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School Presentations

Believe and Achieve Through Goal Setting, Problem Solving, and Perseverance!

Picture of Randy in a lively interaction with elementary school students in Newmarket, NHOur school presentations, provided by Randy Pierce, integrate life lessons with engaging stories of his progress through managing adversity. He learned to thrive not just in spite of challenge but perhaps because of it. We believe Randy’s captivating approach provides essential knowledge and inspiration through all ages and levels. We will work with your school or organization to ensure the schedule, duration, and points of emphasis are ideal for your needs. We are proud to have presented to over 75,000 students since founding 2020 Vision Quest in 2010 and count on reaching many more!

Students age ten or younger receive emphasis on diversity, guide dogs, and believing in themselves. Presentations to age eleven and older include additional focus upon life lessons for managing adversity and choosing paths toward a successful and positive life.

 

“What do you think a blind person can’t do?”

Picture of Randy at a dojo, working on his karate, wearing a Karate uniform This question challenged Randy from the moment he started to go blind in 1989. The question has motivated him, inspired him, frustrated him, pushed him harder than he ever would have thought he could endure, and made him realize that you truly don’t need to see to have a vision — and to make that vision a reality.

It is also the first question that Randy challenges students to consider in his remarkable classroom presentations. For well over a decade, Randy has been visiting schools throughout New England, delivering his essential message to people of all ages: to believe in ability — most importantly their own. Students respond enthusiastically to Randy’s passionate approach to inspiring and awakening young minds to envision the possibilities that lie beyond their own challenges. By prompting students to think, “What can I accomplish?”; he leads them to realize it is within their power to define, embrace, and achieve any goal.

Picture of Quinn receiving a lot of attention from students at one of the presentations. While we welcome donations or honorariums, we do provide our presentations at no cost to classrooms and youth organizations within reasonable travel distance to Southern New Hampshire. No distance is too great if travel arrangements or expenses can be resolved. To schedule a visit for Randy to speak at a school or youth program, please contact education@2020VisionQuest.org, call us at (603) 546-8542. To see what dates are available that might work for you, please visit the 2020 Vision Quest calendar.

Whether presenting to ten or one thousand, we commonly customize our presentations to include any of the following topics:
  • Ability awareness
  • Problem solving
  • Diversity
  • Guide dogs
  • Setting goals
  • Communication
  • Inspiration
  • Achievement through adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Believing in possibility
  • Blind awareness

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We at 2020 Vision Quest are eager to share Randy’s inspirational presentation with students throughout New England. Our objective is to tailor each presentation to fit within the curriculum and goals of each school we visit.

Picture of Randy kneeling with his Guide Dog, Autumn, close by his side.