The most effective presenters for young people are their peers. Some of my topics are alcoholism, drug abuse, bullying, gangs, teen pregnancy, drop-out issues, school violence and low self-esteem.
Hearing peers tell their stories brings home a more positive effect because the young people can identify with them. I have used peers in schools and trained some of them to become keynote presenters. I just ask the presenters to tell their personal stories. Because they are compelling, young people realize that it could really happen to them. The myth of “It’s never going to happen to me” is dispelled in these presentations.