Young students face strong winds. We create the support to help them find their voice.
We are a team of people working to redefine the boundaries of school culture development.
We’re experts at assessing problems and providing the right tools to solve them.
All of our products and services are offered with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Founded by JC Pohl & Erahm Christopher, TEEN TRUTH was started to help schools build school culture and empower student voice. Inspired by the award-winning, student-shot film series, the movement is designed to promote student-centered education initiatives. TEEN TRUTH’s efforts start with the highly motivational TEEN TRUTH: School Assembly, which is supplemented with films, stories, and activities designed to engage students and develop school culture. Our goal is to spark an honest discussion about the current struggles your teenagers face.
We also offer the TEEN TRUTH: Leadership Summit, which redefines student leadership and allows schools to transform every attendee into a viable difference maker. This leadership program helps students, educators, and parents understand the most critical issues on campus, and create a plan of action to overcome those challenges.
TEEN TRUTH’s RISING UP: Coaching Program extends our efforts a step further by serving as a life-changing SEL curriculum that admins and counselors can use to build student resilience. Focused on changing the language around bullying, suicidal ideation, and life challenges, this peer-to-peer curriculum teaches students the social-emotional skills needed to thrive in the real world.
Everything that we are doing to help schools is brought about through our team members, marketing partners, and clients. Our reach includes schools and conferences in all education-related arenas. In briefest terms, our goal is simple: to empower student voice in every aspect of education.
After Experiencing TEEN TRUTH
Students Are More Willing to Report Bullying
Students Believe Bullying is More Serious
Students Believe Bullying Can Cause Harm
(Confirmed by an Independent Study on TEEN TRUTH)
JC Pohl, LMFT
President & CEO
JC Pohl is an award-winning producer, nationally recognized speaker, and certified counselor who has reached over 10 million people with his efforts to build school culture and empower student voice. He has produced ground-breaking programs such as TEEN TRUTH and RISING UP, and award-winning content for companies such as Warner Brothers, ESPN, and Disney. He has also provided innovative educational content for The American Film Institute and Human Relations Media.
His school culture work with TEEN TRUTH has sent him around the world, inspiring students, educators, and parents to tell hard truths and be the difference. During his career, Pohl has been featured on news programs, radio shows, and has received front-page coverage on USA Today and Yahoo! Sports. He has keynoted conferences for CADA, TASC, BOOST, NASC, LEAD, NCSA, NASSCED, ACE, DECA, Texas School Safety Center, COSA, SC AMLE, OASC, DECA, and the PTA. Additionally, he has consulted for brands such as Six Flags, Lifetouch, Union Pacific, Special Olympics, The Miami Dolphins, The Baltimore Ravens, and SHRM Chapters in Maine, New England, and Texas.
To compliment TEEN TRUTH, he also developed RISING UP, an SEL curriculum designed to teach students to build resiliency in the face of adversity. Launched in 2013, Pohl’s RISING UP: Coaching Program has reached students across the country and consists of a peer-to-peer program used by school counselors, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas School Safety Center, 21st Century ACE Centers, Communities in Schools and other leading education related organizations across the country.
Pohl is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University, San Marcos, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing from Santa Clara University. Additionally, he has sat on the board of the Austin Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and manages a small private practice for select counseling clients. You can find him on Facebook and LinkedIn or connect directly at www.jcpohl.com.
Speaker / Trainer
Growing up Jared Scott faced many of the same challenges that your students face. Struggles in his home life, disconnection at school, and constant frustration finding his voice, left him feeling like a marginalized teenager in a West Texas city that simply didn’t understand him. Scott empathetically feels the pressure of being a teenager in today’s world, but through all of this adversity, he has become a true-life example of TEEN TRUTH’s mission to empower student voice and build school culture across North America.
Scott started working to become a hip-hop artist at the age of 7. His song “Life Lessons” has become an anthem for students searching for hope, and his youthful voice serves as a navigational beacon for teens that face challenges every day. For more information, or to see his music video, visit www.teentruth.net/jaredscott
Speaker / Trainer
Michelle Jeovanny is a transformational speaker and thought leader that found her voice after living hard truths. As a teen, she fled extreme domestic abuse in the Dominican Republic, and spent months as a homeless youth on the streets of the South Bronx. She persevered against all odds, and ultimately landed a job on Wall Street at the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Having walked in the same shoes as so many teens, she believes that today’s students hold the answers to their challenges and can lead our world with socially-centered hearts. She understands first hand the disconnection, depression, and suicidal ideation that teens face today, and she isn’t afraid to face hard conversations that many would find uncomfortable.
Michelle holds a Bachelor’s in International Business, Marketing and Finance from Long Island University. She is a certified transformational trainer and life coach, and one of TEEN TRUTH’s most passionate motivational speakers.
Speaker / Trainer
Caleb Campbell is a West Point graduate, former Army Officer and ex-NFL Linebacker. After a college football career at West Point full of accolades and awards, Caleb made history when he was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 2008 NFL Draft. He is the American dream that most students strive to become, but it wasn’t until he was cut for the last time by the Kansas City Chiefs that he was forced to face a hard truth: He had a lived a life of strength on the outside, but internally he was falling apart.
Despite living out his childhood dream and having a life that many would envy, a day never went by where Caleb felt he’d found his place in this world. Having lived through rejection, depression, self medication, and thoughts of suicide, Caleb understands the pressures that your students are facing. He has endured an internal struggle to hide his truth, and has overcome it by finding his voice. Caleb is a leading mental health advocate for teens and student athletes around the world, and one of TEEN TRUTH’s best speakers.
Penny Knight joined TEEN TRUTH in 2018. She has enjoyed 14 years in education, and has been a certified school counselor for the past 6. Her monthly TEEN TRUTH blogs and lesson plans help educators tackle social-emotional issues and bridge the gap between student voice and school culture.
Sarah came to TEEN TRUTH with 14 years of teaching experience, and 7 years serving as an instructional coach at the Gresham-Barlow School District. She’s a perfect addition to our team, offering monthly advice on ways to motivate, inspire, and lead teachers throughout the school year. CLICK HERE to watch a short video on 3 great ways to motivate and inspire teachers.
Client Services Coordinator
Having worked in the healthcare industry since 2009, Callie Pohl joined the TEEN TRUTH team in 2015. She coordinates school events and fields client questions. Born in south Louisiana, Callie’s genuine smile, polite nature and sunny disposition extend her brand of southern hospitality to the TEEN TRUTH client base.
Client Services Coordinator
With a rock solid background in marketing and communication, Audrey serves as TEEN TRUTH’s client services coordinator. She helps reach out to past clients, and educate incoming clients regarding TEEN TRUTH’s ability to build school culture and empower student voice.
Having worked with TEEN TRUTH since its inception, Shane Williamson is a cornerstone of the company’s success. Shane fills multiple roles for the company, editing video segments, servicing product requests, and developing client relations. A true filmmaker by trade, Williamson also works as the Executive Director of the TEEN TRUTH: Film Festival, where he curates student created films from around the world.
Every great company needs a talented wordsmith to articulate its message. Ryan McKernan serves as TEEN TRUTH’s lead copywriter for all of our marketing and communications efforts. Additionally, he has written Building School Culture From the Inside Out and Building Resilient Students From the Inside Out with TEEN TRUTH Co-founder, JC Pohl. His abbreviated portfolio can be viewed here.