he visits.  His assemblies and workshops are like no other, as they get students excited and ready to participate. If you would like to bring the words of Jeff to your school, visit  Even if your school cannot fit it in their budget, there is nothing stopping you from going out and changing the lives of the students in your area, just like Morgan did.


Community Responses:

you were worth every penny and every effort put forth for fundraising. people at Corry High School will be talking about this for a long time, and that is all because of YOUR hard work Jeff!
- Morgan Woodin via Facebook

Tyler [student in photo above] isn’t one to be continually excited and “buggy.” You definitely must’ve reached him on a personal level because that bright of a smile is rarely occurs!
- Morgan Woodin via Facebook

Thank you so much for coming today! You really changed my life! I wanna give you a huge thank you!
- Rachel Volk via Facebook

you have touched many people today annd changed alot our lives Jeff. Thank you!
- Sasha Schmoke via Facebook

Thank you Jeff for every thing you told us today……..the message you were putting out there really opened my eyes!  It changed my life! Thank you!
- Amanda Culver via Facebook

@JeffYalden Hmm, a speaker that actually can get his point across? How odd, thanks for the great presentation today Jeff, we all enjoyed it!
- Tanner Woodworth via Twitter

@JeffYalden thank you for coming to Corry! You really are the best, glad i got a front row seat, even though I cried. Lol. #keepitup
- Jaynee Corbett via Twitter

@JeffYalden Thank you so much for your time at Corry High School today! I laughed, I cried, and I walked away with an important lesson!
- @_allysaj 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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