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Keynotes & Workshops

We work with you to make sure that our services are customized to best support your specific audience and needs. Our services provide you with tremendous value for your investment and will exceed your expectations.

Innovative Strategies for Bullying Prevention: Empowering Adults and Engaging Students – OUR MOST POPULAR TRAINING & KEYNOTE!

Learn about the importance of creating a positive school climate while learning practical day to day practices to improve that climate. Every school has a “feel” to it that anyone who works there, learns there, or walks in there, can sense. People don’t perform well if the climate is not safe and positive. This session introduces the five different factors that contribute to a school climate. From student on student mistreatment, to family life, to the staff and institution itself, positive school climates contribute to a sense of safety and ultimately to academic success. It is important to assess the climate, address the norms of behavior, and utilize positive communication to create a positive climate so everyone can feel safe and thrive.

Cyber Training for School Staff or Parents: What Adults Need to Know

As we continue to witness the rapid technological expansion of the “always on” generation, we are seeing how the anonymous, instant, and far-reaching communication capabilities have brought a new dimension to student development and bullying.

Bullying is not a new phenomenon but the ways in which it happens are changing and cyberbullying poses a substantial threat to schools. The training provides an introduction into the basics of new media and equips parents with evidence based knowledge and strategies on how to create a cyber safe environment.

Positive Youth Development for a Positve Climate: Improving Morale and Productivity

This service provides educational and energizing training, coaching, and follow-up assistance to help schools with what they need to create a positive youth development movement that impacts the school environment. Schools will move from concepts to a plan of action towards being a youth building school, doing youth building everyday, and having successful, healthy and responsible youth. A separate training to provide the tools and skills for students and adults to create safe and tolerant schools is also available.

The Parent Engagement Project: Parents as Partners in Education

KeynotesHow do we engage parents to be partners in schools and other areas of community life? This session provides strategies using positive youth development framework as a powerful tool to encourage parental engagement.

The information, surveys, and strategies presented to parents in this session will provide them with critical tools that inspire and secure more parental involvement in the lives of their children and your school or organization right now.

Anti-Bias Education: Increasing Acceptance and Valuing Diversity

Encourages individuals to recognize pre-judgments and understand how those judgments can reduce the effectiveness in their organization and interfere with their ability to be work with others. Training increases understanding and skills with working and connecting to diverse individuals and populations (can focus session on LGBTQ training).

Leaving a Legacy: Connecting to Your Passion A POPULAR KEYNOTE!

Adults often lose their passion and connection to what drives them to do their work and fulfill their purpose.

Sometimes adults need to powerfully reconnect to the source of their passion and recharge their professional and personal lives. This session works with adults to help them identify and connect to their passion that will have them leaving a legacy in the lives of others. Participants will leave with new tools to continually improve their personal morale and leave reinvigorated and reconnected to what drives them to serve themselves and serve others.

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Positive Youth Development Training

positive youth development training 2Youth development is the belief and practice in which adults engage youth as co-creators of their communities and their future. It seeks to ensure the well being of all children and adolescents and to prepare them for the responsibilities of being positive contributors to our communities as parents, business owners, workers, leaders and citizens.

Many have talked about the importance of valuing youth and empowering them to be partners in our communities. We provide coaching and training incorporating youth development research and strategies. Our training will show you not only the research that affirms the importance of positive youth development, but will also help you actually “do” youth development using effective techniques and grounded practices.

“Mr. John Linney’s knowledge, reliability, and positive attitude, make him an excellent guest speaker and trainer. His sessions were thoroughly engaging and I would highly recommend him.”

– Jennifer (Age 17, AmeriCorps Youth Member)

“I used to think that giving a child food, shelter and clothing was enough. I learned a great lesson today. I forgot how much I could give to them and how much they really need. Thank you for the boost and for opening our eyes.”

– Margarito (Grandfather raising his grandson).

“Expert knowledge of the assets and their implementation leads those people he trains to feel confident with implementing practical positive youth development strategies.”

– University of Texas at El Paso, AmeriCorps Program

“I do not hesitate to say that in our community, Mr. Linney has the most profound understanding of positive youth development and is the best presenter and educator on the subject.”

– YMCA Executive Director

Positive Youth Development Training for Educators

bullying prevention workshopThis educational, lively, and energizing training provides resources to create a positive school climate and to identify and strengthen the development of all students. The session includes strategies and practices, coaching, and hands-on activities to develop positive and healthy school campuses using the practices, programs, and relationships that are already present in your school. This training can focus on training and coaching all school members or be modified for a specific field of education such as teachers, administrators, guidance staff, parents, or others.

“Participation, humor, well-organized, positive and energizing…I am leaving motivated to help my students perform better which is going to make my teaching job more rewarding.”

– Teacher and Counselor

Youth Development and Faith-based Communities

Participants will identify how much positive youth development already taking place in their congregation, develop a youth-friendly environment, and strengthen youth building efforts in the congregation’s programs, activities and other areas supporting the mission of the congregation. We will customize this session to meet the needs of your congregation and its efforts to build value-based healthy youth. Youth overcome barriers inhibiting their connections to each other, the congregation, and their communities.

Other Workshops:

Missions for Life

What is your personal mission? Mission statements guide us not just in our organizations but in our personal lives. We help individuals craft their missions to guide them towards a more fulfilled and satisfied life. If you or others around feel like a boat without a rudder, this learning session will help you communicate who you are to others and provide you with a tool for being more focused and fulfilled in every area of your life.

Partnership Building

Insight, tools, and practices that create functioning community partnerships designed to meet the needs of local communities whether they are just beginning to come together or if they need to get to the next level. Services can include the creation and strengthening of operating principles and advisory boards, running effective meetings, staff and leadership development training, marketing and sustainability planning and other critical practices for creating effective partnerships. This service is based on extensive experience and known best practices in the United States and Mexico.

Strategic Planning with a Purpose: For Planning Sessions & Retreats

This service provides organizations with critical planning tools and strategies for coming together to achieve meaningful results. This service facilitates the development of vision and mission statements, goals, and clear objectives and other tools for creating a foundation for making a difference.


Working with the Media: Effective Promotion and Staying on Message

This session focuses on providing participants with insight into how the media decides what is news, how to get media coverage, how to get a focused message out to the public, and how to conduct effective interviews on the radio or on camera. Participants will learn how to get the media to focus on their message. In addition, several participants have the opportunity for coaching and to interview on camera before and at the conclusion of the training to document their improved skills.

Tolerance and Diversity

Encourages individuals to recognize pre-judgments and understand how those judgments can interfere with their ability to be related to others and effectiveness in their community. Participants will come away with a better understanding of how they can be more effective in connecting to others in their community. This training can also be designed to address judgments of adults towards youth and youth towards other youth.

Jump the Barriers: For workshops and retreats

This energetic and insightful learning session will help participants get past self-imposed limitations, and focus on what is possible for an organization and each individual. Participants will learn how to get past present problems, move towards a powerful future, and direct their energy on getting positive results in their professional and personal lives. Participants will gain breakthrough tools, positive insights, and practices that last.