For grades: K-12
Requirements for live visit: I use a power wheelchair and need a gymnasium or auditorium that is wheelchair accessible. I also need accessible ground transportation and lodging when I fly to a destination. I am willing and able to travel in a school’s lift-equipped bus.
Fees for live visit: $850 to $1,500 a day for a school, $1,500 to $2,000 for a conference — plus travel expenses.
Funding: Over the years, schools have been very creative in finding ways to fund my program and/or materials. Here are a few suggestions of possible funding sources:
Drug-Free Schools Money (yes, there is a way), Earmarked Federal Special Education Staff Development Dollars, Diversity Money, Violence Prevention/Safe-Schools Money. Tobacco Settlement Money, Parent Teacher Groups, Education Cooperatives, School Assembly Fund, Student Activity Fund, Vending Machine Fund, Media Center Funds, Staff Development Fund, Student Groups — Student Council, SADD, DECA, VICA, FBLA, FCCLA, FLA, FHA, FFA, BPA — or other student groups, Civic Groups — (Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, American Legion, Optimists, Knights of Columbus, VFW, Auxiliaries, etc.), Community Education Programs, Local Businesses, Corporations or Foundations, various other grant programs through your State Department of Education, or . . .
Motivational Speaker & Health Educator »
When you speak, you have a way of teaching people when they don't even know it. You are the most inspirational person that I think I have ever known. --- Jaime, 8th Grade
Mike Patrick got the electric chair and lived to tell about it — the electric wheelchair, that is. Mike is a motivational speaker and health educator with good news to tell. The good news is, we are all very capable people. We all need to recognize those capabilities and then use them. Mike helps you do just that with candor, wit and humor.
He does school assemblies for all ages. Everything he does is based on the premise: “The problem isn’t the issue, the issue is how you deal with the problem.” With that in mind, he tailors his presentations to meet the objectives of the day.
Mike says, “I have addressed over ninety different topics — from attitude to values, from A.D.A. to teamwork, from character to trust, from communication to risk-taking, from bullying to tolerance, from boundaries to transition. When I visit a school, I like to spend the whole day. After my assembly or assemblies, I spend the rest of the day visiting classrooms building on points from my program. It’s also a time to get students involved in experiential learning exercises and engaged in Q & A sessions. I have a wonderful opportunity to teach them just how capable they are. By the time I am done, they will have done things they never thought possible.”
Just ask his audience. Mike Patrick is a lot of positive adjectives, adjectives that will change and improve lives. Patrick, a quadriplegic since age 16 as a result of a football injury, is a health educator who converts limitations to achievements.
Mike’s presentation, Think About It, helps individuals overcome obstacles, creatively solve problems, affect attitudes, change perceptions and perform successfully — at work, at school and at home. His message includes candor, wit and humor.
Mike Patrick is a realist. When asked why he feels his presentation is important, particularly to school kids, he says, “I want them to start thinking and to learn if you think things through, you can find a solution to just about any problem. The problem isn’t the issue, the issue is how you deal with the problem.”
Mike’s latest written work is a chapter in Lead NOW or Step Aside which addresses overcoming adversity. Released in January 2000, Lead NOW is sixteen chapters packed full of advice for young leaders. This book — and more — may be purchased through Mike’s web site at www.patcom.com.