More Than Just an Anti-Bullying Program

Middle school is such an important time of life. However, it can also be a very difficult and challenging time for some students.

Matt Wilhelm’s middle school assembly program empowers students to stand up for one another, stand up for themselves, and be everyday heroes.

Matt performs and speaks at over 300 different schools PER YEAR… many of them middle schools. His program is perfectly aligned with PBIS, Social-Emotional Learning, Olweus, and Second Step programs.

Matt’s middle school program covers ALL THREE of the following topics:

  • Never Give Up / Growth Mindset
  • Bullying Prevention / Kindness
  • Resilience

More information about each topic can be found on the topics pages:

Performing a middle school assembly about bullying, kindness, and respect.

The Show

Matt Wilhelm’s school assembly program is designed to entertain, educate, and empower. He creatively mixes BMX bike tricks with his own inspiring stories of beating the odds en route to becoming a BMX National Champion.

In addition to his BMX skills, Matt is also a gifted storyteller. He is FUNNY. He is INTERESTING. He is CAPTIVATING. What makes these stories powerful is that they are from his own personal experiences.

Middle school students can apply his messages about respect, responsibility, and resilience to their own everyday lives.

This is not only the most exciting school assembly you will ever host, but also the one of the best messages your students will ever hear.

His stories are truly unforgettable.

Matt really understands how to deliver a message and keep everyone engaged. He understands how to captivate middle school students and this is not an easy task. He reinforces his message throughout the entire presentation. Teachers and students have gone out of their way to tell me how much they appreciated the presentation.

Aaron Tarnutzer - Principal, Indian Mound Middle School
I have been an educator for 15 years and a mom for many many more! I have to tell you that your words today at our school assembly were amongst the most empowering I have EVER heard. You are absolutely amazing. You are an inspiration and a HERO to us all!

I strive for creating kind kids. I embed Social Emotional Learning curriculum into my day, what you taught us today was life altering.

THANK YOU for sharing!Liz Stephan - Teacher, Hunting Ridge School

Buying In

Do your students buy in? Do they want to take action on the speaker’s message? Many times middle school students are skeptical of “motivational speakers” and tune them out before they even start talking.

To get through to middle school students you must first earn their respect.

Matt has instant respect with middle school audiences. Before he even steps in front of the crowd, Matt will have won them over. He is a two-time National Champion and three-time X Games Medalist. Your students will be amazed that someone who was called “A Million Dollar Act” is performing at their school.

From Matt’s opening line students will be laughing out loud. Laugher is the key to breaking down the barriers of skeptical students. Once Matt has won them over, he shares his story. Your students will relate to Matt as he speaks to them as someone who is on their side.

After the show your students will beg for selfies, autographs, and high fives. More importantly, they leave the assembly empowered and ready to make a difference.

You came to my school BJHS a week ago. You were amazing and everyone loved hearing what you had to say. A lot of kids at my school won't listen to events like that, but they listened to you.

Lydia - Middle School Student (Received via Instagram)
Matt Wilhelm receiving a standing ovation for his anti-bullying program at a middle school assembly.
Matt receiving a standing ovation from students and staff after his performance.

Show Details

The show runs about 45 minutes in duration. Matt can shorten if necessary, but in order to get the full message across 45 minutes is needed.

Matt can present to the entire school at once, provided there is enough space. Breaking down the school into smaller audiences can be more effective, but is not necessary.

Matt Wilhelm provides his own sound equipment, microphone, table, and everything necessary for a show.

The only requirements are access to electricity and at least 25×50 feet of performance space (hard, flat surface such as gymnasium, concrete, parking lot, or asphalt). Matt Wilhelm’s school assembly program is fully insured and carries a $2,000,000 general commercial liability policy.

Matt’s bike is safe for your gym floor. He has special non-marking tires and has performed halftime for the Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, and many other NBA and NCAA teams. His bike meets their strict requirements for what they allow on the floors.

Shows can be performed inside or outside. Indoor venues are usually preferred as they provide a more focused learning environment.  Matt Wilhelm is based in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois, but he travels frequently.

