Speaking – Overview

“It was undoubtedly one of the most stirring messages ever delivered to our graduating seniors.”
– B. Gillis, Executive Assistant
Milton Hershey School, Pennsylvania

Jeff’s Message Changes Lives

Take Time to Think Jeff Yalden Youth SpeakerAs a youth motivational speaker, Jeff’s mission is to connect with teens and inspire them to break self-defeating behaviors and cycles and build a brighter future for themselves and others.

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’s passion and caring for teens comes through, and his stories encourage, inspire, and empower both teens and adults.

Jeff has presented for FFA, SADD, FBLA, STUCO, FCCLA, FHA, DECA, FEA, 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 have invited Jeff to speak to their students. Along with his youth programs, Jeff speaks to teachers, parents, and adult audiences.

Certified Speaking Professional CSP Youth SpeakerJeff received the highest designation “Certified Speaking Professional – CSP” from the National Speakers Association in 2002. This distinction has been earned by less than 7% of all professional speakers worldwide.

teen speakerSeventy million viewers watched Teen Life Coach, Jeff Yalden, on America’s longest running reality show, MTV Made.


Watch Jeff work with this group of 100 students, teachers, and advisors to perform the “Human Chair” – an exercise that requires every person in the group to trust the person next to them.

Your job is to find a youth speaker that will provide that ‘defining moment’ or that ‘Ah-Ha’ Moment! for the audience(s) you are inquiring about, right? Well, look no further, because Jeff has mastered the art of speaking to teens in every setting, every venue, to every type of teenager or young adult.

Where Jeff Speaks

  • Middle School, Elementary, and High School Assemblies
  • Teen Leadership Keynote Addresses
  • Conference Keynote Addresses and 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
  • Community and Parent Programs
  • Other special events

Jeff’s Areas of Expertise

Jeff is a professional teen 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, 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:

  • Teen Motivation
  • School Standardized Testing
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Suicide
  • Teen Bullying, Cyber-Bullying, Texting, Sexting, and Social Media
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Families, Friends, and thy Self
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Respect
  • Violence and Gangs

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

Igniting Positive Change

Jeff includes these topics in his message:
Youth Speaker Motivational Teen Assembly Speaker

  • 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 our 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 watches, Sing like nobody listens, and to live like nobody lives.
  • Forgiveness
  • LOVE of Family and Friends
  • It Will Be OK . . . It will ALWAYS be OK!
  • TAKE TIME TO THINK

“In my twenty-five years of education, I have witnessed a number of speakers and program for both student and staff. However, in that time, never have I experienced an individual who had such a positive impact of both groups. Very simply stated, Jeff took Manchester Middle School by storm.”
– K. Burger, Asst. Superintendent
Manchester Township, Lakehurst, NJ