Our Speakers

Since September 2013, RISE TOGETHER has partnered with more than 175 SCHOOLS and EDUCATED 160,000+ people by encouraging them to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT on issues that they care about most – BREAKING THE SILENCE around addiction and mental health.

RISE TOGETHER has four essential programs to empower young people

  1. Student seminars that ignite and engage MS and HS students.
  2. Student-led activities like CRAVE21.
  3. Peer coaching program called Discovery Corps.
  4. Student ambassador program called The RAISE Project.

After seeing a Rise Together presentation:

  • 80% of surveyed students indicated that they are less likely to use drugs and alcohol.
  • Over 85% of the students indicated they are more likely to help one of their peers.
  • 70% of those students are more likely to ask for help themselves.
  • Over 50% of students are now more likely to report instances of bullying.
  • Nearly 50% of students are now more likely to ask for support or help others who are dealing with self-harm.
  • Over 40% are more likely to ask for help around suicide.

Our solution is to provide communities with HIGH-QUALITY educational content, programs, workshops, and training that help build strong advocates and leaders. Here is who helps us to do this lifesaving work:

Anthony Alvarado
Anthony Alvarado is on a mission to rid the world of hopelessness by empowering others to strive toward their full potential. In his inspiring and interactive style, he challenges audiences to identify their strengths and let go of the storylines that are holding them back from living a life filled with purpose. By 33, Anthony has already been recognized by Forbes as a movement builder and featured for his work to inspire hope. Whether he is on stage, in a classroom, on his podcast, or online, he looks to start one of the most significant cultural movements of his time.
"I use my creativity and vulnerability to reach thousands of people across the country. It is through storytelling where I can share innovative ideas that are helping to change and save lives."
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Nadine Machkovech
Nadine Machkovech is on a mission to change the world by speaking her truth and shining her light on a world that’s filled with darkness. She has graced the TEDx stage, been featured in FORBES, and is dedicated to building a life centered around self-care, service, and reconnecting others to their higher purpose in life. With her motivational and inspirational style of storytelling, Nadine has the unique ability to empower and encourage a youthful audience. She has created measurable social change with her truth-telling skills that allows her to connect with any audience authentically.
"Through this purpose-built community, it is my mission to serve, support, and share my light and my journey with all of you. When we live in a world so vastly divided, it is my dream to build an open space where we can gain deeper connections, be surrounded by inspiration, in hopes that it will empower you to seek the light in your life. Let’s bring your darkness to the light because you, my friend, are a warrior and we are in this life together."
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Joseph Green
Joseph believes in the power of stories and the sharing of lived experiences as tools for connectivity and community building. He believes that once you recognize the transformative power of reflecting on your grit, mistakes, darkness, and light -- you build an inner strength that no one can take away from you. As a spoken word artist, educator, motivational speaker—and over a decade of work in youth spaces—Joseph has seen these transformations firsthand. With his craft in theater and spoken word performing, as well as more than ten years of creating a dialogue between youths and adults.
"I believe in the power of stories and the sharing of lived experiences as tools for connectivity and community building. Once unleashed, I believe that power can change the world for the better."
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Nicholas Raymond
Nicholas Raymond is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, & collaborator. He has been touring & recording nationally since 2013. He has performed many stages as well as major music festivals with amazingly talented artists such as Lizzo, American Authors, LOLO, & Sturgill Simpson. Nicholas has an original & authentic approach to his art. He is often playing his guitar with natural rhythms & unique tunings. His accuracy for drums & percussion is a pure soul calling along with a voice that carries & defines any space with or without a microphone.
Something that separates Nicholas from being just another one-man-band is his story & his journey to inspire others through it. An advocate of long term addiction recovery, cancer survivor & his passion for equal rights helps binds many communities together. He has spoken to 1000’s of youth as a motivational speaker & recovery coach with the nationally recognized team, Rise Together. His message is real, empathetic & truly powerful. For Nicholas, music is mental health & no matter the venue; he’s grateful to exercise his talents.
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Ryan Hampton
Over four years into recovery from a decade-long opioid addiction, Ryan Hampton has been rocketed to the center of America’s rising recovery advocacy movement. A former White House staffer, he has worked with multiple non-profits and political campaigns. He is now a prominent, leading face and voice of addiction recovery and is changing the national dialog about addiction.
With content that reaches over 1 million people a week, Ryan is breaking down cultural barriers that have kept people suffering in silence and is inspiring a new generation of people recovering out loud through his Voices Project. He’s also advocating for solutions and holding public policymakers accountable. On October 22, 2018, Ryan announced Recovery Voices Vote, an initiative he’s leading to register and engage 1 million recovery oriented voters by the 2020 election.
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Judy Hehr
Judy has been in long-term recovery for over thirty years. She now is a recognized speaker, development coach, author, and previous radio host of her show called Journey with Judy. Before her success in recovery, Judy was bankrupt at 20, single, homeless, and addicted. She dropped out of college by 22, a millionaire by 30, nearly divorced at 37. Today she is still proudly married with four beautiful children. Judy's gift is her ability to connect on a personal level and leave a profound impact. It is never too late to be who God calls you to be!
"Through self-reflection and self-discovery we are all capable of becoming that who we were called to be. Often it requires getting past the past, forgiving ourselves and others. My own privileged perspective comes from experiencing the highest highs and the lowest lows. All that I have been through has prepared me for what I get to do now for and with others. To serve people where they are and help shift their perspective in any area of life."
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We have some of the best speakers in the nation that provide dynamic and interactive school talks, helping young people to use their stories for good and to heighten their voice for change. Students are encouraged to speak out when they are or know somebody going through a tough time; promoting the message of togetherness. RISE TOGETHER also mentors with students one on one, reminding them that no matter what they are going through, they are not alone; that it is ok to struggle, that it is ok to ask for help.


  • The goal of the Student Seminars: this dynamic interactive presentation is designed to EDUCATE students through storytelling; helping to prevent addiction and promote positive mental health.
  • Key Takeaways: Our interactive youth speaking program ENGAGES youth primarily from 5th – 12th grade. The key takeaways are:
    • The importance of sharing your story.
    • The importance of supporting each other.
    • The importance of working together to make a difference.
  • Call to Action: By speaking out about our own experiences, we EMPOWER others to do the same. When we work to create this brave space, we not only see students speaking out but also taking action in things like our 21-day health challenge called CRAVE21, which helps communities build healthier habits and routines.

We also provide communities with helpful resources, free swag, and other exciting ways to get involved in our national campaigns. Schools even take on our helpful writing prompts in the classroom to expand on the ideas shared in the youth seminars. This not only extends the conversation but also creates an opportunity for youth to become a certified coach in our DISCOVERY CORPS program or a trained community ambassador in our RAISE PROJECT.


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We do provide a media kit for speaking events*
Prices can vary depending number of days, length of training, and type of engagement. Typically we have 2-3 core speakers at a time. Can include live music.
Please send the event schedule and promo materials for our approval if you will not be using our media kit*
Thank you from the RISE TOGETHER team! PO Box 1483 - Appleton, WI 54915 - risetogether@weallrisetogether.com

The talks themselves are assembly-style events focused on sharing insights, inspiration, and life experiences as a chance for students to ask questions directly to someone helping to empower thousands of youth across the nation.


We offer more than just public speaking. For more information on our school programs, please contact us now by making a request below.

Our speakers, trainers, and youth leaders are dynamic, influential leaders who have recognized by their peers, key partners, and invited to participate, given their outstanding experience and community contributions.

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