Keith Deltano has served and worked with youth for many years in various roles, including as a military police officer, public school teacher, youth leader, private counselor, and educational comedian. He draws on this varied background to reach out and share with youth. Keith taught sixth grade and won the Teaching Excellence Award for his work with at risk youth.He has been listed in Who’s Who of America’s Teachers and Outstanding Young Men of America. He was granted The National Impact Award for his work in parent outreach and education.
Labels Lie (Anti-Bully)
Keith's show goes beyond the bystander/bully/victim labels to get at the underlying causes of bullying. Keith uses serious comedy to show students why they do what they do. Keith's background in public education gives him insight into school culture. The "mean girls," status clothes, "in" group and cliques will all come under his comedic wit. Keith challenges the youth and adults in the audience to seriously contemplate how they view one another. This show is great if you are having problems with cliques, racism, bullying, or staff infighting. Keith tells the true story of how he judged a fellow soldier during Army Airborne training. The audience will roll with laughter as he acts out the story. They will also learn how a wonderful friendship was formed after Keith changed his prejudiced attitudes. Labels Lie is about acceptance, making new friends by reaching out, and encouraging the audience to stop judging one another by outward appearance, speech, or economic status.
Keith talks about trash throwing and trash catching, haters and hate catching, bullies and spectators. He takes the unusual approach of addressing the mindset of the catcher as well as the thrower. He will inspire those that have been bullied and force the bullies to take a harsh look at why they do what they do. The students that have “caught it” because they learn differently or struggle academically and socially will come away especially inspired.
Physical, verbal, and online bullying all have the same root causes and manifestations. Keith addresses online bullying by exposing the causes of all bullying and prejudice behaviors. He also talks about the legal ramifications of on and offline bullying. The audience will understand that bullying can be interpreted as “threatening” or “violent” behavior even if physical contact is not made.
Additional Topics, As Well As Parent-Teacher Outreach Programs Are Also Available
Parent/Teacher Outreach (Teacher In-Service)
Keith has performed parent workshops on bullying and online safety throughout the US. His workshops can be custom tailored to whatever is happening in your community. However, Keith feels that no workshop is complete without teaching parents how to protect their children form online porn and gambling as well as bullying. Most parents are simply not aware of what is “online” and the activities that children are engaged in online. The tools and strategies Keith will teach parents to use to prevent online bullying will also be used to prevent online porn and gambling addiction. Parent will walk away from Keith’s assembly with strategies they can immediately put into action.
Parent Outreach Information Sheet (PDF)
Keith also conducts a workshop for teachers called “bully proof your classroom”. He gives teachers insight on how to create a bully free environment. This is not just theory; these are techniques that Keith actually used in his classroom. Keith will also prep teachers on what to do if bullying does occur in their class or school environment. He will also teach them how to respond when a parent call after a bullying incident has occurred. (Evening shows are only available on multiple day bookings.)
Teacher Outreach Information Sheet (PDF)
Don’t Be Stupid (Drug and Alcohol Awareness)
Using his customary interaction and “in your face delivery” Keith will bring home the harsh realities of drug and alcohol use. Using his experience as a Military Police Officer, Keith, will stage a “traffic stop” in front of his audience. This will end up with a “suspect” handcuffed face down on the “side of the road”. The students will be forced to acknowledge the incredible risks they take when experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Keith will graphically dismantle the idea that “It won’t happen to me” and make the negative consequences real.
Abstinence Is Cool (Sexual Health)
More and more teens across the nation are revolting against the idea that they must date or have sex to be “cool” or “in”. Keith will take this topic head on with audience interaction, humor, energy, and facts. Keith will empower your teens to join in the New Sexual Revolution: abstinence until marriage and a fulfilling sex life afterwards. Keith will also conduct a workshop with community parents and guardians based on his book, Fighting Back: How to promote abstinence in a sex saturated world. Keith has developed a system that always leads to strong parent turnout at his evening workshops.
Though Keith’s show is unique, it does conform to title V guidelines. Keith uses his trademark comedy and high energy to show the social, psychological, and health gains that abstinence from sex includes. He also makes it clear that abstinence is the only CERTAIN way to avoid pregnancy and STDs. He uses audience interaction to show where peer pressure comes from and how to beat it. Keith shows how love and sex are not the same thing. He ends upbeat by illustrating that those choosing not to have sex are the true rebels.