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Speaking Programs

Entertain. Inspire. Empower.

Are you looking to provide a not just a motivational youth speaker, but a memorable entertainer for your audience? Joe’s presentations are a mix of powerful stories from his travels and experiences, practical tools your audience can use immediately, and amazing skills in juggling, magic, and performing arts. Have Joe help create an impactful experience for your next event!

Joe’s brand of humor and communication will leave your students talking and thinking about their futures as they begin to turn “I can’t” into “How can I?” using the tools taught during the presentation. Joe challenges students to be their best selves and overcome obstacles in their path by having a “can-do” attitude. His D.R.E.A.M. acronym gives students a step-by-step method to reaching their goals and following their dreams.

Joe brings great energy and inspiration, and is able to connect with youth from all walks of life. He also offers eight funding resources to consider if you are interested in hiring him.

Joe’s programs currently focus on:

  • Middle school students
  • High school students
  • College students
  • Educators

Joe’s programs are designed for these events:

  • School assemblies
  • Leadership conferences
  • Orientation and welcome-back programs
  • Career fairs for students
  • Graduation and commencement programs
  • Educator workshops or training

Current Programs:

Make the Impossible Possible – for youth
How to Win Teens and Influence Students – for educators

“Make the Impossible Possible”

Audience: Teens and Young Adults

Length: 45 – 60 minutes

Making the decision to follow your heart and pursue your dreams against odds is hard for a young person, especially as many of today’s youth face challenges and adversity. Going through the process of seeing the path to take can, at times, be a difficult road to navigate. Joe Fingerhut speaks from the heart about issues that are real to young people today. He has faced adversity, suffered loss, and pursued his passions despite long odds. Joe connects with audiences using humor, magic, and relevant stories of his own adventures, and he has a knack for connecting each young person’s heart with a powerful message of hope. Joe is passionate about inspiring young people to dream bigger dreams, eliminate limits, and lead themselves, all the while teaching them the power of right choices, attitude, and character. He leaves them with tools to transform their lives and the world around them.

Topics Covered in “Make the Impossible, Possible” Include:

* The key question, “How Can I?”

* Leadership starts within.

* Listen to YOUR heart—no one else will.

* D.R.E.A.M., a simple method for setting and achieving goals.

How to Win Teens and Influence Students

Audience: Educators

45-60 Minutes

As a daily part of an important time (the teenage years!) in young people’s lives, teachers have amazing opportunities for positive influence. But… how do educators make a connection to teens? How do they maintain that connection, as well as keep up the passion that is essential to making a difference?  This interactive, engaging presentation introduces, explains, and reminds educators of how old-fashioned people skills can apply to today’s students.

Funding Resources

Eight Ways to Fund Joe’s Programs

1. Share Joe with another school in your area on the same day. Joe’s fee is cut nearly in HALF for your school if you share Joe with another school. Joe can speak at your school in the morning, a neighboring school in the afternoon, and then catch a flight home. Joe speaks to more students, you save money–it’s a win for everyone. Joe is easy to promote to other schools and decision makers; just forward them a link to and share your plan.

2. Check with your school administration for funding from the Associated Student Body fund. For teacher in-service programs, ask about Staff Development — Title VI funding.

3. Plan to integrate and highlight Joe into a major theme such as cultural awareness week, health day, Red Ribbon Week, etc. Depending on your theme, federal grant money might be available. For example, Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) might approve a funding request for a speaker who addresses alcohol and drug prevention, sexual abstinence, tobacco use, teen pregnancy, gangs, crime and violence prevention. Check with your school district or federal government office to find out who is dispensing these funds in your state. Request an application form.

4. Apply for other grant monies from your state by contacting your State Department of Human Services and State Department of Education. They can direct you to the correct office — for example, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. Contact other local agencies in your county that already have grant monies from state agencies. For example, the Criminal Justice Department or Department of Public Safety might have distributed funds into mental health agencies or programs for mentoring youth, etc.

5. Contact your school’s PTO/PTA. Share your plans with them. They are more likely to contribute funds if your plan is well thought out.

6. Have student leaders contact local business organizations: Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Lions Club, Elks, Chamber of Commerce. Present your plan and request their sponsorship.

7. Create a win-win situation. Contact several of your larger local businesses, especially those related to services for teens and their families. Ask for the owner, CEO or Community Services Department. If they are willing to help sponsor the speaker, you can exchange the favor by announcing their support to your students and parents.

8. Invite multiple clubs on campus to participate and help in a fundraising project. A cooperative effort helps students collaborate and learn about the realities of time and effort in acquiring funding in the real world.

Used with permission from Youth Speaker University.

*Note: All of Joe’s videos on this site are posted through If your school or organization does not have access to YouTube and you wish to watch a sample of Joe’s work please contact Joe at or 314.898.3872.

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For Educators

Joe has written a high-impact book that will change lives, save lives, and transform society for teens.

Inspire teens to climb higher and reach their dreams. Joe presents not only to students, but educators too.