Tom Thelen – Founder of No Bullying Schools
Tom Thelen – Anti-Bullying Speaker
Tom Thelen is the Founder of the No Bullying Schools Program. As one of America’s top youth motivational speakers, he has spoken at over 700 schools, colleges, and youth organizations. His message helps schools create a positive culture and shows students how to BE THE CHANGE on their campus. Tom has been featured on NBS, CBS, PBS, FOX, The National Association of Student Councils, The National Honor Society, as well as Student Conferences for 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, and YMCA.
In 2005, Tom completed his bachelor’s degree and began working at a non-profit youth organization where he honed his skills as a youth speaker and began writing his first book, TEEN LEADERSHIP REVOLUTION. Since the publishing of his second book, VICTIMPROOF, he has become a leading voice in preventing bullying and creating a positive school climate.
Tom’s anti-bullying school assembly program 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 how to stand up to bullying and how to “BE THE CHANGE” on their campus. His live event comes with the 30-PART VICTIMPROOF VIDEO CURRICULUM and the accompanying TEACHERS GUIDE which serves as a 12-month follow-up program. View Tom’s PDF Bio Here.
A Message From Tom:
Hi Everybody! Here’s a photo of the most important people in my life: my wife Casie and our four kids! We were married in 2003, and since then we’ve been on the journey of a lifetime, helping our own kids and helping kids around the world. Through the years, we have seen that every kid needs a trusted adult in their life, and even as adults, we still need mentors!
As a student, my trusted adult was Mrs. Burdick, my English Teacher. She taught me how to talk through my hurts and let go of the pain in a positive way, so I didn’t have to stay a victim forever (that’s what I call being “Victimproof”). She helped me develop emotional intelligence, and I learned the power of positive choices, the power of character. That season was a huge turning point in my own mental health journey.
I believe today, our country is experiencing a mental health crisis. We have many kids flying under the radar WITH deteriorating mental health and WITHOUT a trusted adult to talk to.
As a mental health speaker, I travel to schools and conferences around the world, so I know I can’t be these kids’ “trusted adult.” They need someone who is there for them every day, like a parent, or a teacher, or a counselor, or a youth worker. My story inspires them to get help and find that person.
My core message is all about taking personal responsibility for our attitudes and actions. When each of us finds that mentor, and when we learn to open up, it becomes the key to unlocking our full potential! To me, that is the secret: when we help kids improve their emotional intelligence and their mental health, that is the first step toward creating a positive school culture where every students feels safe and accepted.