SOURCE: Jump Start Performance Programs

Jump Start Performance Programs

April 22, 2009 06:00 ET

Youth Motivational Speaker to Offer Coping Tools to Help Teens Endure the Economy

VAN NUYS, CA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) - Nationally renowned youth motivational speaker Scott Greenberg of Jump Start Performance Programs is about to embark on a tour of schools and student conferences helping teens to cope during the current economic crisis. Speaking engagements will take place all over the United States, with one stop in Quito, Ecuador.

Greenberg will be offering middle school and high school students encouragement and advice on resilience, stress management and financial literacy. Additional messages from the youth speaker will focus on the use of humor, action-planning and community service.

The shift in message is a response to a recent surge of students contacting Greenberg after his presentations expressing their financial worries. Instability at home and fewer after-school work opportunities combined with fears over paying for college have left teens vulnerable and scared, particularly those with parents coping with their own financial stress.

Recent studies have shown a significant drop in discretionary spending for teens, and the jobs normally availed to them are disappearing or being taken by more experienced, desperate workers. With all the media attention placed on the economy, few of the anecdotal reports have considered the teenage perspective.

"This generation of teens is experiencing a real threat to the only lifestyle they've ever known," says Greenberg, who speaks to about 60,000 students a year. "They hear the news and see their parents freaking out and are really scared."

While budgets at schools are tighter than ever, special program funding is still often available through grants, school improvement funds and student council budgets. "Even in the best of times being a teenager isn't easy," Greenberg says. "Administrators appreciate the importance of student morale." Greenberg offers schools significantly discounted fees to accommodate their budgets.

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About Scott Greenberg:

In 1992 Scott Greenberg dropped out of the New York University Graduate Film School after being diagnosed with cancer. Inspired by his grandmother, a Schindler's List holocaust survivor, Scott beat the disease and went on to run the Los Angeles Marathon to raise money for cancer research. Since 1996 he has been a fulltime motivational speaker on the subjects of leadership, resilience and peak performance. Clients include Nike, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the United Nations. He has written three books on leadership and is a contributing author to "Chicken Soup for the College Soul."