Tom Thelen

Youth Motivational Speaker

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Anti-Bullying Speaker Tom Thelen

Tom Thelen is one of America’s top anti-bullying speakers and the creator of the Victimproof Bullying Prevention Program. He has spoken at over 500 schools and conferences inspiring groups of all ages to take responsibility for their choices and to make a positive impact on their local culture. He is best known for the Program that serves as a year-round follow-up to his live events. Tom has been featured on FOX, CBS, PBS, The National Association of Student Councils, The National Honor Society, as well as Student Conferences for 4-H, FFA, SADD, FBLA, and YMCA.

As a youth motivational speaker, Tom’s message takes students on a journey through his own life story – a normal “face in the crowd” kid who never struggled with drugs or alcohol, but instead lived with a victim mindset. Thankfully one teacher stepped in and helped him break free from the bullying cycle. Today, Tom travels America showing students and educators how to stand up to bullying and how to “BE THE CHANGE” on their campus.





How can you break free from the pain of bullying and intimidation? In Victimproof, author Tom Thelen teaches students how to avoid the common mistakes that lead to a victim mindset. Using his own life story, Tom shows students how to become “Victimproof” from the inside out. “You can’t control whether or not you get bullied, but you can control whether or not you become a victim.” – Tom Thelen, Founder of the Victimproof Program.


The Victimproof DVD Curriculum contains 30 short video lessons for upper elementary through high school aged students. The series corresponds to the book of the same name by youth speaker Tom Thelen. Each video ends with discussion questions that pop up on the screen, so students can take the message and apply it to real life scenarios. The Victimproof DVD is a great resource for the classroom or for a student-led anti-bullying club.


The Victimproof LIVE DVD was filmed on location in Durant Oklahoma at a national youth conference. It features Tom Thelen delivering his “BE THE CHANGE” keynote speech, as seen at over 500 schools and conferences across the country. This is a great resource for schools that cannot afford to book a professional speaker but want to provide their students with a world class school assembly program at a low price point.


Subscribe to and get unlimited access to the entire curriculum. Download the Victimproof eBook, the Teacher’s Guide, the 30 Video Lessons, the Webcasts, and more. Give this exclusive program to all your students, staff, and parents, so they can access the whole program from anywhere, on any device (PC, Mac, iPhone, or Android). Victimproof inspires students to create a positive impact on their school culture.

A Message From Tom

Hi, I’m Tom Thelen, and I love helping students! As a teen, my High School English Teacher believed in me when no one else did, and through her influence I learned the importance of character, leadership, and bullying-prevention. Now I get to take that same message of hope to students, parents, and educators around the world.

My goal in every speech is to: 1) Connect with the audience through an authentic message. 2) Teach universal values that are relevant to everyone. And 3) Inspire them to take the next positive step in their lives. And that’s exactly what I do. When students take ownership of their lives, their choices, and their character, it creates a win-win for the students and for the school.

I look forward to partnering with you to bring the message of bullying prevention and leadership to your students. Together we can reduce bullying and create a culture of character.





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