Jeff Yalden Visits Hunterdon High School, Teaches Things That Aren’t on “The Test”

Hunterdon High School

Hunterdon High School

International Youth Motivational Speaker and Teen Life Coach Jeff Yalden was invited to speak at Hunterdon High School in Flemington, New Jersey on Tuesday, March 5.  While his visit was simply intended to accommodate time while 10th and 11th grade students engaged in standardized testing, it was not just another placeholder assembly.  In fact, it brought much more to the 9th grade students than the standardized tests that their fellow students were taking.

As with most of his assemblies, Jeff’s assembly at Hunterdon lasted for an hour and a half and ended with the 750 students in the auditorium cheering with a standing ovation.  Throughout the assembly, students showed an array of emotions, laughing and being brought to tears at times.  At the end of his assembly, several girls needed to cry in response to what they heard and wished to speak with Jeff.  Jeff was thankful that he had the chance to meet, greet, and hug them after an assembly that had touched them deeply.

However, Jeff was deeply saddened that he had to leave so quickly after he finished speaking.  As he stated afterwards, “One of those things that I hate is being that speaker that speaks and leaves right away.”  As with both of his assemblies that I myself have attended, Jeff usually enjoys staying afterwards and meeting students that he just inspired.  However, Jeff did not have a choice on this day.  The school had a strict schedule of events for the three and a half hours that some students were testing, and Jeff did not want to be disrespectful because they had to move on to the next portion of the morning.

Motivational High School Speaker Jeff Yalden was sponsored by a community health organization that was shocked by how awesome the assembly went.  As with most outside groups that bring him in, the organization did not expect the assembly that they got.  They were simply thinking that he would be another speaker that took up time and spoke with students, but Jeff was much more than that.  He connected with the students in a way that they could understand and admire and because of this, many of the students became sad as he had to leave, wishing to hug him and thank him for the message that he had shared with them.  When they book him, most schools never realize how much his assembly will touch their students.

As with all of his assemblies, Jeff was “very, very grateful that [he] was given this opportunity.”  He is sad that he did not have the opportunity to stay with students after the assembly, but encourages them to join him on Facebook and Twitter, where he can speak with them further and answer questions.  Because he did not have the chance to speak with them afterwards, Jeff made a video for the students, telling them how awesome they were and how greatly they had welcomed him as a visitor to their school.

Jeff wishes that he could have spent more time with the students and believes that this shows the exact problem with standardized testing.  “[Standardized tests] seem more important than really teaching and giving kids that defining moment that we as teachers enjoy most.”  I completely agree with these words from Jeff, as standardized testing has taken much too large of a role in today’s society.  We have lost the idea of what is truly important: educating and motivating young people to become much more than knowledge alone can make them.

Schools looking for motivational speakers should visit for more information on how they can educate and motivate their young people with Jeff Yalden’s high school assemblies.  Teen Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden is unlike any other speaker that you have ever heard; he connects with teens in a way that brings them to both tears and laughter.

Community Responses

“Take Time To Think.” Thanks for the motivational words and speech you gave at my school, Hunterdon Central Regional High-school, earlier today. Me, along with many of my fellow classmates really appreciated it. Once again, thanks.
- William James Ogle via Facebook

Thank you @JeffYalden for giving such a wonderful, inspiring speech today. You truly know how to move people emotionally with your words.
- Ashley Taylor via Twitter

@Jeffyalden truly touch me today. He made me realize that I should make the best of everything, and enjoy it while I still have it.
- Jake Herdman via Twitter

Thanks @JeffYalden for coming to #HCRHS today, you know that you r a great speaker when you can keep 800 freshman listening for over an hour
- Mike Degen via Twitter

@jeffyalden You were amazing today. Perfect balance between funny and emotional. I’m soo glad you came to speak at HCRHS. Thank you, Jeff!!
- Lizzie Thompson 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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