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“I am finishing my 9th year as an administrator in this district and my 19th year as an educator within this district. By far the most impactful person we have brought in during my time. And during a time we needed it most.” – Dick Keeler, High School Principal, Central Valley Academy, NY

High School Motivational Speaker: Real. Engaging. Memorable. Inspiring.

“Many of my students have said that Jeff Yalden has made a permanent impression on their heart.” – Troy Akers, Principal, Warsaw HS, IN

#1 High School Motivational Youth Speaker

Educational Speaker for High School Assemblies: Students, Staff Development, Parents and Community!

Since 1992, high school youth speaker, Jeff Yalden has been captivating school communities with his profound real life messages. He’s real. He’s compassionate. He’s brutally honest and delivers a heartfelt message with truth and humor reaching into the hearts of those present. So whether you are looking for a speaker for teen motivation or teen mental health, Jeff Yalden will be high school speaker your students and staff will remember long after the lights are out and the auditorium is vacant.

Educational Speaker for School Communities

How about a speaker for everyone?

Let’s engage your teachers and parents too.

Full day with your school

Jeff’s most popular program is a full day with your school community.  Students, teachers and parents.   

He’s the perfect speaker (guest) for your school community.


Teen Mental Health Speaker Jeff Yalden as keynote speaker fat a Mental Health Conference in Texas.

Jeff is fun, engaging, compassionate and leaves you feeling inspired!

High School Motivational Mental Health Speaker, Jeff Yalden Videos (Click Here)

“Jeff is the best I have ever seen, and I’ve seen hundreds. His style and his message transcend geographic or cultural boundaries and he has an innate ability to touch a young person’s heart and mind like no one I have ever seen. His message is one of celebrating what is truly important in life – family, personal integrity and making right choices.  Why he is so different from other speakers was best captured by one lady who told me, ‘Jeff talked to us, not at us.’” – Karen Musante, President, PFEW


Jeff tailors his high school assemblies to the theme of your event!

High school motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden is best known for his intimate high school motivational assemblies tailored to the individual school. He’s also renowned for teen mental health and teen suicide prevention, helping students and communities come back together from loss or tragic events. Three decades of experience working with school communities as a youth motivational speaker and mental health speaker.  Jeff doesn’t speak from a script.

Why do schools ask for Jeff Yalden?

Experience.  Compassion.  Empathy. Jeff can address audiences on many topics while being compassionate, heartfelt, engaging and speaking with empathy in a safe and effective manner. Recently, Jeff came to a high school to speak and 48 before his visit there was a junior who ended his life by suicide.  Watch this video of how Jeff built instant trust, created a safe space and let the student body know he cared. VIDEO.

Finally, a high school youth speaker who knows high school students

Jeff knows what to say in moments of crisis and he knows how to communicate with teens. Our youth appreciate how Jeff speaks with them and not at them. He makes our youth feel as if he’s talking directly to them individually.

This locker is what is left after a forever decision by a high school junior. The video on the right is the visit to this small mid-western school community.

“If the only thing I can take away from my high school experience is Jeff Yalden’s speech, I’ll be okay with that. Such an inspirational speech.” – K. Serafin, PA

 What Kind of High School Assemblies Does Jeff Speak On?

Jeff is the high school motivational speaker that is real and gives his all in every presentation.  This is one of the reasons why Jeff is the best youth motivational speaker and educational speaker for high school students.


Jeff understands how hard it is to find a high school youth motivational speaker that isn’t a dud. Someone that relates to each and every student in some way. Jeff plants seeds and within the first ten seconds your audience is riveted to his every word. He speaks on so many topics depending on why your school is inviting Jeff to come. Drugs and alcohol, choices, pre-prom, high school motivational assembly, teen mental health awareness, crisis intervention, teacher and staff development, bullying, cyberbullying, suicide prevention training, etc., Jeff has been speaking for nearly three decades in schools. He is comfortable speaking to students, teachers, parents, counselors, and community leaders.

You want a youth speaker that will bring a defining moment and inspire the students to think, reason, and act, correct?  This is where Jeff is the absolute best at what he does. Jeff coming to your high school is “AN EXPERIENCE!

“Jeff is a dynamic, determined and compassionate soul committed to the service of others. His soul’s work is one that many could never do and others may not acknowledge as necessary. Nonetheless, his commitment to helping teens deal with issues that are real, having conversations that are difficult and life saving is only surpassed by his humility and heart. Thank you Jeff for doing your soul’s work. Lives have been saved because if you and the world is a better place with you in it. – Maribeth McKenzie, Jeff’s Yoga Teacher & Personal Coach, Owner Inlet Yoga

Stop for a second and think to yourself, “Who are we going to bring that will make memories and give that ‘Ah-ha!’ motivational talk to our high school?”  Bringing Jeff will be safe, fun, memorable, and most importantly the students and the staff love Jeff.  Read Reference Letters.

Jeff’s motivational high school assemblies focus on one’s attitude and their choices in everyday life. 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.

