John Maxwell Team Global Youth Initiative teaches children, teens leadership skills


By Jessica Hoover

Throughout October, speakers from the John Maxwell Team Global Youth Initiative are visiting schools and youth-serving organizations to help children and teenagers overcome problems such as struggles with confidence, fear of failure, bullying and more.

According to Randy Wheeler, a Fishers resident and a member of the John Maxwell Team, the JMT Global Youth Initiative is a free event that helps youth with leadership development and positive self-image.

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When Wheeler speaks to youth for the JMT Global Youth Initiative, he generally uses the YouthMAX Plus program, which focuses on the story of YouthMAX Ambassador Nick Vujicic, a man with no arms or legs. Vujicic is the best-selling author of books on leadership and overcoming difficulties and is a motivational speaker.

The YouthMAX Plus program has five leadership lessons: 3 Important Letters – Y.O.U.; Failure is Important to Success; Your True Strength; 5 Steps of Success; and Kind Connection. The first lesson, 3 Important Letters – Y.O.U., focuses on positive self-image and Failure is Important to Success focuses on overcoming failure and believing in yourself. Your True Strength helps youth identify and know their strengths; 5 Steps of Success discusses daily success and growth habits; and Kind Connection helps youth learn how to lift up and be kind to others.

“The youth are leading today and they obviously are going to be the leaders of tomorrow,” Wheeler said. “What we do through the Global Youth Initiative is we give them foundational principles rooted in values that are universal to help them see that they can change the world in a positive way now and in the future.”

The JMT Global Youth Initiative also will run through April 2019. For more or to learn how a member of the John Maxwell Team can speak at a school or youth-serving organization, contact Randy Wheeler at [email protected].