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Ty Sells

Not just a speaker, Ty brings over thirty years of experience in drug prevention and community services. He is a “product” of the Youth to Youth high school program, and spent years during and after college working directly with youth in its’ local program. Ty is known across the country for his charisma, humor, and leadership. He has developed a number of trainings, workshops, and presentations for both youth and adults to address the many complex issues that confront today’s young people.

Meet Ty Sells

Recognized as an individual who cares deeply for the well being of youth, Ty is known for his charisma and leadership. Not just a speaker, Ty brings over thirty years of experience in drug prevention and community service, and youth development. Ty is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant. He received his BA in Communication from The Ohio State University and is currently the Director of Speaker Services for Youth to Youth International in Columbus, Ohio. In 2012, Ty was awarded the “Prevention Innovator of the Year” Award by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (formerly ODADAS) for his development of creative prevention trainings and consultation with schools and organizations across the state. While working closely with the youth, he has gained first- hand knowledge of the joys and challenges of being young today. Ty has developed a number of trainings, workshops, and presentations for both youth and adults to address the many complex issues that confront today’s young people.

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Stage Introduction

Ty Sells is an individual who cares deeply for the well being of youth.   He is a graduate of the Ohio State University and works for the drug prevention/ youth leadership program, Youth to Youth International. He has spoken at hundreds of school assemblies and presented conference keynotes throughout the world, including every state in the U.S., Germany, Japan, Canada, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and Italy. Now he will be sharing his message with us. Please give a warm welcome to Mr. Ty Sells.

 

Presentations

 

The Power of Acceptance

The Power of Acceptance is a fun, youth- oriented presentation that challenges young people to make positive choices in regard to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.  The presentation is focused on the positive side of being drug free as opposed to the negative consequences of choosing to use. It also challenges students to examine the way they treat others who are “different” from them. Along with making the audience laugh as they learn, this presentation makes five core points:

  • It is perfectly acceptable to make the choice to stay or become drug free
  • The way we treat others can influence the choices that they make
  • Cool always changes
  • Knowledge isn’t power, it’s potential power
  • It’s what we DO with the things we learn where the true power lies.

The speech is appropriate for middle and high school students and is proven to make an impact in the minds of young people and leaves a lasting impression long after the presentation is over.

 

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Finding Hope

The feeling of loss of control is something we all deal with from time to time. It can be frightening and overwhelming, but there is hope. By accepting what you can’t control, learning to manage your attitude and response, and seeking authentic positivity to bring life into balance, you can directly impact the outcome for the better. Through this keynote, learn how mastering your response in difficult situations builds trust that in turn improves your life, relationships, and overall mental health.

 

Clear the Air

Marijuana use is on the rise with high school students across the United States. This increase is often attributed to a lowered perception of risk. Young people think smoking pot is “no big deal” or even “safe”. Much of what they believe is based on myths and organized talking points they have heard from their friends, pro-legalization forces and even the media. While there are countless ways for students to find accurate information, there are just as many places to find misinformation. This workshop will examine strategies to get behind the smoke screen and engage youth in a conversation about marijuana. A conversation that is free of preaching and politics, but full of the relevant facts to assist youth in making their own healthier decisions.

 

Creating Connections That Count

This presentation is ideal for all of the service learning professionals, who take very seriously, the idea of involving young people in their programs. In an interactive and exciting way, participants will learn practical and proven ways to engage and connect with teens. All coalition builders know the value of having young people involved in impacting a community. We must take the time to learn how to inspire those young people. Quality, accurate, relevant information isn’t enough to inspire students to learn. Adults must first establish a connection with their young people before knowledge can be shared. Not just for beginners, this course is for any adult who works with young people. Participants will learn new ideas and techniques, but they will also remember things they have forgotten. It has been said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Making a connection, letting a young person know you care, is the quickest way to get them “ready.”   Once they are “ready”, there is no limit to what they can accomplish.

Learning objectives include: learning how to create an environment conducive to creating connections, the 5 key principles to be more effective with youth, working with youth without suffering burn out, practical techniques to inspire youth, and examining attitudes toward young people.

Creating Connections that Count can also be tailored to parents of adolescents helping them learn ways to connect positively with their own children.

 

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“It’s not just what you say, it's also how you say it”. Your message is important, but if it isn’t heard it can’t make an impact. Scare tactics simply don’t work. By making your message Practical, Receivable, Interesting, Memorable, and Engaging, what you say will make a change that will stand the test of time.

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