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Project SHARE Curriculum: The Elevator Speech

Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment

The Elevator Speech

Day One - Through the Elevator Speech lesson, students will research and prepare for three potential elevator speeches.


  • Evaluate credible sources of information and data to support each elevator speech topic
  • Create 1-2 minute elevator speeches for each topic


  • Instructor computer and projector
  • Student computers/computer classroom
  • Handouts

Day Two - Students will have prepared three different 1-2 minute “elevator speeches.”  During day two of the Elevator Speech lesson, each student will deliver one of those speeches and the remainder of the class will evaluate the speech using a scoring grid.


  • Demonstrate skills in effective, persuasive communication
  • Demonstrate skills in obtaining valid information
  • Analyze skills in delivering a quality presentation


  • Handouts – Scoring Grid, In Your Own Words
  • Other: Stopwatch

National Health Education Statistics that Align with the Elevator Speech Lesson

  • 3.12.1 Evaluate the validity of health information, products, and services.
  • 3.12.2 Use resources from home, school, and community that provide valid health information.
  • 4.12.1 Use skills for communicating effectively with family, peers, and others to enhance health.
  • 8.12.2 Demonstrate how to influence and support others to make positive health choices.
  • 8.12.3 Work cooperatively as an advocate for improving personal, family, and community health.
  • 8.12.4 Adapt health messages and communication techniques to a specific target audience.

National Strategies that Align with the SHARE Curriculum

Healthy People 2020 Objectives

AH-2      Increase the proportion of adolescents who participate in extracurricular and/or out-of-school activities.

AH-3.2   Increase the proportion of parents who attend events and activities in which their adolescents participate.

National Partnership for Action

Goal 1         Awareness - Increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the nation, and the actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations.

Strategy 2:  Develop and support partnerships among public, nonprofit, and private entities to provide a comprehensive infrastructure to increase awareness, drive action, and ensure accountability in efforts to end health disparities and achieve health equity across the lifespan.

Goal 2:        Leadership - Strengthen and broaden leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels.

Strategy 7:  Invest in young people to prepare them to be future leaders and practitioners by actively engaging and including them in the planning and execution of health, wellness and safety initiatives.