Grabbed their attention and was impactful.
Never have we had a presenter where every student was more engaged and attentive to what was being said. The 6th through 9th graders took part in a give-and-take with him because of the interactive format for that age group. Administrators reported that the more serious and mature tone with the older students grabbed their attention and was impactful.
After the presentation, the student body improved their behavior and the way that they treated each other. Use of disparaging remarks and the off-the-cuff “Go kill yourself” as a simple throwaway insult declined. We were very impressed. We look forward to their return and recommend Nathan’s presentation to any school needing a shift in the way students think about themselves and one another.
Give Nathan our deepest thanks for Friday. The day could not have been better. At the end of the day we asked students to rate the program - Nathan rec'd rating of 9.58 from his audience!!!! He spoke to their heart and I feel humbled to witness that connection. Kids were filling up their program booklets with notes - talk about ENGAGEMENT. I am counting that as a huge win. After we complete our Spring fundraising I'll be contacting you for our next booking :)
I have sat through numerous school convocations regarding drugs/alcohol, bullying, peer pressure, etc. and never have I seen ONE speaker have an entire student body’s attention the way Nathan did. Nathan was able to reach students who we have tried to reach in months, even years. Students came forward wanting to open up about their issues and get help. Following Nathan’s presentation, we saw a change in student behavior. For example, we witnessed students conduct meetings with other students who they had bullied for months, wanting to apologize and make up. We witnessed students helping and sitting with other students who needed a friend. We had students come forward wanting help for drug addictions. Nathan’s story is heartbreaking, however the message he delivers and gets across to these young people is truly amazing.
I highly recommend Nathan Harmon for any school looking for a change in behavior, whether it be drugs/alcohol abuse, bullying, suicide, etc. We are looking forward to having Nathan return to Shoals High School in September of 2017.