TEEN TRUTH LIVE: BULLY and TEEN TRUTH LIVE: DRUGS & ALCOHOL are interactive, multi-media presentations that incorporate motivational speeches with student created documentary films. The award winning films, TEEN TRUTH: BULLY and its follow up TEEN TRUTH: DRUGS & ALCOHOL focus on social issues that can lead to school violence and drug or alcohol abuse while the personal speeches challenge students to think about how their reactions to these issues impact the lives of those around them. Ultimately, TEEN TRUTH LIVE challenges the audience to have a positive impact on their peers, in order to make school a safer, healthier, happier place.
What’s NEW with TEEN TRUTH?
Check out this INSIGHT from TEEN TRUTH co-founders and speakers ERAHM CHRISTOPHER and JC POHL…
In the past five years the TEEN TRUTH film series and the TEEN TRUTH LIVE experience have inspired a national movement in the education industry. To strengthen this movement our team focuses on developing innovative products that help you anchor TEEN TRUTH’s powerful and build safer more connected schools.
Over the past two years we received several requests for a follow-up youth training program and responded by releasing the ground breaking TEEN TRUTH PLUS experience. In an effort to give students a stronger voice we expanded the TEEN TRUTH: FILM FESTIVAL to 20 schools in seven states, two Canadian provinces and the Mariana Islands.
Today, we are excited to announce a brand new product that represents everything we’ve learned from students, parents and educators over the past five years on the road. Our new creation combines our experience with proven social psychology principles to reveal a hidden truth that helps answer the question of “why?”
Why are some schools great and others are struggling with success?
Why are we all feeling so disconnected?
Why do students bully?
Why are kids lonely?
We are proud to present our first ever book, TEEN TRUTH: Why Youth Have Something to Hide. This innovative tool fuses a traditional book with a practical curriculum that you can teach and your students can read.
Filled with true stories about youth from the road, life lessons learned from the TT founders, and proven social psychology principles that focus on why we act the way we do; TEEN TRUTH attempts to explain why our youth are hiding and why.
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Being a Teenager, and Being a Leader
Being a teenager is not easy, there are many visible and invisible pressures that you deal with everyday, but in order to succeed it is important that you have a defined set of goals. This way you will be able to overcome these pressures and stay focused on your pathway to success.
By picking up this performance-driven magazine you are telling us that you want more out of life. Our advice is to discover the inner passion that drives you as a person. Once you find this passionate element in your heart you can then focus on ways to build a life around it.
For us at TEEN TRUTH our passion is giving teenagers a voice, challenging them to think differently and empowering them to make a difference in the lives of the people around us. For you it must be whatever makes you happy. By casting away your fears and finding true inner happiness you will stay clear on your mission to succeed.
This is important because clarity will allow you to take proper action, which is the key to achieving your goals. Action is a VERB and it is at the heart of every successful endeavor. If you are a leader you must instill this VERB in everything that you do as a person.
We believe that leaders must embody the following ideals: 1. Have a vision… Setting goals is extremely important (even if they change) so write your vision down on a piece of paper or find a special symbol in your life that embodies your vision.
2. Be aware of others… With so many people in the world it is important to remember that they all have their own reality, so make sure you always work to understand their reality or perspective before you pass judgment.
3. Focus on the task at hand… This means put down the ipod, turn off the TV, and truly focus on the task at hand. Don’t allow outside influences to deter you from your goal.
4. Finish what you start… Completing goals can lead to momentum, which can lead to greater success.
5. Be relentless… You will face obstacles in your life. When you focus on a goal make sure you are relentless in order to achieve it. a. (One important side note on being relentless, the most effective leaders know when to admit they are wrong, so remember this as you push forward.) If you chose to lead, commit yourself to action. Commit yourself to focusing on a goal. As a leader, don’t inspire hope. Inspire action in those around you.
Many people wouldn’t have picked up this magazine, but you did. Many people you see every day will fail to grow. And they will fail because they will choose to fail. They will not act with a vision, with an awareness of others, with focus, with resolve, or with a relentless attitude.
The path you have chosen is not easy… And that is a good thing. You will be stronger because of it.
Tags: a goal for success, finding success, leadership
Andrew’s Last Stand
Throughout elementary and middle school I didn’t have many friends, and it was no one’s fault but my own. I purposely alienated myself from others and at times I was even a bully. But I wasn’t a bully because I felt like making people feel bad, it was because of all of the anger I had inside.
My relationship with my father fueled this constant anger that I would take out on both my brother and on other kids at school. But when I got to high school, I started to change.
