Students Take Time To Think with Jeff Yalden at MLK Leadership Retreat


@JeffYalden: Don’t let anyone take away your dreams, to 225 Waukesha middle schoolers @WCTC today. #leadership
-Melissa Graham via Twitter

Last Monday, January 28, Teen Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden spoke at the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School Leadership Retreat in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  This event consisted of around 225 students from seven middle schools and was held at Waukesha County Technical College.  During this event, the students were inspired by the words of Jeff and showed just how much they learned during their afternoon workshop with him.

In the morning, the students were led into what Jeff describes as a “beautiful conference room” to have their lives changed in the next hour-and-a-half.  The assembly was great, and as Jeff stated, “The kids were unbelievable.”

After hearing Jeff, the kids recessed to lunch.  After lunch came the activities that truly defined this event.  Jeff once again met with the students and had them engage in creating posters that illustrated the messages that they had learned that morning.

Students show just how much they learned with Jeff.

Students show just how much they learned with Jeff.

Jeff was truly touched by the posters that the students had created; he could not believe how much they had taken in from his assembly.  He responded by saying, “As a speaker, you know your message, but sometimes you don’t know what they [the students] take away.”  Jeff had the opportunity to read all of the students’ creations, and he was excited to see just how much they had remembered.

Students illustrate what they learned from Jeff Yalden.

Students illustrate what they learned from Jeff Yalden.

“It was truly special to know that we touched their hearts and changed their lives.”

Student Image and Response

@JeffYalden Thanks for coming!! I had such an amazing time!!!
-Savanna Kiefer via Twitter

International Speaker Jeff Yalden connects with teens in a way that most speakers cannot.  His message sticks with those that he visits long after they hear him or engage in his workshops.  If you would like to change the lives of students in your area, please visit for more information.

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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