Today’s guest, Donovan Taylor Hall, is the teacher I think we all wished we had growing up.
Dubbed the ‘Modern Day Mr. Rogers,’ Donovan is a youth advocate and educator on a mission to teach children how to build positive self-identity, self-worth and determination. His work aims to help kids of all ages create a solid relationship with themselves and learn the skills they need to take care of themselves both mentally and emotionally. Slow. Clap.
Donovan has been featured on the Today Show, NowThis and several podcasts for his important work in positive youth development. Although his work started with kids, he has recently shifted into helping adults take care of themselves as well, using the same skills and inner child work. Join us as we discuss Donovan’s story, the current education system, how it’s affecting kids’ mental well-being, and the value of an alternative system that focuses more on emotional, relational and mental health.
00:23 Being the modern-day Mr. Rogers
02:03 Passion for teaching kids
06:12 Self-worth is inherent
12:18 Putting expectations on kids
15:20 The main struggles middle schoolers face today
31:09 Creating a safe space for kids
43:10 Rethinking the education system
48:03 Meeting kids where they’re at
53:14 Leaving the classroom
1:00:12 Creating content & performative social media
1:09:48 Future plans