The start of school is right around the corner and everywhere school personnel and parents are scrambling to make plans for the new school year. The start of a new year is often seen as a time to set a solid behavioral tone for the year with some kind of plan to encourage strong character among students and also to combat bullying.
For years now, Mobile Ed has offered superb programs on anti bullying techniques and in the area of strong character development. And many, many schools fill up our schedules each year for these great school assemblies. However, the programs we offer, wonderful as they most certainly are, follow styles that are designed to speak to elementary aged kids. Sadly, the greatest need for such programs is elsewhere.
Bullying is at it worst during the turbulent years students spend in middle school, from grades 6-8. Any parent with kids in High School will well remember the headaches and heartaches associated with that time. Kids in middle school are in the midst of a massive change, not quite teenagers yet but no longer innocent children anymore either. Their bodies are growing like wildfire and their hormones are beginning to kick in and life is a mass of confused and often terrifying emotional challenges. To deal with all of this, kids generally find safety in cynicism and sarcasm and detachment. They adopt a herd mentality, refusing to admit to liking anything outside the scope of what the “group” has deemed acceptable. Anyone who steps outside the norm is singled out and ruthlessly demolished by the rest. Conformity is the rule, and weakness is attacked quite viciously. Amidst this chaos and mayhem, adults are viewed with disgust and disdain for the most part.
So how can adults work to address the problems inherent in this transitional phase, combat bullying and assist our kids in dealing with the important issues with which they are wrestling? We cannot do it alone. We need an ally, young enough to slip inside the wall of credibility, and capable of speaking the same language as our kids, while at the same time possessing the wisdom and skill of a trained adult counselor. For years, we at Mobile Ed have known this demand existed and for years we have sought just the right perfect individual to tackle this important job.
Well, we are now “over the top” excited to announce that we have succeeded in that quest at long last. We have found exactly the right person to speak to kids in this troubled period of their lives in language they understand, with credibility they will respect, and with the skills to assist our kids in finding a secure and meaningful path through this trying time.
Since 2006, Kevin "Mr. Peace" Szawala has been traveling to schools and community centers, spreading his passionate message about peace, love, equality and tolerance to hundreds of thousands of people of all ages. He has created four different assembly programs, each focusing on a different topic: bullying, diversity, leadership and making positive life choices.
And Kevin is exceptionally gifted at doing what he does. Lauded by students and administrators alike, Kevin is uniquely positioned to speak to kids in their own language in such a way that he connects with them and they listen. But he is also uniquely qualified to address the issues that are of concern during these years with positive counseling techniques honed over the last several years and is now ready to go mainstream with a strong and urgently needed packages of constructive content.
Kevin is, quite simply, an amazing young man.
We are proud to add him to our growing team of professional speakers at Mobile Ed and we are certain you will want to have him visit you, not just once, but time and time again.
Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of science, history, writing, astronomy, natural science, mathematics, character issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN. He also spent ten years coordinating assembly programs for the elementary school where his own children went to school.