"Through service to others, you [Jay Goldman] demonstrate the outstanding character of America and help strengthen our country" -President George W. Bush, 43rd President of The United States
Connecting with students through his story of service.
Jay Goldman is a presidential award-winning volunteer advocate and youth speaker. For the better part of twenty years, he has created grassroots community movements, has volunteered thousands of hours for various not-for-profits, and has been a passionate, outspoken advocate for community service. His initiatives have been recognized in the New York Daily News, on radio, and with examiner.com.
Jay has spoken for charitable organizations such as The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Cross-Cultural Solutions, and Ashoka's Youth Venture. He is a founding team member of Lift Up Long Island, a grassroots not-for-profit that trains students to become social entrepreneurs.
In 2007, Jay received The Call to Service, Presidential Volunteer Service Award from The Corporation for National & Community Service on behalf of President George W. Bush. Many Americans have been awarded some degree of the President's Volunteer Service Award, but very few have been awarded its highest honor, the President's Call to Service Award. An honor usually given to Americans after a lifetime of volunteer service, Jay received it at age 25.
Drawing form years of hands-on practical experience, Jay has developed a unique narrative on volunteer service by working with both local and international communities. Committed to working with youth, Jay specializes in teaching youth character education, through kindness. Jay's keynote, Impact Now, and workshop, Building Your Vision, were created from his experience working as an executive for a national seminar company. Both are tailored to compliment any school's social and emotional learning program.
What people are saying about Jay
"For a group of teens that demand respect and hard work in order to earn trust- Jay won them over fairly easily. Not only did Jay's impact on these teens show on their faces - but the stories he told stayed with them long afterwards. Jay Goldman had the attention and respect from-every single teen present at his speech. It was as if Jay understood these teens and these teens understood Jay. From the tone of his voice, to the passion in his gestures, Jay was absolutely sensational."
"As an advisor to the youth squad and a teacher for 17 years, the most interesting fact for me was that the [teens] were still talking about Mr. Goldman's speech for some time after. He provided them with techniques that they could walk away with and use immediately. If given the opportunity, I know Jay Goldman will provide any group with a wonderful, thought provoking program. He has an amazing ability to relate with today' s youth and provide them with the inspiration and guidance that could change their life."
"I have had the distinct pleasure of hearing Mr. Goldman speak at two public events. He has eloquently spoken about his experience as an international volunteer and the positive impact of cultural exchange. His speeches are vivid in detail, inspiring, and have a huge impact on those who are present. He is a person who is committed to making a difference. Mr. Goldman is an outstanding speaker and I highly recommend Mr. Goldman for any inspirational speaking opportunities."
"Jay possesses all of the skills that mark the most seasoned, proficient, and powerful speaker: the ability to authentically engage persons of any demographic and a compassionate spirt that informs his impeccable ethics. He has the uncommon ability to utilize the art of speaking to inspire audiences to live at their highest possibility, regardless of their lot in life. I highly recommend Jay as a speaker. You will find him to be one of the most authentic, generous and honorable human beings you come to meet."
"Thank you very much for speaking at the Building Bridges Coalition launch to increase international volunteerism. When you delivered your moving speech to the crowd, it was clear how strongly and sincerely you felt about the power of an individual making a difference in the world."
"There is no finer man than Jay. He is personable, organized, and professional in his position as a speaker/presenter and seminar coordinator. He has the ability to engage anyone with sincere interest and genuine concern with his honesty and willingness to do whatever it takes to satisfy the audience’s needs. What stands out most about Jay is his integrity, loyalty, and high level of commitment to being of service. if given the opportunity to hire or work with Jay, I’d highly recommend taking it and adding a valuable asset to your organization or team."