Guest speakers are often used in school wide convocations on specific topics or in support of large group school counseling curriculum presentations. This page includes speakers on a variety of topics recommended by school counselors.
- What makes a good speaker: while they need to be capable of entertaining an audience, engaging them and inspiring them to take action when they leave the room., the right speaker depends on the specific purpose for the event and what you want to achieve.
- Q: I was wondering if anyone had any free resources for someone to come and speak to our students about the dangers of vaping, drugs, drinking, etc. Especially from a health/physical perspective
- Our county just formed a Tobacco Coalition and we have a tobacco specialist who is able to speak on those topics. I am sure that not every county has one, but she did say that her curriculum comes from the Indiana Department of Health.
- We used the free PowerPoint on this website. They update it with the latest information: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/
basic_information/e- cigarettes/youth-guide-to-e- cigarettes-presentation.html
- Recommendations for a free/inexpensive speaker(s) to present to students about sexual harassment and red flags in dating relationships, etc.
- Fair Haven has come to our school before. They do all levels but I believe they only service Lake County. They are a domestic violence shelter so maybe reach out to similar places near you to see if they do training
- Candace Balzano from Children’s Place might be a resource. She has advised us on curriculum and speakers. Candace Balzano <email@example.com>
- The YWCA in Lafayette did a good job for us last year:
YWCA Violence Prevention EducationYWCA Greater Lafayette is here to help empower through education. We provide violence prevention presentations to help the community better understand relationship violence and available resources. To schedule a presentation or training, please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Rachel Panizzi at 765-423-7029.
We use Catherine Dwyer (email: heartstrings21@
hotmail.com). She worked previously for Safe Passage, but after retirement still independently presents information on Sexual Harassment and Dating Violence to 8th grade students. The cost for the 2 day program is $3.50 per student.
Fair Haven did a tremendous job for us last year. https://www.asafeport.
I used to work for a program at IU Bloomington that did this for the college. I’ve contacted my old supervisor there to see if she knows of any groups that do this for HS students or if the college program is still running and would be interested in doing HS outreach.
Although not a presenter, I highly recommend the Safe Dates curriculum. We do have our local DV center come teach those lessons (Hoosier Hills PACT).
Most domestic violence service agencies would love to get into schools to talk to young people about dating violence. If you go to www.icadvinc.org, you can find out which organizations service your county.
- We have had MULTIPLE students in the office talking about nude pictures being sent around…Has anyone had a good speaker come in on this topic?
- If you’re lucky enough to have an SRO (Student Resource Officer), they should be able to proactively present something annually for your students. Also, most local law enforcements have a cyber crime unit and offer educational talks for school communities. Common Sense Media is also a place to get excellent classroom lessons.
- Stephanie Nancarrow, youth educator with Indiana State Police.
- A presenter for elementary grades K-4th who’s material aligns with what the state requires we teach [for bullying]: Matt Hart with React to Bullying is GREAT!! (Counselor Talk, September 2018)
- Nathan Harmon of Your Life Speaks spoke to our students. He touched on so many tough subjects-bullying, self-harm, suicide, drugs/alcohol-and for 90 minutes he held everyone’s attention. He spoke of his own journey, and the tragedy that resulted from his choices. His stark honesty brought some tears. His passion for this mission -saving our youth- is electric.
- We had Dawn Finbloom come talk to our Junior and Seniors on Friday, and she was awesome! Dawn lost her son at the age of 18 to alcohol poisoning. She uses her personal story to teach students about the dangers of drinking alcohol, how to notice signs of alcohol poisoning and how there is a law that grants immunity to underage drinkers if they are reporting a medical emergency (or a crime or sexual assault). Very powerful and it’s free! I would highly recommend her: https://www.indysb.org/make-
- If your corporation is interested in providing valuable (and quality) professional development in your community on childhood trauma and the effect on learning and teaching, I highly recommend Pete Hall. We extended the invitation to community partners that had frequent interaction with our students. This included the school board, extension office, health department, CASA, juvenile court agents, local mental health providers, sheriff’s department, domestic violence shelter, etc. Prior to the PD our staff completed a book study on a book he co-authored, Fostering Resilient Learners. This really enriched the presentation. https://www.
fosteringresilientlearners. org/Pete Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Elementary counselors: We have had The NED show for several years. This is an awesome convocation that is free. The company asks the school to sell products- yo-yo’s and bracelets to help other schools get the show for free. We just had it yesterday virtually and the kids loved it. Here is the link: http://www.thenedshow.com
- Your Life Speaks with Nathan Harmon was a very powerful convocation for our students. They are still buzzing about it, and I had a ton of positive emails and texts from parents who had children come home wanting to tell them all about the message they received.
- Karen Gedig Burnett (a.k.a. Grandma Rose from Simon’s Hook). Contact Karen at pub@GrandmaRose.com for more information
From Jenny Scott, email@example.com: We do the Jason Foundation Suicide Prevention Speaker with all of our sophomores and then on the last day we have Christina Crist from Team of Mercy speak to the students. She was here today and there was silence in the room for an hour as she spoke. She totally captivates the students with her story.Mrs. Crist shares the story of her 15 year old daughter’s suicide and what it did to the family. She is willing to travel to speak for mileage or a very reasonable fee (depends upon distance). I highly recommend her.Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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