So there’s this kid. He lives in the small town of Imperial, Nebraska. He’s got a 2.4 GPA. He’s a bit of a troublemaker. To top it off, his name is Mike Smith. Sounds like your average, ordinary kid, right? Wrong. In his senior year of high school, Mike realized that being ordinary was a choice.
From his humble beginnings in Imperial, NE, Mike has since founded two non-profits and influenced hundreds of thousands of youth in schools nationwide. Mike lives his life as a “professional teenager” that doubles as a youth motivational speaker and action sports personality. While other professional speakers struggle to remain current, Mike stays relevant by talking about what he’s doing, not what he’s done.
As the Executive Director for THE BAY, one of the few non-profit skateparks in the country, Mike works with young people from all walks of life, encouraging them to pursue their passions and live out their dreams. He is also the Executive Director of Skate For Change (SFC), an organization that empowers young skateboarders to help the homeless in their communities. SFC chapters have now spread to major cities nationwide. He’s skateboarded across the state of Nebraska to raise money for these organizations three years in a row. He plans to extend this journey from New York City to Los Angeles in the summer of 2014.
Mike’s passion and momentum hasn’t gone unnoticed. He’s been featured by multinational companies like Red Bull and State Farm. Even professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler has taken notice of Mike’s drive and shown his support both personally and philanthropically through his Sheckler Foundation.
Whether it’s motivating students to change the culture of their school; or teaching others how to start and maintain successful organizations; or giving back to the homeless and lesser fortunate across the country; Mike has the experience and expertise to inspire others to be extraordinary. Mike is a staple to our familie and is a walking example of the values we were built on. Ask yourself, “What do you want to be remembered for?”