In April of 2016 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the coastal area of Ecuador. With the generous support of friends, Dean helped coordinate a relief fund of $15,000. This money went to an NGO that funneled it to the front line of needs and helped build 7 houses. Dean is visiting the remote village where the houses were built and will be sharing the story.
Since July 8 Dean and friends have been exploring the state of Nebraska and documenting its wonders - all to share with schools throughout the state. There will be more details to come as this project evolves, so stay tuned.
While on safari in Uganda Africa, Dean unexpectedly meets James Marshall, a 10 year old student who remembers his visit to his school three years ago in Arkansas. On top of that, James is traveling around the world with his parents for seven months!
Dean visited the Ballard School District in Iowa and was interviewed and filmed for a documentary, sponsored by Huxley Communcations. This candid documentary gives viewers a glimpse into what drives Dean and how his educational presentations inspire students.
UNL Sig Eps have been turning gray cement walls into bright cheerful classrooms in the Avogera village of Uganda as well as the Namatetee village school. It was so rewarding to see the excitment in the eyes of the students as they watched their schools being transformed.
The Soft Power staff in Namatetee were wonderful to work with and the community members were so friendly. We all left with a sense of humility and gratitude for the opportunity to contribute. We hope the beautiful schools add some magic to the student's learning journey.
Dean's school presentations continually recieve priaise from administrators, teachers, students and parents for the quality of his presentation and his inspiring message. In addition to being fun and motivating, Dean's visits support and reinforce the NGSS and ELA Common Core (Speaking & Listening, Redaind and Writing) Standards. It's no wonder educators love him.
"Dean is intentional about connecting his message to the standards and your initiatives. By visiting Dean’s web site, it’s obvious to see that a visit from Dean will support and reinforce the NGSS and ELA Common Core (Speaking & Listening, Reading, and Writing) Standards. What you might not notice is that Dean’s message also supports the Universal Constructs (specifically Flexibility & Adaptability), Communication, and Creativity through the sharing of photos, videos, and stories of how he traveled the world on $10-15 dollars a day. His program can also strengthen learning around Growth Mindset and Grit."
Dean had the opportunity to speak about the importance of fantasy and dreams for Creative Mornings Omaha. He started the day explaining that fantasy gets a bad rap and it is often the stardust that ignites our imagination to what’s possible. Check out the video and be inspired.
You know you're making a difference when a student takes the time to write...
"Hi Dean! About five years ago you came to my elementary school to teach us about your trip to the Amazon and to lead a writing workshop. Before I continue with this message, you should know that you have impacted my life so much. Things you taught us still remain with me today. I am no longer scared to push myself. I am no longer feared by what is beyond. After participating in your workshop, I would love to pursue my dreams and become an author. Dean, if there is ever a time when you’re feeling down about something, I want you to remember me because just as I was about to put the pencil and paper down, you made me pick it up and keep writing. I can’t thank you enough for that. Once again, thank you for taking the time to share your incredible adventures and life lessons with me at such a young age, that I still hold on to today!"
Dean has been busy sharing his message in his home state of Nebraska. Sharing the season with Henry Winkler, Robert Edsel and Anna Quindlen, Dean was a guest speaker for the prestigious Omaha Town Hall Lecture Series. One week later, he was hosted by the Wayne State College Explorers Club to present on his experiences in the Amazon. While there, he was invited by the Wayne State Student African Association to help plant a tree and say a few words in honor of Nelson Mandela. Anytime there's an opportunity to inspire, Dean will!