Why is Summer the ideal motivational speaker for high school students?
As a high school sophomore, I stood out as a pregnant teenager. For most of my high school experience, I was a teenage mother. Ignorant about sex, I got pregnant after my first sexual encounter which was forced on me.
Even before then, I struggled with liking myself. I had low-esteem, acne, stretch marks and just didn’t like myself. I ran away from home, I challenged authority. I was hurt, frustrated, and confused. However, in spite of becoming a mother at 15, I overcame my challenges. I got involved in extracurricular activities and became VP of my senior class and editor of the yearbook staff. I was voted Most Likely to Succeed and graduated number 8 in my class of over 200 students. With my two-year-old son, I earned a full leadership scholarship to college and set myself on a path for success in life.
As a motivational speaker, I show students how to Stand Out in positive ways. My programs helps students avoid unnecessary challenges and overcome the ones they already face.
My openness about my own insecurities makes students comfortable about their situation so they start thinking and talking. I don’t shy away from the tough topics. I talk openly and honestly about the tough stuff including bullying, body image, as well as relationships, sex, teen pregnancy, STD’s and drug use connecting with students in a real way to ensure they are prepared for the future.
I support the educators, parents, and guardians who work tirelessly to instill the lessons our youth need to make it. I give youth new perspective and appreciation as well as practical advice and life skills. Gaining a greater understanding of who they are and what they can be, identifying their support systems, and finding their own motivation, students learn to persevere through the challenging life situations they face daily.
My goal Is to get high school students to make the most of their high school years and position themselves for post-secondary opportunities and prepare them for the transition from teenage to young adults.