Looking for a school speaking sponsor

A number of schools have reached out for me to speak. The ones out of town often can’t afford to even fly me to the location much less pay any kind of fee. I would love to say yes, especially to the ones where a teen reaches out to me to speak to their school. Then sometimes it’s a school counselor who is already so overworked, they don’t have the manpower or the hours to search for a sponsor.

Because I like to eat and sleep indoors, and these offers are now competing with paid offers, I thought I’d try to see if there was a company who’d at least sponsor two or three schools to start and I’d like ideas and connections from you guys.

I have one school that I just accepted and I told them I would try this strategy. They lost a student by suicide not long ago and it’s a small school. They were devastated. I can’t say who they are but can through private message. This would be a sponsorship of thousands and not hundreds.

The goal is to prevent youth suicide. I speak about the addiction part of that as well as mental illness and grief. It’s gone up 70% between 2006 and 2016 and the number two cause of death on college campuses. I know that talking about suicide prevents it and science supports that.

My niece and I will also be working to complete a downloadable ebook on starting a mental wellness club at a school. I have started this and we’ve been discussing it.

She has been doing a fantastic job at her school and has really made a difference. This could be part of the package and I do know this would be of great interest. But it doesn’t have to be. Usually, after I leave the kids want to do this to support each other. Mental health resources are stretched thin these days and self help group models with a responsible sponsor is a good alternative for making students feel included, heard and connected, all of which are protective factors.

At any rate, any ideas or contacts on companies? I thought I’d start with you all.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and currently working on getting a book published. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory.

2 thoughts on “Looking for a school speaking sponsor”

  1. Let me think about it and brainstorm. Would a hospital do something like this? I have no idea how this all works.

    1. They could I guess. VCU has a sponsorship form and I can try. But just wanting to see if anyone had an idea and connection first before I went filling out a lot of forms. That personal connection always works best

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