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/ For Students

PUSH: Persevere Until Something Happens

In this inspiring speech, Dr. Gaines opens up about his personal journey from hopelessness to hope, sharing his unwavering drive to uplift others. It is through his own story that he earned the nickname “PUSH” (Persevere Until Something Happens), symbolizing his firm belief in the transformative power of perseverance. Dr. Gaines passionately encourages individuals to embrace a mindset of resilience, urging them to keep pushing and approach life’s obstacles with love, ultimately becoming the best versions 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

/ 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.