MIAA 6th Annual Teen Mental Health Summit

MIAA 6th Annual Teen Mental Health Summit
Wednesday April 15th 7:30am-1:30pm
Double Tree Hilton, Westborough MA

Ashley will be exhibiting at the Teen Mental Health Summit. Join us there and learn more about NTQ.

Canton High School: Canton Character Crew Conference

Thursday April 30th 10:00am-11:20am
900 Washington Street, Canton MA 02021

Ashley will be presenting her Make a Difference Presentation and conducting her Interactive Leadership Workshop. Canton High School students, faculty and guests from other schools and organizations will be attending the event. If you are interested in attending as a guest please send an email to Ashley directly at ashley@navigatingthroughquicksand.com.  

About Ashley

Ashley Gustafson’s story is one of determination and perseverance. After struggling with her parents divorce, peer pressure, homelessness, drugs and sexual assault she realized that she had only two choices. First, she could simply throw in the towel. Second, she could figure out her purpose, her passions and what she is truly made of. Ashley chose the latter. Today, she shares her powerful story with young people as an inspirational speaker in hopes of helping them realize that they are not alone. As a result, she’s living proof that young people can pave their own ways to happiness by making more positive choices and learning from the mistakes of others.

Ashley’s presentation stresses the importance of being open-minded and kind. Also, she stresses that being an honest friend can change someone’s world. She emphasizes the important roles people have in society and that each day you make a difference in the lives of everyone you encounter. Moving forward, it is up to you if you want that difference to be positive or negative. ​Ashley worked to put herself through college and earned a Master’s Degree from Worcester State College and her plus 30 and plus 60 credits from Augustana University.

Currently, she is taking a leave of absence from being a Health Educator, Wellness Coordinator, Junior Varsity Girls Soccer Coach, Game Change and SADD advisor for the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District to pursue her passion and dream of impacting audiences of all ages as an Inspirational Speaker. Ashley is driven to MAKE A DIFFERENCE by helping others learn and grow through her interactive presentations and workshops.

Quote of the Week

“If you’re brave enough to start, you’re strong enough to finish.”

-Gary Ryan Blair

Keynote Presentation

Assemblies/Conferences

70 minutes | Prices Vary

Ashley’s Keynote Presentation is about her life story, which is a constant reminder that every person in this world makes a difference. However, it is up to the individual if they want to make that difference positive or negative based on their actions/reactions to situations they encounter throughout their journey. Life is like Navigating Through Quicksand. Just like being trapped in quicksand, when an individual feels stuck or overwhelmed they tend to get frustrated and “freak out.” Well just like both quicksand and in life,”freaking out” only leads us in deeper. In the end, we only become more “stuck”.

Ashley teaches the audience the importance of stepping back, relaxing, and remembering their core. From here, to focus on the task, challenge, or goal at hand without giving up. Finally, Ashley promotes consistent progress by slowly putting one foot in front of the other. The more the audience knows about topics and themselves, the more confident they are then able to feel about themselves and the decisions they make. Helping ourselves and others succeed so that we are always looking at the learning experiences we have and getting out of our comfort zone is when GROWTH happens.

Workshops

Professional Development/Personal Growth

40 minute minimum | Prices Vary

Ashley’s energy and enthusiasm for raising awareness about a variety of topics will leave your audience feeling determined to understand not only themselves but others. The audience will be able to acknowledge and embrace opportunities for growth on both a personal and professional level. Her presentations as an inspirational speaker include, but are not limited to:

Mindfulness & Character

Leadership

Self-Esteem Empowerment

Bullying

Healthy Relationships

Nutrition & Wellness

What is RESPECT?

Effective Communication

What Makes YOU…. YOU

Focus & Goal Setting

Substance Use & Abuse

Violence Prevention

Setting Boundaries

Curriculum to Care

 

Effective Communication

What Makes YOU…. YOU

Focus & Goal Setting

Substance Use & Abuse

Violence Prevention

Setting Boundaries

Curriculum to Care

Mindfulness & Character

Leadership

Self-Esteem Empowerment

Bullying

Healthy Relationships

Nutrition & Wellness

What is RESPECT?

Testimonials

“Ashley Gustafson was our keynote presenter for the annual Varsity Athletes Above Substance Abuse (VAASA) Conference this fall.  Ashley captivated this group of 200 high school scholar athletes with her story of risky choices, personal vulnerability and profound resilience. Ashley’s retelling of events from her own adolescence is both alarming and inspiring.  She reminds us that even the brightest and most talented young people may be struggling with family, emotional and substance use related problems that are costly in many areas of a young person’s development.  She taught our students to tap their own inner strength while humbly seeking support and remaining grateful for the kindness of adult mentors in their lives.  Ashley galvanized the crowd with energizer activities and facilitated a lively “Owning the Room” communication workshop.  Most important was Ashley’s message about making a difference, whether standing up for a friend, or sincerely asking about how someone is doing.  VAASA members are tasked with making a difference by acting as role models for younger students.  Ashley Gustafson is a role model for our students!"

Colleen Judge, LMHC

Director, School Based Services, RI Student Assistance Services

"Ashley’s presentation was passionate and energetic.  Her story showed vulnerability and strength.  Ashley included story-telling and hands-on experiential activities making her presentation not only moving to hear but also fun to be a part of!  Ashley taught us to remember to breathe through the quicksand and never forget that we have the ability to impact each person we encounter and can “Make a Difference”.  Thank you Ashley for empowering us and sharing your story."

Jillian Alfeo, LMHC

Vice President of Quality, Y.O.U., Inc.

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