Dr. Blake Brandes, Ph.D. (TEDx and Youth Motivational Speaker, Hip-Hop Educator and Marshall Scholar, Co-Founder, Motivational Millennial LLC)
Blake’s assemblies feature age-appropriate and engaging Growth Mindset and Grit lessons infused with beatboxing, comedic storytelling, and family-friendly freestyle rapping. The presentations are customized differently for elementary, middle, and high school students with stories, humor, and messages that resonate with each audience.
The outcomes of the Growth Mindset and Grit assemblies are to help students feel excited to learn new things (rather than feeling afraid or discouraged) and to help them keep going when they encounter challenges in their educational and personal lives, and are based on the research of Carol Dweck (author of Mindset) and Angela Duckworth (author of GRIT). He also uses easy-to-remember call-and-response phrases to help students retain the key concepts after the assembly ends so that they feel empowered to learn, explore, and overcome obstacles for the rest of their lives. The assemblies culminate with a heart-pounding recounting of my America’s Got Talent journey that leaves students on the edge of their seats and feeling energized to face any challenges that arise in their future.
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