Jeff Yalden Visits the Students of Ilwaco

Ilwaco High School

Ilwaco Middle – High School

On Thursday, January 17, Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden traveled as far west as he could to the small town of Ilwaco on a peninsula off the Washington coast.  He was privileged that he had the opportunity to visit the students of Ilwaco and described them and the staff as “incredible.”

Ilwaco Middle School is very minute in size, with around only 120 students, but the students there are a great crowd that were thankful that they had the chance to hear Jeff’s words.  Because of its small student body, there are only seven teachers in the school.  These teachers have to ensure that there is chemistry and respect between the students and staff, as they work closely on a day-to-day basis.

Jeff Yalden was invited by Joanna Peterson to speak to the students of Ilwaco.  When he arrived there, the staff members of the school were extremely welcoming.  They met with him at a teacher’s home, where they had the opportunity to greet, eat, and meet each other.  Jeff was then taken to a hotel along the coast, where he was given an ocean-view room.  He was grateful for the way the staff of Ilwaco had greeted him and made him feel “welcomed, warm, and at ease.”

The next day, the students were just as appreciative of his visit.  For a little over 2 hours, Jeff spoke to the 7th and 8th graders of Ilwaco Middle School.  He followed up the show with a workshop on character and integrity.  The students were amazed that Jeff had traveled across the United States just to be with them.

Jeff helps a student to tie a tie.

Teen Life Coach Jeff Yalden teaches a boy how to tie his first tie.

After the workshop, 41 students were hand-selected for a leadership activity.  In this event, students were given a job without the ability to ask any questions.  This workshop consisted of making them think outside of the box, work together, use effective communication, and figure something out without understanding every detail.  As Jeff states, “Life is about thinking, working together, communicating, and taking chances.”

Students Engaging in a Workshop

Students Engaging in a Workshop

Jeff had a great time in Ilwaco and wanted to thank the staff members and students for the warm welcome that they provided him.  He was grateful for the dinner and hotel room provided to him, but more importantly, he was grateful that he had the opportunity to have a direct impact on the students of Ilwaco Middle School.

If you would like for Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden to have a direct impact on the students of your school, please visit  Book him for a speaking engagement today, and your students will learn life skills that will stay with them their whole lives.

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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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