Youth Speaker Creates “WOW” Effect at Newfield High School

Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden

On April 18, 2012, Newfield High School experienced renowned teen and youth motivational speaker Jeff Yalden create the “Jeff Yalden Experience” for the juniors and seniors in a one hour and 45 minute high school assembly.

The school assembly started early as the students filed into the gymnasium a little earlier than expected.  Jeff was ready to mesmerize them.

After the introduction, Jeff started speaking and the students gave him their full attention.  Until, a few minutes into the high school assembly when a few students wanted to create a “Laugh at me as I make fun of the speaker” moment.  Jeff Yalden is a veteran youth speaker and has addressed audiences from San Salvador to Northern Canada and Japan to Munich, Germany.  No audience surprises Jeff and Jeff can handle any type of student or school assembly mishap that comes his way.

Jeff called a “Time Out” and addressed the four students before asking them to leave.  Then, Jeff addressed and got “REAL” with the 900 students.  That is when the students really came to respect Jeff and Jeff respected them back for giving him the opportunity to address them and be real with them.

Here is what the Assistant Principal said in an email to Jeff today:

“I can’t thank you enough for the inspiring and moving presentation today. You are THE MAN!!!! Attached is one of the many teacher emails I received about it. Many teachers are asking for your email so they, as well, can reach out and thank you. Are you okay with my giving it to some staff members? Should they contact you through your website?

Again, many thanks. The kids are still talking about it and I’m sure they will be for quite some time.  A couple of the kids we kicked out came in apologizing and were asking how to contact you to apologize. Should they go through your email as well?

Again, Jeff, many thanks! You had a major impact on many of our students’ lives today who NEEDED to be inspired and moved. You were a huge success at Newfield High School.


Scott Graviano
Assistant Principal
Newfield High School
145 Marshall Drive
Selden, NY 11784
(631) 285-8370

Hi Scott,

“I have to tell you that I have seen many assembly programs in the twelve years that I have been here. Today’s presentation was by far one of the best. There are many reasons why this was the best presentation- it is because of the students’ feedback and reactions to the experience. My students are more than moved. They could not stop talking about how inspired and impacted they were. They felt so much. They remembered everything. They listened. I have a challenging group this year (especially my 5th period class) and they were so excited and motivated by all that he shared. I am having all of my classes write a letter to Mr. Yalden as an assignment and I would like them sent to him. This was one of the first times my kids could not stop writing. This was more than a “teachable” moment.

I just wanted you to know the impact of this presentation. I can’t say thank you enough!


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Author:Jeff Yalden, Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Life Coach. Since 1992, Jeff Yalden has been mesmerizing audiences with his engaging style and passion. Jeff is a story-teller that every where he speaks, he guarantees he is real and in the moment, perfect for every audience. He is one of a kind. He's interactive and nobody pours as much energy and passion into their programs that Jeff does. Guaranteed, Jeff will be a defining moment and a highlight of your students lives.

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