Damon Parker, mental health champion and motivational speaker, spoke to area students at Memorial Hall on the morning of February 8, 2023. Over 500 students from area middle schools and high schools attended.
Parker, the Executive Director of The Jones Project, spent 21 years as a teacher, coach, and professional speaker in Kansas and Missouri. His gripping 60-minute presentation spoke about mental health illnesses, how to help those in crisis, and a new motivational way of thinking. The Rural Outreach Education Department sponsored the event.
“One of the goals of our Rural Postsecondary Economic & Development Grant is being a dedicated Project Director who oversees support services to rural students as to success in academics, personal well-being, and financial planning,’ explained Tamera Blaes, Rural Outreach Program Director. “Coach Damon Parker speaks about personal relationships and immediately connects with his audience to improve their morale, productivity, culture, and climate within their school. Coach Parker’s approach to speaking has helped thousands of audience members unlock their potential and create remarkable results in the workplace, on campus, and in the classroom. I found him to be very inspiring.”
Parker challenges audiences with a new way of thinking, providing the blueprint that associations, teachers, and students need to see an immediate improvement in their culture and overall productivity. Damon’s methodologies for success have been embraced by associations, organizations, educators, and campuses nationwide, making him one of the most versatile and sought-after presenters on the speaking circuit today.
“I have always enjoyed helping groups, and individuals get from where they are to where they want to be. I have been fortunate enough to learn from the best in the business, from Hall of Fame coaches to award-winning teachers. Now it is my mission to pay it forward and use my expertise to change the world, one audience at a time,” said Parker.