Keynote Speaker, TED Presenter & Global Positivity Advocate
Aaron Stark was almost a school shooter. As a dark and destructive teen, Stark almost committed a terrible attack. Today he is a happy father of four, and wants to do all he can to help anyone on that path to find a way into the light again, and to see that they matter. Read More >
I Was Almost A School Shooter | Aaron Stark | TEDxBoulder
Treated Like A Person
Stepping Out of the Cycle
The Only Way Out is Through
Gun Control v. Mental Health
Westminster High Speech
Mississippi School Nurses Convention
The main message is always how to identify, talk to and deal with those people on the edge of or in the depths of depression or angry issues. The main presentation is very emotional but uplifting, with multiple tangible takeaways for students, teachers, law enforcement, or anyone who has people with these issues in their lives. The message can be distilled to "Give love to the ones you feel deserve it the least, they need it the most."
"Aaron’s presentation was nothing like I had expected it to be. Listening to his story, I found myself asking how it’s possible for a student to get to where he was. It’s easy to think that with social services, welfare programs, and all of the resources we know are available to students, we’ve solved these issues. But the fact of the matter is that most, if not all, of these resources were available when he was in school, and they did him no good. In fact, some of them brought him more harm than good. Hearing Aaron’s story and perspective helped to shed light on how students experiencing poverty, abuse, or traumas of almost any kind may view their peers, adults, and the world. Aaron mentioned that one of the best things we can do for these students is to actually see them and treat them like people. It seems easy enough, but in the hustle and bustle of grading, lesson planning, and classroom management, it’s really easy to overlook the student who disengages all hour or be silently relieved when the student who usually stinks up the classroom is absent. Sometimes we educators need a hard reset to remind us that our students are humans, with very real struggles, concerns, and oftentimes traumas that we could be completely unaware of. If I can help a student realize that they aren’t alone, that they have value, and that they deserve love, they will have learned far more than if they can recite all 150 prepositions or properly cite a source using MLA."
"Aaron was a wonderful speaker for our teachers. His genuine lesson of resiliency and survival in the midst of a traumatic childhood struck a core with everyone. He has a true passion for helping others see the benefits of connecting, and for being there for others when they need it. His information was vital to learning how to protect our students from others and even protect our students from themselves when necessary."
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