#NeverAgain – CoolSpeak Proposes One Solution to the Complex School Violence Crisis
In these moments of crisis, it is normal to feel helpless, to feel like we can affect change. But it’s in these moments that we must realize that while we may not be able to change what has happened, we can work to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. At CoolSpeak, we will continue to do what we do best: inspiring student, parents and teachers.
CoolSpeak, the nation’s leading youth engagement company, proposes one solution to help address the complex school violence crisis educators and families are facing across the United States. Hint: it has nothing to do with politics or gun control. Just as the #NeverAgain movement launched by students in Florida, CoolSpeak aims to address this crisis through student engagement and comprehensive collaboration at every level of a child’s life (which includes parents, as well.)
Educators are often focused on lesson plans and daily tasks all while sometimes dealing with overcrowded classrooms and disruptive students. Many can understand why some teachers may not be equipped to take care of a student’s needs when they are more than just academic. Whether through bullying, substance abuse, domestic problems, or a wide assortment of other challenges, we continue to see children and young adults lost to the crisis of school violence – in a mass shooting or self-inflicted violence. Students lacking guidance, the emotional intelligence, or even basic human needs, like love or acceptance, are finding themselves channeling their frustration into other unsafe means that can result in catastrophic results.
CoolSpeak CEO, Carlos Ojeda, Jr. states, “Frederick Douglas once said ‘It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.’ As I read the headlines and watch the news, I ache at what I see and hear, and his words suddenly resonate with the moment. As educators, we often are preoccupied with what a child will become tomorrow, that we forget that they are somebody right now; somebody that needs love, attention, guidance, and support… today. That’s why student engagement is so important. Making the connection to discover the out of school issues, creating in school problems, righting their path, before there is a chance for it to go wrong.”
Addressing the epidemic of school violence requires universal collaboration. CoolSpeak’s proposed solution includes continued education by educators to learn strategic methods to engage and communicate with students. Some of the most effective techniques are designed to cultivate motivation, improve emotional intelligence, and enhance critical thinking skills. CoolSpeak has been offering these services to schools and universities since 2009.
“While educators may be the first line of action, parents and students play an active role in the solution. CoolSpeak invites students, educators, parents, and any American tired of seeing countless young lives lost to join us in our mission to address the roots of school violence before it occurs. No child should be forgotten, and together we can build a culture where every student knows they are cared for,” states Carlos Ojeda, Jr.
The responsibility to our students goes far beyond classroom walls. Support those who are stepping up and speaking out rather than diminishing their thoughts and opinions. While most would crumble in pain, these students are choosing to use their voice as their power. This should be celebrated and honored, because as educators, this is the epitome of what we would want our students to do in class – participate and use the knowledge to make important life decisions. So, let’s listen, let’s support, let’s march, let’s engage, let’s build strong children together.
CoolSpeak is the nation’s leading full-service youth engagement organization delivering unique speakers, programs, events, and books to keep students inspired, parents involved, and teachers engaged. CoolSpeak offers specifically tailored experiences that allow educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and Fortune 1000 businesses to foster educational agendas and support proactive youth outreach. CoolSpeak clients include hundreds of schools and universities, and corporate partners like McDonald’s, US Bank, AT&T and more. Strive to put the Motivation back into Education with CoolSpeak.
About Carlos Ojeda, Jr.: Carlos Ojeda Jr. has been called one of the most dynamic speakers in America today. A former university administrator, professor and small business development center director, he now focuses his energy on empowering students to succeed by teaching them that their voice is their power. He has worked extensively with students, parents and professionals across the country, spreading his message of education and empowerment.
Join CoolSpeak to change the way educators and parents connect and engage with students. Learn more at www.CoolSpeak.net