Blake Brandes

Hip-Hop Motivational Speaker, Dr. Blake Brandes, will be teaching our Whitney students about Empathy, Grit and the Growth Mindset on Monday 11/4/19.  The K-2 assembly will be from 9:30-10:00 am.  The 3-5 assembly will be from 10:15-10:45 am.  The adult presentation is from 1-1:45 pm.

Blake will present the work of Carol Dweck and Angela Duckworth in a fun, accessible manner that empowers children of all ages.  The presentation will include age-appropriate and engaging growth mindset and grit lessons infused with beatboxing, comedic storytelling, and family-friendly freestyle rapping.

“When students adopt a growth mindset, they become more resilient when facing challenges at school and at home, are less likely to give up, and believe more in their power to learn new things,” said Blake Brandes.

Blake uses his talents as a hip-hop artist to capture the imagination of students and encourages them to pursue their dreams and aspirations.  He is very skilled at reaching into the hearts and minds of students as he engages them in thinking about the endless possibilities for future success.

Through a demonstration of his passion for beatboxing and freestyle rap, along with stories of his own struggle to achieve his goals, Brandes brings energy and enthusiasm to the stage that allows him to connect with students.  Brandes has shared his presentation with 200,000 students, educators, and parents across the country, and he performed 348 Growth Mindset presentations in 29 states last year.

Source: Yakima School District