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College Orientation, Student Retention and Success, and Student Leadership 


Ultimately this program is intentionally designed to help increase each audience members chance of success in college and future career aspirations.

In this session, Sylvester highlights his unique journey to entrepreneurial success that started as a 17 year old kid working his way through college. He shares his story of going from bootstrapping his business to having a nationally recognized brand with Fortune 500 clients.. Sylvester discusses the link between passion and success, the need for supreme confidence,   the entrepreneurial mindset, and more. The audience will most importantly be educated,  inspired, and walk away with actionable  items to help increase their chances of success in their future business or career aspirations.



This presentation can be delivered as a keynote or workshop, ranging from 30–60 minutes long, depending on your needs. The ideal keynote length is 45 minutes.



Through the completion of this session and/or activities students will learn to identify  their passions; How to use their personal experiences to be confident in achieving their future goals; How to apply the entrepreneurial mindset to their lives to increase their odds of success; How to create a simple daily plan with actionable  items to execute their goals.  Ultimately this program is intentionally designed to help increase each audience members chance of success in college and future career aspirations.



Here’s what you can expect from Sylvester


1) Prompt, professional replies to your phone calls and email messages.


2) A personal phone consultation with me prior to your event, so I can better understand how I can best serve you and your audience.


3) An announcement about your event on my social media channels. (This assumes that your event is open to the public and you want additional visibility for it.)


4) A professionally prepared, dynamically delivered presentation focused on achieving the outcomes you want with your audience.


5) A custom resource page, exclusively created for your attendees. It will include links to books, articles, and other resources I believe will be helpful.


6) A quick follow-up communication after the event, to make sure I met your expectations. (I also want to know how you think I can improve.)

Funding Ideas

1. Share Sylvester with another school in your area on the same day. Sylvester's fee is cut nearly in HALF for your school if you share Sylvester with another school. Sylvester can speak at your school in the morning, a neighboring school in the afternoon and then catch a flight home. Sylvester speaks to more students, you save money…it's a win for everyone. Sylvester is super easy to promote to other schools and decision makers…just forward them a link to and share your plan. 

2. Check with your school administration for funding from the Associated Student Body fund. For teacher in-service programs, ask about Staff Development -- Title VI funding.

3. Plan to integrate and highlight Sylvester into a major theme such as cultural awareness week, Career Day, Entrepreneur Week, Black History Month, etc. Depending on your theme, federal grant money might be available. For example, Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) might approve a funding request for a speaker who addresses alcohol and drug prevention, sexual abstinence, tobacco use, teen pregnancy, gangs, crime and violence prevention. Check with your school district or federal government office to find out who is dispensing these funds in your state. Request an application form.

4. Apply for other grant monies from your state by contacting your State Department of Human Services and State Department of Education. They can direct you to the correct office -- for example, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. Contact other local agencies in your county that already have grant monies from state agencies. For example, the Criminal Justice Department or Department of Public Safety might have distributed funds into mental health agencies or programs for mentoring youth, etc.

5. Contact your school's PTO/PTA. Share your plans with them. They are more likely to contribute funds if your plan is well thought out.

6. Have student leaders contact local business organizations: Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Lions Club, Elks, Chamber of Commerce. Present your plan and request their sponsorship.

7. Create a win-win situation. Contact several of your larger local businesses, especially those related to services for teens and their families. Ask for the owner, CEO or Community Services Department. If they are willing to help sponsor the speaker, you can exchange the favor by announcing their support to your students and parents.

8. Invite multiple clubs, fraternities, sororities on campus to participate and help in a fund raising project. A cooperative effort helps students collaborate and learn about the realities of time and effort in acquiring funding in the real world.
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