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Mesmerizing High School audiences since 1992

#1 High School Motivational Speaker in the World!

Real.  Real Life.  Real Talk.  Real Awakenings.  Interactive.  Engaging.

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Jeff will make you a HERO, but more importantly, he will deliver a motivational high school assembly that exceeds your expectations.

Teen suicide prevention expert and youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden, literally changes lives! This award-winning, internationally acclaimed man is one of the TOP motivational speakers for high school students, top speakers for teens, and top guest speakers for schools in America.

Jeff is passionate and enthusiastic, funny and serious (as motivational speakers for students must be in order to carry an effective and life-changing message), but you'll find Jeff has mastered the art of connecting to young people.

As a youth motivational speaker for high school (and middle school) assemblies, it is Jeff’s mission to connect with teens and inspire them to break self-defeating behaviors and cycles and build a brighter future for themselves and others. While speaking, his passion and concern for teens comes through. Jeff uses his ability to combine truth with humor in order to captivate his audience for 60-120 minute school assemblies. Throughout the assembly, Jeff takes his audiences on an emotional roller coaster of tears and laughter, ultimately leaving them standing on their feet applauding, as they self-reflect on their own lives while he gets personal about his own life: his challenges with his sense of self-worth, failing at relationships, becoming a teen father, and ultimately how he overcame his challenges and obstacles to make him the man he is today.

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Dynamic and entertaining, Jeff is chosen as a youth motivational speaker by schools, communities, and organizations for his ability to entertain teens while educating them about the real life challenges they face.

Jeff provides that ‘defining moment’ or that ‘Ah-Ha’ Moment! for every teen in the audience as he has mastered the art of speaking to teens in every setting, every venue, to every type of teenager or young adult.

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High School Motivational Speaker Teen Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Expert Jeff Yalden

High School Motivational Speaker Teen Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Expert Jeff Yalden

One on One and Small Groups.

One on One and Small Groups.

Outside the Assembly

Any speaker can come up with a 45 minute school assembly, but don't you want a speaker who truly cares about youth and connects outside the "Canned Assembly"?  Jeff's message is life changing.  He's engaging and committed to providing a message that connects with ALL of your students.

Real. Relatable. Relevant.

Real. Relatable. Relevant.

Parent /Community Talks

Jeff feels strongly that if he is going to talk to teens about mental health and suicide prevention, then it is as important to speak to parents and the community.  When Jeff arrives, parents show up!  If they don't show up, he's been known to stop by their houses.  Yes, he's gone to HOMES to talk to parents.

Real Talk. Real Life. Interactive.

Real Talk. Real Life. Interactive.

Motivational Speaking

Whether it is a gymnasium or auditorium, your students and staff will be riveted to Jeff's every word. You have to see it to believe it, but Jeff connects and your students will be on the edge of their seats. You will get two hours of engaged students, and your students' lives will change for the better.


Best speaker for High School motivational assemblies

Touching Hearts . . . Changing Lives!

High School Mental Health Suicide Crisis Intervention - Full Day Events - 15 hour day

Youth Motivational Speaker: Quick Clips with a Message

Motivational.  Inspirational.  Impactful.  Memorable.  

High School Assemblies with Jeff Yalden are Engaging and Inspirational.

Guaranteed to be rated the Best High School Speaker to address your students, Jeff touches hearts and changes lives in his high school assemblies. That is what he does! Whether you are looking for an assembly on maintaining motivation in high school, drugs & alcohol, choices & attitude, bullying, mental health awareness, or social media, Jeff tailors his message.

Effective motivational speakers are very important for teens in today's world

Jeff passionately delivers awesome school motivational assemblies because at one time he was that teen lost and confused. Jeff touches the hearts of millions as he shares his timeless lessons about life's defining moments. You want a youth speaker who is REAL and who delivers a message that gives listeners that ‘Ah-Ha!’ Moment! Jeff has become the most in-demand of all youth motivational speakers in North America, having captured the attention of more than 4,000 teen audiences around the world. 

The Influential Inspirational Teen Communicator

He's a memorable motivational speaker for high school students - They will remember him long after the lights are out and the auditorium is vacant.  For years to come, they will talk about high school motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden.

Jeff has the ability to connect with young people.  Teens have issues.  Jeff lived them.  Teens live in a different culture.  Jeff relates.  Teens speak, act, and dress differently.  Jeff gets it!

Jeff's real, honest, funny, and sometimes painful retelling of stories from his own life, together with his direct style, gets through to students.  He's a skilled motivator, a dynamic-straight-talking speaker who leads audiences through a hold onto-your seat roller-coaster ride of emotions and thought-provoking defining moments.


