After listening to over 100K kids, there is one thing clear about the challenges they face when it comes to social media. They need to be able to talk about it. The good, the bad, the challenges and the opportunities.
Starting a Social Media Conversation is a program designed to stimulate a continuous, positive social media conversation between kids and the adults in their lives, led by the lived-experience of the kids. Many kids won’t report the bad things that happen online, because parents take away their video game, or phone, or Snapchat to keep them safe. Kids' Adults need to learn how to support and understand social media from the child’s perspective, and to create space to help with the negative in an effective manner.
Each presentation is tailored to be grade-appropriate for the challenges kids are facing. Ideally, in-school presentations are paired with a Parent presentation in the evening, to truly get the conversation started.
Coaching is an effective tool for kids who are supported in their mental health, but need help building skills. Youth Resilience Coaching is essentially working with a youth to help them discover resources they have, or can reach for, to develop a toolbox of skills to get them through the challenges they face. We select an overall goal at the beginning of the series, and then break that into small goals every week that the child is ready to, and wants to work on.
Coaching can also be effective for parents who aren't in trauma, but have challenges around parenting a child with mental illness, or who has just "come out", or are struggling with divorce and you want to love them through it but need some support.
Looking for a keynote for grad, or your upcoming event? Want a dynamic speaker who's invested in your event's success, will keep your audience involved, and not just leave them with inspiration, but also actionable steps? I'm available to speak on the following topics:
Resilience: From a shy, introverted underprivileged kid to a multiple award winning business owner and professional speaker, I speak on the choices I made, the failures and successes, and a "scared but doing it anyway" mindset.
Parenting and Social Media: The digital world our kids are growing up in presents challenges to us as parents, that no previous generation has faced. But focusing on social media and devices is the wrong way to go as we attempt to parent through this. The line is longer than that between our kids and what they do. How we are approaching this topic is as important, if not MORE important.
I also speak on, emcee, or provide moderation for topics on mental health and LGBTQ2+.