Over 2.5 Million Students
Eric’s time on stage is like a Grand Final Sporting Event!! . In one moment, students are laughing hysterically, moving actively on their feet, and shouting at the top of their lungs.
Yet only minutes later, that same room is silent; students find themselves hanging on to every word of Eric’s heartfelt and challenging message. It is at this point that the students in attendance realize they are no longer watching a presentation to an audience of hundreds or even thousands—they are being asked to reflect on their own goals and dreams. Eric will lead them into a process to help them turn obstacles into opportunities.
Australian youth today face a 1-in-5 chance of experiencing depression and/or anxiety. They also confront alarming rates of youth suicide.
Now, more than ever, youth motivational speaker, Eric Bailey, is determined to act and help reverse this trend.
Working with youth in diverse roles for over 30 years, Eric Bailey has seen been motivating, inspiring, and shifting the mindsets of youth around the world!
Don’t Foul Out’ Presentation
Presentation of 30-60 minutes including interaction and question time.
An educational and motivational program designed to address bullying, motivation, resilience and self-esteem issues for school students between ages of 12 to 18.
School age students transitioning from primary school to high school and students in years 10, 11 and 12. Parents and Educators in attendance(Optional). Presentation is based upon the 6-foul system that gets a player ejected from a basketball game. Because sports in general is such a universal concept, sports analogies and anecdotes will be woven into each phase of the presentation. Students tend to respond well to sports-driven programs, as each individual student has their own experience with sports (watching, playing, etc) and therefore they will connect with this concept.
Foul 1: This section will address the need to have faith or belief in yourself and know that you can handle any situation that arises. Self-esteem issues will be discussed and tools will be provided to boost student’s self-esteem. Students who have a robust sense of worth are less likely to either bully or be bullied.
Foul 2: This section will address the global concept of bullying and will include verbal attacks, online attacks, physical attacks, and those that are complicit in watching such attacks occur. A focus will be on recognizing various types of bullying and disrespect. Discussions will include the need to intervene if students see such incidents occurring.
Foul 3: : This section will address basic concepts of respect and will include respect for ourselves, others, schools, neighborhoods, and the environment. Also discussed at this juncture will be their connectivity to the world around them and why it is important to consider yourself part of a larger universe.
Foul 4: This section will discuss the importance of what you put in your body, mind, ears, and soul. “Healthy choices mean healthy outcomes” will be the driving theme.
Foul 5: Displaying courteous and cooperative behavior towards teachers and adults, as they try to mold you into being the best you that you can be. Students needs to understand that most adults in their lives have their best interests at heart and being respectful towards these individuals actually benefits themselves.
Foul 6: Never give up on yourself, no matter what the odds. The bottom line is that success is in your hands, but you must be given the right tools for life-long success. This section will reflect back to the self-esteem issues that are reviewed in Foul 1 and will tie the entire program together.
Justification and Support of Program
Researchers at Melbourne’s Mitchell Institute reported in 2015 that approximately 25% of students drop-out of school and fail to finish their education. While there are several factors that drive such an outcome, student disengagement is a primary cause. Connecting with students on a personal level, and on a level that relates to them, may be key to keeping them in school. This program addresses just such disengagement issues.
The Australian government’s ‘Bullying. No Way!’ initiative has reported startling statistics with regards to bullying and its aftermath. They have reported that 27% of students report being bullied on a regular basis. Additionally, in 87% of bullying there are bystanders who see what is occurring and yet fail to intervene in any manner. And, a shocking 83% of online bullying cases become in-person bullying events.
Bullying is the manifestation of a variety of issues including, but not limited to, lack of respect for authority, low self-esteem, feelings of helplessness, and impulsivity. This program will address these issues and provide students with the tools that they need in order to succeed in school, in their community, and in their home environment.