HERO Challenge

What You Get

If you’re looking for a one day, stand-alone event at your school which will create a ripple effect that will last, we offer three great options.

Option 1 – In the Assembly for your entire student body, age appropriate for Middle and High School Students, John speaks on how he overcame obstacles in his past and gives some key take-aways on how others can do the same.

Option 2 – HERO Training is for the student on campus who wields influence, whether they know it or not.  In this 90 minute session, students are equipped with several tools to live each day on purpose.  In the 40+ page workbook that accompanies this session, students are challenged to identify a project over the next 21 days which they can achieve positive change on their school campus and in their own personal lives.

Option 3 – Positive Youth Development is a model of doing things that is rocking the education world with amazing results all over the U.S. and beyond!  With some tweaks in thinking, your education team will be equipped with 6 foundational elements to provide an atmosphere where students can thrive both inside and outside of the classroom.

HERO Talks InfoSheet

HERO Training - 7 Big Ideas

What people say after John’s talk


With 20 years of experience communicating to audiences, John is as passionate as ever about sharing his message of hope for one's future self!

Interested in having John speak at your school or next group event? Email lauren@lifethatcounts.com for inquiries.


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To be honest, your speech today at Johnstown really got to me. I appreciate that you came to our school. I already had a future planned for me and I've gone through a lot of things, but I chose the path of not turning out like everyone in my family. I chose the better path. That speech put me in my bag, but it also lifted my spirits because if you of all people could do what you did, then my goals can be achieved. Thanks a lot for that.     -Maddy, High School Student


Thanks a lot for coming in to talk to us, it really means a lot to me and i hope to the others.   You really opened my eyes to a lot of things just by what you said.    Thanks for sharing all that you had to say, it really makes me want to make a difference in my community and even my own life.  Thanks a ton.

-Shaun, High School Student



"A few months ago I was in a really dark place in my life...at times, it was hard to sit and listen to what you were saying but I realized it was only the truth & it was gonna help guide me to somewhere better and more healthy...I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to visit my school and that you have no idea how much you helped me!"

-Shanel, High School Student


"This encourages me to do things for others."

-Brandon, High School Student


"John Williams is a dynamic speaker filled with humor and interaction...!"
-Mark, Veteran Student Services Provider

"I've learned to set boundaries and to treat others like I want to be treated"
-Keana, High School Student

"Whatever you have to do, get this guy in front of your students." -Peggy Dodds, Principal



Thanks for that amazing speech you gave our school on Friday!  It taught me to keep on moving forward and not to give up in the hard times.  When you talked to me, afterwards, it was exactly what I needed after a bad week. Thank you so much!  Now every time things get rough I will remember what you said, "Never give up in the tough times, always keep your head high!"?

-Myah, High School Student


"Hearing your story has helped me because it was similar to mine! To be quite honest this saved my life. I was on a terrible path. Now I wanna share my story if it will help someone else."
-Makayla, high school student


"This guy interacts great with the students and really meets them on their level. His message is challenging and relevant."
-Sam, High School Football Coach and A.D.


"You're doing a really great job, John, and I hope that one day I can help people like you have."
-Noelia, high school student


"John knocked it out of the park! A home run for everyone in the room!"
-Nate, History Teacher and Softball Coach


"...you were phenomenal full of passion and life and you could relate to youth of all races, gender and ages!! Personally my daughter attended your class and loved it!"
-Elycia, Executive Director of Friends First