In this talk, Jim breaks down bullying in two key elements. One, he encourages students to have the strength and belief in themselves not to “Surrender” their pride, self-worth nor dignity to people that bully them. Secondly, he tells stories that touch the students’ hearts so they think about how they talk to and treat others. Our words are a reflection of who we are and we should respect ourselves to treat others with kindness. He addresses accepting others for their differences whether it is social, economic, race or sexual orientation.
He teaches the students the importance of being an Upstander and not a bystander. He empowers them to have each other’s back and look out for each other. By high school, students have heard or feel they have heard all these messages before. The reason WHY Jim’s program is so effective, is because he engages students and connects with them so they feel he is talking “To” them and “Not” at them. If you have a great message, but don’t connect with your audience you have failed to make a difference. Jim’s program will make a difference not only with your students but with your staff.
Jim Basketball Jones’ most requested assembly. Performed over 3,000 times, this student assembly walks students through Jim’s journey from struggling dyslexic to collegiate overachiever. Adapted for high school students, this assembly emphasizes the necessary tools for personal development and success in life, such as goal setting, staying with commitments, and making positive life choices.
This assembly involves students in a handful of team activities that challenge the students to think through the consequences of drug use. Learning to distinguish between good choices, bad choices and MY choices lies at the heart of this important talk. Jim’s anti-drug assemblies are applicable to all ages, but it’s especially helpful to students during these formative years.