Hailing from Imperial, Nebraska, Mike Smith has dedicated his life to creating impactful changes in youth outreach and education. As a Stanford-certified Design Your Life Coach, he offers unique insights and a dynamic approach to inspire both the youth and the adults who work with them.

Mike is the proud founder of The Bay, a groundbreaking 501(c)(3) nonprofit that’s gained national recognition from sponsors like Red Bull, Vans, and State Farm. But his dedication to youth development didn’t stop there. Expanding on the success of The Bay, Mike made his boldest move yet: co-founding Bay High, an LPS public school designed to revolutionize the way we think about education and youth development.

Booking Mike isn’t just about securing a speaker, it’s about igniting a spark that could redefine the way you approach youth engagement and development. Mike offers more than just motivational words; he provides real, actionable strategies that have been shaped by his extensive experience and undeniable success.

His unique position as a guide to Gen Z, coupled with his entrepreneurial acumen, makes Mike an invaluable resource for those looking to make an impact. Whether your goal is to better understand the Gen Z mindset, enhance your approach to youth outreach, or infuse fresh, innovative ideas into your program or school, Mike Smith can help guide the way.

Mike’s dedication to making a difference is not just his profession, but his passion. By booking Mike, you’re not only inviting an accomplished speaker — you’re inviting transformation, innovation, and an opportunity to shape the future in profound ways.


For over a decade, Mike Smith has been an unwavering advocate, dedicating his life to providing resources, opportunities, and inspiration for those most in need. His approach has never been about merely talking he’s all about taking action and making a tangible difference in the world.

Mike’s journey as a changemaker began with the establishment of Bay 198, a pioneering nonprofit skatepark that provides a safe and positive space for young people. This venture demonstrated Mike’s dedication to helping youth thrive, even under the most challenging circumstances.

But he didn’t stop there. Recognizing the power of education and its ability to radically transform lives, Mike co-founded Bay High. As one of the few public schools borne out of a nonprofit, Bay High challenges conventional education norms, fostering an environment of experiential learning and empowerment.

Mike is also a certified Design Your Life Coach from Stanford and a StoryBrand Guide. These qualifications have equipped him with unique insights and tools to guide young adults in designing their futures, a mission he considers a personal aspiration. He’s on a mission to help young people realize that they are the architects of their own futures and equip them with the resources they need to build the lives they dream of.

Mike’s commitment to empowering and guiding the next generation is ceaseless and is powerfully demonstrated through his latest ventures. One such endeavor is the course he teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a unique program that serves as a beacon for students aiming to disrupt traditional thinking and design a future of their own choosing.

Mike also conducts Design Your Future workshops across the globe. These workshops are transformative experiences where participants are not just taught, but are truly empowered with tools to design a future that resonates with their passions and ambitions. With Mike’s guidance, individuals are encouraged to dream bigger, plan better, and set out on their chosen paths with confidence and purpose.

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