Want to engage every student in your classroom? Participants who attend the proposed session
will learn 1) how to speak the language of today’s youth using relevant multimedia, physical
activities, and visual metaphors; 2) how youth can take the challenges they face in life and
channel them in a positive direction; and 3) how to guide youth in building positive support
systems. Ultimately, this presentation will provide the audience with tools to help students in
any tier answer the question, “Why try in life?”
Emphasizing the importance of multiple intelligence approaches, this presentation will highlight
the significance of teaching youth social and emotional life skills in ways youth can relate to and
remember. The multiple intelligence approaches emphasized in this presentation will include
videos, music, hands-on activities, journaling, discussion, and ten visual metaphors.
The ten strategies addressed in this session center around these easy-to-understand ten visual
metaphors. Using PowerPoint, video, and activities, the audience will receive a walkthrough of
each of these metaphors while explaining what each teaches youth. The presentation will give
special focus to one metaphor in particular, entitled “The Reality Ride,” to demonstrate teaching
an entire lesson using multiple intelligence approaches. This lesson teaches youth that choices
have consequences, and shows them how to get on a path that leads them to opportunity,
freedom, and self-respect.
For 26 years, Bruce Bushnell has centered his career around promoting youth suc-
cess. This career began as a high school counselor, where Bruce devoted his time and
expertise as a member of the Executive High School Relations Board, senior vice president of the Alpine Counseling Association, and vice president of the Utah Counselor Association.
Bruce now helps youth succeed by presenting passionate WhyTry keynotes and trainings across the country. As an advocate of the program from its earliest days, Bruce is also the creator of many of the WhyTry learning activities, which are proven to help youth develop the social and emotional skills necessary to reach their goals.
Bruce also worked as the chairman for the Advancement of Youth Leadership at Utah Valley University. His honors and awards include Utah Counselor of the Year, Special Service Award for his district, First Lady Citizenship and Drug Prevention Award, and the national Drug-Free School Recognition Award, presented to him by President Bush at the White House Rose Garden.