Jeff Veley is an award-winning speaker, social skills educator, and entertainer who is widely recognized for his ability to connect with diverse audiences through clean comedy, music, illusions, and the life-changing message of resilience and the Golden Rule.
Jeff's message has reached over one million people in nine countries, touching the lives of students at schools, detention centers, and national youth conferences. In addition, he provides professional development and training seminars for groups of parents, educators, and mental health professionals.
Drawing from his experience working in the social work field and time spent teaching students in an educational setting, Jeff shares wisdom well beyond his years. His stories of walking through difficult situations with students often mirror his own story of struggle growing up. Relentlessly tormented at school and abused at home, Jeff learned the social and emotional skills needed to survive, and later to thrive. He candidly shares these moments with his audience on a journey to find hope and teach life-changing skills that empower individuals to rise above their circumstances.
Known for his practical solutions that solve social conflicts and form healthy relationships, Jeff is frequently featured on radio and television. His on-air contributions include appearances on NBC, ABC, FOX, TV Chile International as well as numerous local TV and radio stations. A respected leader in his industry, Jeff has helped shape several national bullying prevention programs. Jeff is the Host/Executive Producer of Love Changes It All, a weekly national radio feature/blog and serves as the Chief Representative for the Campus Peace-Building Initiative.
Jeff and his program are recipients of the Golden Rule International Award, presented by the Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative of the United Nations and the World Civility International Award for effectiveness in teaching conflict resolution skills. The U.N. officially recognizes Jeff as a World Peace Ambassador and World Civility Ambassador in 120 nations. An outspoken voice for vulnerable and victimized youth, Jeff serves as a mentor, sponsor, and advocate to at-risk youth both locally and globally.
About the Program & Philosophy
The Peace Sign Approach
The "Peace Sign Approach" simplifies the often confusing and overwhelming task of responding to mean behavior, breaking down the solution into simple steps that are easy to remember. Unlike most bullying programs that focus on stopping the 'bullies', rely on school-wide systems, yearly licensing, and take significant time to implement, the "Peace Sign" is a psychological approach to bullying/social aggression which can be put into effect immediately to empower students.
The "Peace Sign Approach" empowers students to face adversity, grow in resilience, and solve their own social problems. It is an effective approach for bullying prevention, intervention, and response.
The "Peace Sign Approach" is in harmony with Love & Logic, WhyTry Resilience Education, PBIS, Social and Emotional Learning, Character Education, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Merrill's Strong Kids, Bucket Fillers, The Golden Rule, and wisdom from the ages.
The anti-bullying industry calls programs that can reduce bullying by 20% a success. Unfortunately, for our students, that is still an 80% failure. Why is the success rate so low? Most programs assume that victims of bullying are powerless to change their situation. As a result of this thinking, programs focus on stopping "bullies" by establishing policies, encouraging reporting and punishment, and empowering bystanders. While all of these efforts are filled with good intentions, they fail to teach the victim how to solve their social problem, leaving them feeling hopeless while they wait for an outside process or person to change their situation for them. Instead of empowering the victim directly, these programs try to change the environment around the victim. This approach is costly, time-consuming and damaging to a child's self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth.
Bullying, by definition, is an imbalance of power. The best way to solve the power imbalance is to empower the weaker party. This brings total balance to the power imbalance and eliminates the bully/victim roles, bringing equilibrium and ultimately a solution to social conflict. To put it simply, the "Peace Sign Approach" is successful because it addresses a psychological problem with a psychological approach and empowers victims with social and emotional coping skills to solve their own social problems. It allows students to become part of the solution. Over 90% of students who use the "Peace Sign Approach" for one week report that bullying stops or dramatically decreases.