While I couldn’t stop what was going on at home, I realized I could take control of my overall life. I made new friends and hung out with different groups at my school to get to know more people. Before I knew it, I had a few really close friends. It was hard to make new friends because I had developed a reputation for being a bully.
When I tried to branch out to other kids in school, people just laughed at me. But I didn’t give up. I stayed with the clubs I was in and I even advanced to Student Council. I became more active and involved in whatever I could at school.
I didn’t really understand how the power of my efforts began to change my life until I experienced TEEN TRUTH LIVE. On November 23rd, 2009, I was sitting in an auditorium in the front row where Erahm Christopher was delivering the presentation. The TEEN TRUTH BULLY FILM and Mr. Christopher’s presentation made me aware of how my actions had impacted others and I felt compelled to do something about it.
At that moment, Erahm said to all of us “I am going to count down from five and before I reach one I want someone to stand up and tell me how they are going to BE THE DIFFERENCE in their school”. He shouted “five”, but no one stood up. He continued, “four”, but still no one had the courage to stand up.
I decided I wasn’t going to be like everyone else. He shouted “three” and I stood up. Mr. Christopher approached me and said, “What are you going to do to BE THE DIFFERENCE?” I was full of emotion and without wasting a moment I said, “I am going to look out for the people in my school who are made fun of. I am going to stand up against the bullies in my school and I am going to make a difference”! I looked at Mr. Christopher and he knew I meant every word of what I said.
For years I had tried to fit in, and few would let me. I was not the only person who was having trouble being accepted. It was happening in the younger grades as well. After I told Mr. Christopher what I was committed to doing, he gave me a TEEN TRUTH band and asked, “Is that why you are here?” I turned to the rest of the hundred plus audience and said, “That’s why we all are here. We are here to make a difference.”
When I turned around, I shook Mr. Christopher’s hand and sat down. It was a very powerful moment, and to this day I still keep in contact with him. I realize now, it doesn’t matter what your truth is as long as you want to make a difference; nothing in the world can stop you.
My advice to you on how to change your behavior-
1. Recognize why you are acting out towards others.
2. Begin to work on the underlying issues that are causing you to act out.
3. Make a decision to change your behavior.
4. Find a mentor, adult or friend to hold you accountable for your actions.
5. Be sure this accountability coach does not let you get away with excuses.
6. Turn over a new leaf and let everyone know your goals.
7. Be bold and brave as you embrace the NEW you!
8. Reward yourself for the changed behavior. It will take 90 days to change old habits or behavior.
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Are You Ready to Make a Difference?
Your actions lead to impact which equals influence . . . and you influence the world every day whether you like it or not.
What you say to someone, how you look at someone, and how you physically connect with someone will affect that moment, that day and possibly his/her life. When you function in a school community with a large number of individuals this responsibility becomes even greater.
Becoming aware of this inter-dependent relationship in your school community will help you understand why a school culture can become positive or negative. Everyone understands that bullying, racism, and hate are elements that can weaken a school’s culture and ultimately bring the community down. But few realize that it is NOT solely the fault of the individuals responsible for the negative impacts. In fact, it is also the fault of those who stand idly by and watch the corruption occur.
Our challenge to you is to utilize your impact to make a positive difference in everything you do. When you make a difference, you become the reason for positive change. Positive change will brighten the moment, the day and someone’s life.
Here are 6 easy steps that illustrate how you can start making a difference:
1. Think before you act.
If you feel like teasing or putting someone down, think about why you are doing it, how it is going to make that person feel, and how it might make you feel if you were that person.
2. Include before you exclude. Reach out to those who are excluded. Remember what it is like to be excluded and strive to stop that from happening to others. An open hand and a friendly smile can go a long way in someone’s life.
3. Step up before stepping out. If you see someone being bullied or mistreated step in and help them out before deciding to step out. Realize the impact the incident could potentially have on the individual’s life.
4. Know who’s there. Know who’s there to help you. Often times knowing that you have support will allow you the confidence to deal with adversity that might arise.
5. Get help when you lose control. If the situation is out of your control find an adult who can help you effectively deal with the situation. Most adults have experience with situations you are dealing with, and can offer valuable insight on how to solve a problem.
6. Speak out instead of in. If you have an obstacle in your life that is causing you pain or stress, speak to someone you trust. Speaking out will help you see things from a different perspective. Other people have overcome similar obstacles and in the long run this experience will only make you stronger. There is nothing wrong with asking for help.
7. Speak the truth. The truth might hurt, but it will only make you stronger. Every human being has the power to make a difference, but only leaders choose to use it. We challenge you everyday to use your impact to be the difference. Lead others to do the same so you can make your school community the safest, healthiest, happiest place it can be.