His message encompasses: accountability, personal responsibility, choices, character, acceptance, selflessness, and can be tailored to your theme. Jeff speaks of his past mistakes and what he has learned getting to know himself through the years and learning to live as a man with mental illness.

Jeff 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. He talks about having a growth mindset and always wanting to learn instead of a fixed mindset thinking you already know everything.

“I have had you come to three school corporations and you made a very positive impact in all three communities.”   – Don Harmon, Superintendent of Schools, Indiana


He Connects. He Inspires. He Changes Lives.


Jeff touches hearts and changes lives in his high school assemblies.

That is what he does! Guaranteed to be rated the Best High School Speaker to meet with your  students.  He’s memorable and delivers incredible high school assemblies.

As a high school motivational speaker and teen mental health speaker for high school students, you can’t go wrong bringing Jeff to your community.

What!?!? What youth speaker gets centerfold in a school’s yearbook?

Top Educational Speaker gets centerfold in high school yearbook!

This school community in Devine, TX had a student suicide, inside the school.  School administration and counselors reached out to Jeff Yalden. 

Within a few weeks, Jeff came Devine, TX and spent two days.  Long enough to bring the school community back and to give them permission to move forward.

Students talk about Jeff for years after they meet him. They remember, “that high school motivational speaker named Jeff Yalden.

3.5 Million Miles as an Educational Speaker for High School Assemblies

Jeff started speaking in schools in 1992.  His first school was Apopka High School, Apopka, Florida.  Since then, he’s traveled 3.5 million miles visiting school communities and speaking on teen motivation and teen mental health.

Jeff’s high school motivational 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 listened to Jeff’s presentations.

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Watch Jeff engage with this school and the students. They’ve brought him back again and again. Here are more videos of Jeff (CLICK HERE).

“Jeff Yalden gave the best speech I’ve ever heard.” – J. Owens, PA

“I had to meet this man in person. I was blown away by the genuine sincerity of  this gentleman. I subsequently took his message back to all of my students and they ALL wrote messages to Jeff about inspiration and most importantly hope. He actually read these letters! And that simple but genuine act   my friends is what my brief time with Mr. Yalden gave back to me. Hope.” – Michael Bolin, Teacher, NM

The Best High School Motivational Assembly

Jeff promises your students and staff the best high school motivational assembly program your school has ever had. Your students and staff will be begging to have Jeff come back.

I just love giving hope to young people.

Jeff pours his heart and soul into his audience leaving them with a message they will never forget. Jeff’s powerful message, “About Life” and taking time to think helps your students make decisions affecting the next steps in their lives. His is interactive and heart-touchingtransparent and relative. His passion and commitment to youth is evident through the powerful stories that resonate deep into their hearts. When you bring Jeff to your high school for your next motivational high school assembly, you will hear how he overcame obstacles while finding himself in his darkest moments. Jeff makes a connection with your students like no speaker can. Jeff becomes that significant trusted adult and encourages youth to speak up and not be afraid to talk. He’s a beacon in the fog of what seems to be eternal youth. Jeff’s unforgettable message uses humor and drama to instill a sense of accountability, doing what is best for the sake of integrity, and treating others with basic human respect and compassion.

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

#1 Motivational Speaker for High School Students!  Jeff will make you a HERO, but most importantly he will deliver a motivational high school assembly that you expect.

“Still remember when Jeff Yalden punched me in the chest in our assembly. Probably greatest moment ever!” – C. Powell, PA

High School Students love youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden.

High School Motivational Speaker and Mental Health Speaker Jeff Yalden Touches Hearts and Changes Lives.

The Most Experienced Youth Motivational Speaker in the World

With his upbeat spirit and infectious sense of humor, Jeff specializes in High School Motivational Assemblies, Motivational Youth Leadership Conferences, Teen Mental Health, and Suicide Prevention for Schools.  As one of the top educational speakers in the world you can trust in Jeff’s experience to tailor his messages to your community.

Jeff Yalden speaks to your students on their level and in their language 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 educational year.

Jeff stays after the program ends to speak with students, sign autographs and just listen. Jeff will speak openly and honestly about anything kids want to discuss, from drugs, tobacco and alcohol to abstinence and relationships.

Jeff loves teens and the conversations they bring to the table, and he’s the adult and a trusted role model that your high school students look up to as a powerful educator.

Jeff speaks to high school students differently than he does to middle school students. Jeff’s gift is truly understanding how to relate to students on their level, regardless of age or social status.

Jeff doesn’t use flip charts or handouts, rather his message from the heart lingers on long after his presentation has ended.

Jeff’s Programs are age appropriate and can be tailored to a specific theme with advance notice. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to bring Jeff Yalden to your school for your next assembly.

“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


Listen to what a  School Social Worker said after Jeff’s Visit:

High School Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden talks to high school students about the toughest of conversations from teen motivation to a school being rocked by suicide. He’s transparent, compassionate, empathetic, and with nearly three decades working with schools and communities, Jeff Yalden is the safest youth motivational speaker you can bring into your community.