February 26, 2015 – Cannonsburg
Jerry Ackerman, student speaker, visited both Boyd County Middle and Boyd County High schools Thursday. His comments touched on many issues facing middle and high school students.
After speaking to the high school assembly, some students were treated to a special breakout workshop on leadership.
Jerry lives just outside Indianapolis, IN with Mitzi, his wife of 19 years, and his five children, ranging from 2 years old to 14 years old. From his family, Jerry gets a lot of material for the stage and is able to connect with all generations and ages.
From his days as a teacher and youth coach, Jerry has seen the “underbelly” of youth culture with the attempted suicides, the broken homes, the domestic violence, and the teen drama. He has the perspective of what it’s like to live “in the trenches” with youth and develop those relationships.
Years ago, he was given the opportunity to speak full-time to teens throughout the world. His passion is to connect with students to let them realize they have potential pitfalls, they have certain challenges, but they have incredible opportunity and potential.