COVID-19 / Virtual Programs
In these times, more than ever, we must continue to focus on the mental health of our kids and help them in prioritizing their own self care. The presentations that I do can help create honest and healthy conversations while addressing the issues young people face. And, even though I may not be able to be there in person, I still want to be there for you. I've been doing this for twenty years and, honestly, the last few months have been challenging for me. Because of the pandemic and regulations I have not been able to do the thing that gives me purpose and flow to my life. Like you in your respective vocations, I find myself saying, "this is not what I envisioned when I took this gig." But, the great thing is, with creativity and hard work we are finding new ways to connect. In fact, even when this is over I would like to incorporate some of the new online and virtual ways I've discovered to reach our kids. So here's the thing:
I’d love to visit your school either virtually or in person and I have some programs I can tailor specifically for your students in 6th- 12th grade. Here's three options.
Option One: This involves me recording a 30-45 minute presentation consisting of storytelling, testimony, and maybe some poetry. It’s often a little humorous and creative as well as being vulnerable and thought provoking. After the students view it, I make myself available to do a livestream session and/or Q&A.
Option Two: This involves me sending schools copies of my newly reprinted graphic novel instead of me. This is a first class, 132 page, professionally illustrated and sold-in-comic-stores graphic novel. Not to pat myself on the back, but, it's awesome. Kids and adults love it. This reprint also features four new pages at the end which tell the stories of four young people who have struggled with addiction, anxiety, and depression. It packs a punch but is still entertaining and something a kid will WANT to read. So, I send you those books. They are yours for the school or students to keep. I'll even sign them if you like. And then after your students have read “Dirt: The Graphic Novel,” I discuss it with them, live, online and talk about my life a little. This can be done as one big group webinar or in individual healing circle type groups.
Option Three: This is 20-45 minutes and is me doing a show featuring poems and stories from my book Buckshot Words AND I’m accompanied by a painter and a musician in the background as I speak. So cool. So creative. And the message is powerful. I love it. It’s such a different approach than Zoom calls. Kids are loving it. And then, after the show, we send the paintings that were created to your school for the kids to hang in a classroom or hallway.
None of these are generic. They are tailored to YOUR school specifically and I will not be seated at a desk as a talking head…Unless that’s what you prefer:) These can be prerecorded or live streamed. I prefer a prerecorded type show so, if there's tech problems, we can simply pause and fix it rather than have me continuing on unaware that the live feed is down:)
Ideally, I’d like to have the same pricing as my show Dirt which is $2500 per show.
However, I understand times are a little tough for all of us so we can talk about pricing.
If you choose Option Three, which is my personal favorite, keep in mind that, because it’s so unique with more moving parts, there is a little less wiggle room for discounts because I'm also paying a musician, painter, space rental etc.
Let me know which of these you’d like to book or let’s come up with a different approach that works for you.