I can’t even describe to you how completely AMAZING the entire day was.  The kids absolutely LOVED him.  Even the ones that were complaining about having to go listen to someone loved it.  He was fabulous with the student assemblies and had kids lined up to get photos with him and speak with him at the end, and I was completely SHOCKED at how many of them bought his book . . . intact he sold out of books!!!!  There were so many kids especially the ones that I worry about daily that were COMPLETELY engaged.  There were kids that came up to me afterwords with praise for how much they enjoyed it.  I would recommend him a million times!!!”
— – T. Andersen, Nurse, GMG High School, Garwin, IA

49 Countries Speaking . . . Every State in America & Every Province in Canada

Since 1992, over 4,000 Live Audiences! That is Experience!

Jeff’s high school assemblies have been delivered in high schools from Maine to Singapore, Central America to Vietnam, Munich to Japan, El Salvador to as far northern Canada and all places in between. Millions of high school students and educators from all walks of life have absorbed Jeff’s elevating message “About Life.”

Jeff is a professional teen and parent communicator and understands teens and their behaviors.  Jeff’s popular message, "About Life", is tailored to meet your program needs, whether it be about testing, violence, bullying, mental health, suicide, suicide prevention programs/training, drugs and alcohol, respect, responsibilities, or attitude and choices.  Jeff will ask you to fill out a pre-program questionnaire to understand the objectives and theme of your event, so that he can tailor his message to meet your needs. He will deliver the message with the topics you are looking for.

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He Connects.  He Inspires.  He is Interactive.  He Changes Lives!

Defining Moments are Made in High School Assemblies

He will work with your high school students to get them to think, reason, and act. His assemblies are an EXPERIENCE, full of energy, humor, and drama. Jeff's gift is understanding how to relate to students on their level, regardless of age or social status.

Jeff Yalden speaks to your students on their level, in their language, and in a style they can understand and relate to. Jeff talks with his audience, not at them, delivering a message they will call a highlight of their year.

The Message the kids continue to hear is TAKE TIME TO THINK:

Jeff pours his heart and soul into connecting with his audience leaving them with a message “About Life” they will never forget. His mantra, take time to think, helps students make decisions affecting the next steps in their lives. Students hear one of Jeff's favorite metaphors, “Fill your Cup”, which becomes visual as it is expressed through Jeff's powerful stories that resonate deep into their hearts.

High School Motivational Assemblies: 

 Inspirational, Interactive, and Thought-Provoking!

Jeff cares about teens; He's guaranteed to be the best speaker you've ever had.

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You are looking for a motivational speaker for your high school students, right?  You want a youth speaker who will bring a defining moment and inspire the students to think, reason, and act, correct? 

This is where Jeff is the best at what he does. Jeff's coming to your high school is “AN EXPERIENCE!”

Even before Jeff comes to your high school, the kids know him. Jeff always does a video for your school that kids see before he arrives. Often, Jeff gets a standing ovation before he has even spoken.  Stop for a second and think to yourself, "Who can we bring in who will make memories and give that 'Ah-ha!' motivational talk to our high school?"

The "Ah-ha" High School Assemblies Speaker


The bottom line is that Jeff promises your students and staff the best high school motivational assembly program your school has ever had and your kids will be begging to have Jeff back.

a Motivational Speaker Who impacts, influences, & inspires

I wish everyone could hear Jeff Yalden’s speech. It will truly change your life.
— Parent, E. Scheidemantle, PA

When you bring Jeff to your high school for your next motivational high school assembly, you will hear how he overcame obstacles. Jeff uses humor even when describing his darkest moments. Jeff becomes a friend to students; he serves as a beacon in the fog of what seems to be eternal youth.  Jeff makes a connection with your students that is real and heartfelt.

Sorry . . We are trying to tell Jeff too much IMPACT can be detrimental to their well-being.

Sorry . . We are trying to tell Jeff too much IMPACT can be detrimental to their well-being.

With his upbeat spirit and infectious sense of humor, Jeff specializes in high school motivational assemblies, motivational youth leadership conferences, teen mental health assemblies, and suicide prevention training for schools.  As the most veteran youth speaker in North America, Jeff will inspire your students to be their own person instead of buckling under the weight of peer pressure.

The entire time you spoke, I was on the edge of my seat eager to hear more.”
— – R. R., Student

He Gets It . . .

Youth Speaker Jeff Yalden says Know Your Worth

Jeff stays after his program ends to speak with students, sign autographs, and just listen. Jeff will speak openly and honestly about anything kids want to discuss: drugs, alcohol, tobacco, prescription pills, social media, mental health, self-esteem, relationships, parenting, college, etc. 

