Mike At A Glance
Founder + Executive Director: THE BAY
Non-profit skatepark and youth center in Lincoln, NE. One of the few non-profit skateparks in the country and one of the largest in the Midwest.
Founder + Executive Director: Skate For Change
Non-profit that empowers skateboarders to give back to the homeless in their communities. Chapters now exist in major cities nationwide.
Worked with Youth for 10+ Years
Mike has been deeply involved in mentoring young people for over a decade. He lives his life as a “professional teenager.”
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?
In his senior year of high school, Mike realized that being ordinary was a choice.
Since then, Mike has never stopped believing that he can do whatever he puts his mind to. That hard work, dedication, and the reckless pursuit of his passions can turn his life into something extraordinary; that he is the only one who can control his legacy.
For over a decade, Mike has done just that…and he’s never looked back.
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.
While other professional speakers talk about their past, Mike talks about his present.
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 2015.
Mike’s passion and momentum hasn’t gone unnoticed. He’s been featured by multinational companies like Red Bull and State Farm. He’s partnered up with DUDE. be nice apparel to catalyze change in schools across the country. 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.
Your life isn’t ordinary. You matter. What you will do with your life will boil down to one question:
What do you want to be remembered for?
Mike is no ordinary individual and Mike Smith Live is an experience you and your youth won’t soon forget.