Follow Up Materials – Hero Inside

Matt Wilhelm’s school assembly program also includes Hero Inside, a FREE video series and discussion guide for teachers to use in the classroom.

Matt’s program is meant to last longer than just 45-minutes.  The messages and lessons can last a lifetime and can improve student behavior and school culture.

Students are constantly told to stand up for one another, but they are often not told how.  Many anti-bullying programs don’t address the fears that students may have when standing up for someone.

Hero inside helps students overcome their fears of standing up for others.  It gets to the heart of why students are bystanders, builds courage, and give concrete strategies and actions to stop a bullying situation.

Each Hero Inside lesson includes a short 3-5 minute video, key points, and discussion questions / role playing scenarios. Here is some additional information about Hero Inside:

  • Grade level specific
  • Strategies on how to safely speak up in a bullying situation
  • Role playing situations
  • Shows what bullying looks like
  • Builds courage
  • Gets to the heart of why students are bystanders
  • Gets students to overcome their fears of speaking up
  • Gives concrete actions on how to stop a bullying situation

This can be a very effective tool for teachers to use and amplify Matt’s message.

Watch Matt’s School Assembly Preview

Google Reviews

Raul Gaston
Raul Gaston
18:55 10 Dec 17
It's a challenge to find presenters for middle school students who can do a great job. Matt is the full package!!! His messages of anti-bullying and never quitting are delivered in a way that middle school students are able to easily relate. The BMX tricks are simply amazing and Matt's humor retains students engagement at all times. Of high value are the follow-up lessons that Matt has designed to help teachers and students continue the conversations after the assembly in the classroom. I highly recommend Matt to your school for an inspirational and engaging presentation!Raul Gaston, PrincipalJefferson Middle School, Villa Park, IL.read more
Bill Vala
Bill Vala
13:26 05 Dec 17
We recently hired Matt for our Indian Guides Christmas party and the show was perfect. A mix of humor, phenomenal bmx tricks and inspirational messages for the kids. Matt is very good at what he does and he has the ability to get the kids to listen. He gave out free t-shirts and posters and the kids really enjoyed the show. I would highly recommend him for school events and private parties.read more
Kevin Dunn
Kevin Dunn
19:21 28 Nov 17
We've had Matt at our school for six consecutive years. His message, coupled with his BMX show, provide an enriching experience for all students. He understands the developmental stages of his audience and adjusts his message accordingly. His stories and insight on hard work, persevering through learning new and challenging things/skills and being an everyday hero resonates with students. Matt has even taken the next step by providing videos and discussion points to be viewed after his shows that are good resources for morning meetings/classroom discussions related to bullying and friendship. Students love his show, which is why we will continue to have him back!read more
Noelle Yeager
Noelle Yeager
21:45 16 Nov 17
Matt’s program is engaging, fast-paced and filled with life lessons students can relate to. He is a dynamic speaker and entertainer that keeps students as well as adults wondering what story he is going to share and what message he is going to bring next. Students learn powerful lessons that they can talk about after the show is over, and that are much needed in today’s world. Matt is a Hero and role model that students look up to.read more
Rebecca Ramana
Rebecca Ramana
21:20 02 Nov 17
Matt's was THE BEST assembly we have ever had at our school! His performance was entertaining and his message inspiring. He tailored his talk specifically for the younger vs older kids at our school. He was also very pleasant and easy to work with, brought and set up all of his own equipment and followed up with us after the show with suggested classroom activities to drive home his message. We will definitely be looking to bring Matt back in the future.read more
Brandon Todd
Brandon Todd
14:54 01 Nov 17
Matt Wilhelm provided a positive message to our students while also entertaining them with amazing tricks. His personal stories of how he never gave up on his dreams tied directly into conversations that we have been sharing with our elementary students about "grit" and how they can show tenacity, perseverance, and determination everyday. I would highly suggest his assembly if you are looking for a way to kick off character education or a spirit week at your school. His high energy performance kept our students engaged and excited for a full hour.read more
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