Their Story Matters with Sara Troy and her guest Julie Connor airs from August 30th
As a keynote speaker, passionate youth and youth leadership advocate, a seasoned educator, and author of an award-winning goal-setting book, Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide, I prepare youth to be leaders and adults to be mentors and role models. I have shown young people and adults in schools and churches, organizations and nonprofit organizations throughout the country how to welcome and actively involve youth and build collaborative leadership in the life of their communities as a consultant, trainer, program director, and youth minister for more than 30 years.
My youth leadership workshops and articles led to speaking and TEDx presentations.
I love teaching. I love building collaborative youth leadership teams.
As a speaker, educator, and youth advocate, I prepare youth to be leaders and adults to be mentors and role models.
I pay it forward. I provide at-risk youth and families with goal-setting tools and training in Kansas City’s urban core.
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I empower teens, teachers, youth leaders, and adults who love young people how to break through labels and bullying to build caring communities. I specialize in vision, mission, and goal-setting strategies; collaboration and teamwork; consensus, communication, and conflict resolution. I also facilitate courageous conversations about diversity and inclusion.
In 2011, I graduated with a doctoral degree in educational leadership. My dissertation was a research model in two universities – and I lost my job. The school district where I work closed schools and my position was eliminated. I had to figure out how to transform the organizational strategies I shared with groups into a personal plan of action to reinvent myself and create a new career.