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Giving students a reason and a way to realize their leadership potential

From being a student leader and college mascot, to successful speaker, YouTuber and Harvard student, Josh shares personal and relevant stories with students on how to discover and attain their aspirations. His message invites students to reach deeper and discover who they are truly meant to become.

Heather Lorettano, Teacher
Paul Steigler, Teacher
Richard Noblett, Principal
Steve Thompson, Principal

Student Keynote: Dumbest Kid at Harvard

As Josh would clarify:“I’d rather be the dumbest kid at Harvard than the smartest kid at my local community college.” Josh inspires teens to reach beyond their circumstances by asking a 2 part question: what’s your “be.cause”? Students will explore their unique leadership style by identifying who they want to be and what they stand for. Josh draws upon his experience as a college mascot, Harvard student, and successful YouTuber to illustrate that a leader’s purpose is to instill purpose in others.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Give students a reason and a way to become a great leader
  2. Help students explore their unique leadership style
  3. Teach young students how to stand as an ideal for people to rally behind
  4. Provide students with the skill set necessary to be examples of a healthy and happy lifestyle
  5. Provide additional insight to what student leaders are capable of.

Elementary: You Got Served! Service Leadership Through Pranks

If you like prank videos, this is your workshop! Explore service-based leadership by taking a closer look at Josh Drean’s nationally acclaimed, service-oriented YouTube series. Instead of focusing on the negatives, this workshop shows how to focus on the positives all around us. Join students across the nation in creating a positive and safe school environment through the principles of Servant-Leadership. There will also be cat memes.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Empower teens to create positive school climate
  2. Create awareness around opportunities to serve
  3. Learn to stand as an example of strong character
  4. Be proactive in seeking random opportunities to serve
  5. Develop a basic understanding of empathy for their peers

Teachers: What Are Teens Thinking!? Bridging the Technology Gap

When students are held accountable for the way they use technology they are more likely to use it for good. In this eye-opening presentation adults are shown the ins and outs of a typical students’ social media landscape. They are given proven strategies to hold students accountable for what they say and do online and help students identify the positive and negative consequences of their digital footprint. Advisors will discover the YES (Youth Empowered School) model which empowers student leaders to stand on the forefront of creating a positive school culture, establishing a clear set of expectations, and holding students accountable for their online behavior. Advisors will gain a greater understanding of students’ technology use and how to guide them to become worthy digital citizens.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Gain an understanding of students technology use
  2. Understand how to hold students accountable
  3. Establish and easily understood code of conduct
  4. Set forth a guideline on how to use technology
  5. Have fun learning the ins and outs of social media

Parents: Defeat Bullying on the Home Front

With parents, Josh hacks at the root of the bullying issue: offering a sense of significance and belonging to students at home. He suggests simple, research-based strategies to defeat bullying at home, such as holding family meetings, reinforcing positive behaviors, how to draw boundaries, and empathizing with their child’s emotional state. Josh shows how students might be using technology in the home and how to find the balance between trust and control with their teens. They will learn details of the school’s specific anti-bullying policies and how to appropriately work with school leaders to address any incidents of bullying.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Reinforcing positive behaviors in their children
  2. Creating an environment for open communication
  3. Standing as a model of non-violence and correct living
  4. Learning to recognize signs of bullying behavior
  5. Understanding when and how to report instances of bullying