Two years ago I dreamed up the idea of speaking to every student (K-12) in the state of Montana. I originally envisioned it as a 3-year full-time project … now I’ve decided it’s a 10-year part-time pursuit.
Why? To encourage every child to believe in themselves and take personal responsibility for their own future. To help them understand that their future success depends on the choices they make today, next month, next year, and every year thereafter. To help them understand – and believe – that they get to create their own future.
I was lucky … I had parents and teachers who taught me to take personal responsibility.
When you Live Your Life with Gumption, you take 100% personal responsibility for your thoughts, actions, and interactions with others. I believe every student in the state of Montana deserves to hear my message of Gumption.
Over the past 5 years, I’ve spoken with dozens of youth groups and students. The message of Gumption works, has been well received, and is memorable. For most of these speaking engagements I’ve been paid.
Here is the challenge. Schools and youth groups have limited budgets. I no longer want to ask schools and youth groups to pay my professional fee.
Therefore, I’ve decided to find a partner. I’m looking for a sponsor.
Here is my plan:
- Offer 30-40 speaking dates each year.
- Spend a full day at each school.
- Present 1 (or 2) general assemblies and then spend the rest of the day meeting in smaller groups/classrooms.
Use my connections with school administrators and counselors to fill the dates for the first year. I’ll then create a request form so that schools and youth groups can apply via this website.
My ideal sponsor is someone who:
- Believes strongly in personal responsibility
- Has a love for helping youth
- Has a love for the state of Montana
The sponsor could be an angel, a foundation, or a business.
Do you know someone who might want to sponsor the Montana Student Gumption Tour?