Jeff loves teens and the conversations they bring to the table; he's the adult role model that your high school students can look up to as a powerful "Trusted Adult."

Jeff’s programs are age appropriate and can be tailored to a specific theme even on short notice.

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to bring Jeff Yalden to your school for your next assembly.

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Jeff has spoken everywhere

As an Educational Speaker, Jeff has presented for FFA, SADD, FBLA, STUCO, FCCLA, FHA, DECA, FEA, HOSA, and literally thousands of high school and middle school school-wide assemblies, The National PRIDE World Drug-Free Conference, National Speakers Association, National Student Council, and more. Even the SEARCH Institute, University of Michigan, and Notre Dame University, the National Guard, Milton Hershey School, many Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Juvenile Detention Homes, Allstate Insurance, General Motors, D&B, and The Walter Reed Hospital for wounded soldiers.  Many organizations and schools have invited Jeff to speak to their students, employees, and parents.  His message is well received by all.


MTV MADE Life Coach Jeff Yalden

Where Jeff Speaks . . . Or Where Doesn't He?

I've been privleged to travel all over the world working with teens, educators, and families. Here in Vietnam for three days teaching leadership and having fun with 65 student leaders. Although everything had to be translated it was still an incredible experience.

  • Teen Motivational Speaker events – High School Motivational School Assemblies, Teacher In-Service Suicide Prevention Training Programs and Online Course, Parents & Families, Suicide Prevention and Teen Mental Health

  • Middle School, Elementary, and High School Motivational Assemblies

  • Parent and Community Programs Teen Mental Health

  • Teen Leadership Keynote Addresses

  • Conference Keynote Addresses and Teen Mental Health Workshop Sessions

  • Teen Summits

  • Communities looking for a speaker for their teens

  • At-Risk Youth Programs

  • Juvenile & Youth Detention Facilities

  • Gangs and Gang Communities

  • Prisons

  • Teacher & Staff In-Service Programs Teen Suicide Prevention and Teen Mental Health

  • Teen Mental Health Awareness – Teen Depression, Teen Suicide, Teen Suicide Prevention

  • Disability Conferences

  • Other special events

Jeff’s Areas of Expertise

Jeff is a professional teen and parent communicator and understands teens and their behaviors.  Jeff’s popular message, ‘About Life’ is tailored to meet your program needs, whether it be about testing, violence, bullying, mental health, suicide, suicide prevention programs/training, drugs and alcohol, respect, responsibilities, or attitude and choices.  Jeff will ask you to fill out a pre-program questionnaire to understand the objectives and theme of your event, so that he can tailor his message to meet your needs. The most popular topics include:

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  • Teen Motivation

  • Teen Suicide & Teen Mental Health

  • Social Media & Smartphone Addiction

  • Mindfulness & Meditation

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Parenting

  • Alcohol and drug abuse

  • Self-esteem and self-respect

  • Violence and gangs

  • Internet safety


Through sharing his own story of challenges and success, Jeff instills ideas in teens about life and the wisdom and experiences we get as we get older, such as:

  • How to break self-defeating patterns of behavior.

  • The importance of self-respect.

  • Self-empowerment is about about our attitude, choices, and behavior.

  • Everyone is capable and worthy of achieving happiness and success.

Igniting Positive Change

Youth motivational speaker Jeff Yalden has addressed teen leadership and high school assemblies all over the country. Jeff is real and relates to teens on their level. He is interactive, engaging, and changes the climates of high schools in a matter of hours.

Jeff includes these topics in his message:

  • Character & integrity

  • Living with authenticity

  • Values, morals, and self-respect

  • Self-esteem & personal power

  • Responsibility & obligations

  • Relationships – family & friends

  • Leadership

  • Respect for yourself and others

  • Learning from mistakes

  • Choosing friends wisely

  • Overcoming adversity

  • Making positive choices

  • How the choices teens make today will impact their future

  • Changing how we think, how we feel, and how we act

  • Not letting our past determine our future

  • Our success in life requires positive choices and taking action towards our goals

  • There is life after high school.

  • The importance of attitude and how it affects our life

  • Attitude, Gratitude, and Acceptance

  • Don’t give people the power over your emotions.

  • We Never Have Time To Do Things Right, but We Always Have Time To Do Things Over ...

  • Happiness is HOW you live your LIFE.

  • Have the courage to dance like nobody's watching and sing like nobody's listening

  • Forgiveness

  • LOVE of family and friends

  • It Will Be OK . . . It will ALWAYS be OK!


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