Our Story: Who We Are & What We Do
In 1999, the initial concept for CoolSpeak started with a graduate research project centered around the idea of creating a website where educators could find great speakers and presenters for their students and was coupled with a simple passion, to assist children in finding their goals and dreams and encouraging them to pursue those ambitions to the fullest. The project got a resounding A, but that was as far as the project went. As the author of the project, Carlos Ojeda Jr., moved on and began his career in higher education and youth motivational speaking, he engaged students and made an impact, but couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing. He felt that the impact he was making could and should be extended and expanded. His idea was that kids speak a language that is cool; a language that is always changing, a language that they define and control. A language that he and other youth motivational speakers understood; a cool language that they spoke. CoolSpeak.
In that moment, the initial concept, the passion and idea were given form: CoolSpeak. The Youth Engagement Company. A company that could leverage the cool language kids speak to design and develop programs and events that expanded and extended the impact of traditional youth motivational speaking.
But it wasn’t until Carlos met Ernesto Mejia, an individual as ‘crazy’ and passionate as he was, who also happened to be one of the best youth facilitators in the country, that the vision for CoolSpeak began to take shape.
Since 2009, Carlos and Ernesto have worked tirelessly to make CoolSpeak the company that it is today.
We are America’s leading youth engagement company. Utilizing a range of diverse, powerful, transformative speakers, programs and events, we dedicate ourselves to the thing that matters most: kids. How do we do this? Our CoolSpeak platform crafts world-class programs and events based on powerful research strategies, proven child development theories and feedback from both youths and professionals. All that adds up to an approach that works to improve education, inspire learning and infuse cool. There is no one better at empowering students and professionals and helping them realize their fullest potential.
Our Purpose | View Our Purpose
Our focus has been and always will be kids. Not every student knows it, but they are the building blocks of our future, and by empowering them, we empower everyone else too. Over the years we have honed and perfected our work, and we are the best speakers for connecting with students, parents, teachers and other professionals on a personal level. Our events and programs aren’t like any other, because our goal is to leave each kid or adult who hears us speak with a message that has lasting impact. To help change take root is our mission, and we never settle for anything less.
Our Founders | View Our Founders
The company was founded by Carlos Ojeda Jr. and Ernesto Mejia in 2009 after the two visionaries noticed a significant void in the youth engagement field. Their passion to impact youth on a broader and more transformative scale was the driving force behind the conception of CoolSpeak: The Youth Engagement Company.
CoolSpeak was birthed from a lifelong passion to spark change and inspire students, parents and educators to dream bigger, imagine more and never settle for anything less than what they’re capable of. Carlos and Ernesto built CoolSpeak in their own image, bringing an infectious enthusiasm and unmatched level of energy, dedication and commitment to the mission of positive change.
Our Team | View Our Team
Our team is our greatest resource. Though we all have a different background and a different story, we have something that unites us. Our shared goal and our passion is sparking change and inspiring those who are furthering their education or helping others further theirs. Years ago, we came together with the simple mission of passing on the lessons we’ve learned in the hopes of transforming the youth of today. Now, we tour across the country, delivering our programs and events to kids, teachers, educators and other professionals to help them realize their own potential. When you work with CoolSpeak, you are getting the best, bar none. After all, communication is our job and our greatest asset. We bend over backwards for any client big or small, give our utmost for every event from a humble community group to a thousands-wide school assembly. We hold ourselves to our own exceptionally high standard of excellence, and we work with you we will always live up to that promise.