schools/colleges/youth

Presentation Descriptions

Focus: Teens/Students/College Students/Professional Developments

Available in Keynote (60 minutes) or up to half-day (4 hour) trainings

Time to Thrive Type: Keynote 60-75 minutes

Audience: Students and youth groups | Ideal for: Plenary sessions, kick off weeks, motivation, and general student success activities

We are in a world where social media has so many youth focusing on looking perfect on the outside, instead of being good on the inside. The pressure has never been greater to "fake it". However, the studies show that mental health issues are rapidly rising so many youth are not being able to transition it from the "fake it" to the "make it" phase.

With so much emphasis put on appearing to be perfect how do young people properly deal with the challenges that are the reality of life? While many youth pretend as if everything is just fine, they can be carrying personal weights that will hold them down from experiencing their full potential in and out of the classroom.

This is not just a motivational talk. This presentation will take students through a truly engaging experience that gives practical tools and resources to help them break free from self-defeating behavior. Students will discover how their attitudes toward school and life will either empower them our sabotage their success. This presentation will give them the mindset and action steps to create a life of potential and purpose.

Students leave this program with a greater sense of integrity, values and personal responsibility for their lives so they care about moving toward worthwhile goals in life. Having students like this is an educator's dream!

If you are looking for an experience that will take students from surviving to successfully thriving in school and life, this is the presentation you have been looking for.


Look Up and Beyond Training for Student Success

Type: Workshop/training | Audience: Youth or Individuals who work with youth.

Ideal for: Leadership development training, professional development, and conferences.

What Other's Are Saying About Jessica. See Why Principals, Directors and Event Planners partner with Jessica to help their students overcome obstacles so they can win in school, college and life.


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This workshop will have participants creating a clear and tangible path to success such as getting into and graduating college, finding their ideal career path and how to positively give back to their communities by helping them look up and beyond what's been holding them back.

There is a misconception that many students have about the difference between who they are and what happens to them. Just because someone fails a test does not make them a failure. However, many students today have already given up on a hopeful future. The negative things that have happened to them become their identity. But what happens to them is not who you are.

Jessica learned this after becoming a rape survivor at the age of 15. She felt shameful and couldn't separate who she was from this horrible experience that happened to her. She felt invaluable and worthless. Since she felt this way, she acted accordingly. So many students have a negative experience and falsely think this defines them.

In this interactive, hands-on, and thought-provoking workshop Jessica shows students how they can get over their past pain and start taking ownership of their life starting today.

If you want a dynamic presentation that your students will hear and take to heart so that they can move beyond their past and look up toward a bright future, this is the program for you.

This program is designed to have students leaving knowing how to advocate for themselves and to inspire them to contribute to themselves and others.

Attendees leave this program discovering:

  • What really holds us back from achieving our goals
  • How to create power from our past
  • How to own our unique voice
  • How to rewrite our story to move toward an exciting future
  • How to create a plan of action that really works long after the training ends

Where Jessica Speaks

  • Educational Motivational Speaker events: School Assemblies, Teacher In-Service Programs
  • Middle School and High School Assemblies
  • Parent and Community Programs
  • Teen Leadership Keynote Addresses
  • Conference Keynote Addresses and Workshop Sessions
  • Teen Summits
  • Communities looking for a speaker for their teens
  • At-Risk Youth Programs
  • Teacher & Staff In-Service Programs
  • Mental Health Awareness Events focused on Teen Depression, Teen Suicide and/or Teen Suicide Prevention
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