KEYNOTES

/ For Students

PUSH: Persevere Until Something Happens

In this speech, Dr. Gaines shares his drive to give hope to others because his own story grew from hopelessness. John earned his nickname “PUSH” (Persevere Until Something Happens) because he believes in the power of perseverance and teaches others to “keep pushing” and LOVE through life’s obstacles to become the best version of themselves. 

/ For Students

I Am a Champion: Teaching Students How to Win in the Classroom and Life

In this speech, Dr. Gaines shares his drive to give hope to others because his own story grew from hopelessness. John earned his nickname “PUSH” (Persevere Until Something Happens) because he believes in the power of perseverance and teaches others to “keep pushing” and LOVE through life’s obstacles to become the best version of themselves. 

/ For Parents, Educators and Caring Adults

Just One, “I Believe in You” Can Change a Kid’s Life

John’s childhood was one of extreme adversity. Growing up surrounded by drugs and violence, facing personal struggles, and being bullied for his differences, he had every reason to give up, but he pushed through thanks to a caring adult.

/ For Professional Development

Stories Matter: Creating an Anti-Racist School Culture

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • How to Engage in Vigilant Self-Awareness
  • The importance of Studying and Teaching
  • How to talk about Race with Students

/ For Black History Month, MLK or Diversity Themed Assemblies

PUSH For Love: Teaching Students How to Value Themselves & Others 

This speech is designed to teach students how to identify and establish their dreams, PUSH Love, and value diversity among challenging circumstances through positive thought and action.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Help students identify their dream
  • Teach students the importance of having a positive self-image
  • Teach students the importance of diversity
  • Help students identify positive thoughts and actions to help them achieve their dream
  • Describe the importance of having belief in their dream.
  • Describe ways to show courage in the face of challenges.