The assembly is appropriate and geared toward grades 9-12. We discourage including any grades under 9th.
The assembly takes 90 minutes to complete.
The Todd Becker Foundation travels with all the necessary stage, sound, lighting and video equipment - no equipment is needed from the school except for seating. To accommodate for the large stage and screens needed for the assembly, we prefer to give the assembly in a gymnasium.
The Todd Becker Foundation is a Christian organization. During the assembly, we do share one scripture from the Bible, simply to better illustrate the story of Todd's choices. We fully understand that we are in a public school setting and are very mindful of the boundaries that must be kept. Schools that find concern in this are encouraged to review our references and comments from the over 300 public schools this assembly has been to.Click Here To View Comments From High School Administrators
Although our expenses are approximately $3000 for the afternoon assembly, since we are a non-profit organization we do not charge a set "fee". Rather, we simply ask that schools help with whatever financial amount they are comfortable with.
Oftentimes we try to coordinate an assembly with 1 to 3 schools in an area, with each school busing into a central location. In these "bus-in" situations, most schools help with around $350 to $500 each. Again, it is our intention not to let finances be an issue, and therefore, we try to be very flexible in working with each school's budget.
Although the Todd Becker Foundation is a Christian organization, it is important to note that we are presenting in a public school setting and thus, are very mindful of the boundaries that must be kept.
Our reputation testifies to our respect for those boundaries by the fact that we have visited over 300 public schools across Nebraska and over 94% of high school principals would highly recommend our assembly. Virtually every week from August to May, the Todd Becker Foundation is presenting its assembly in a public high school somewhere across the Midwest.
When the Todd Becker Foundation visits a high school, they typically put on two separate events/assemblies. The first is the afternoon assembly for grades 9-12, which is held during the school hours. This assembly tells the tragic Todd Becker story and challenges students to take the narrow road, according to the scripture Matthew 7:13. The major focus of this message is choices and their consequences.
That same evening, students, parents, and the community are invited back to a second event where the band puts on a concert and an entirely different story and message is presented. This evening event focuses primarily on the story of how Todd's brother Keith, came to faith in Christ following his brother's death. Having said that, the evening event is where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is presented and the major focus is a salvation message.
Following the actual assembly, students who are impacted after hearing the story and message are given the opportunity to sit down with a team member, one-on-one, and share their struggles or situation in life. Typically, these one-on-one conversations result in the Todd Becker Foundation team member sharing with the student the Gospel of Jesus Christ and pointing them to the hope of a new beginning found in Christ.
At the conclusion of these one-on-one conversations, the student's information is obtained and they are introduced to a local individual, pastor, or youth leader who can help follow up and encourage them in whatever situation they might be dealing with. It is important to note that these one-on-one conversations are simply by the student's own choice and thus, no student is forced or required to stay after the assembly to talk. Also, school is usually dismissed for the day following the assembly and therefore, these one-on-one conversations typically take place after school hours.