Jostens Kicks Off National “The Harbor” Tour with Youth Motivational Speaker Mike Smith

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Back to School Tour inspires and excites students to improve the world around them

Jostens, the leading provider of publications, jewelry and consumer goods serving the K-12 and college market, will kick off The Harbor Back to School Tour today at Bixby High School in Bixby, Oklahoma. The Harbor Back to School Tour introduces The Harbor by Jostens, a new weekly online video series that builds character in students and culture on middle and high school campuses across the United States.

The Harbor by Jostens tour and online video series features Mike Smith, a professional inspirational speaker who specializes in speaking to students and professionals about topics like bullying, substance abuse, leadership, and pursuing passions. On the 12,000 mile tour, Mike will speak to 40,000 high school students in 1,200 Jostens partnering schools about topics relevant to the issues they are facing today, and provide inspiration and excitement about improving the world around them.

The Harbor Back to School Tour will make stops in 43 US Cities and Toronto, Canada. The final tour stop will be in Orlando, Florida on October 29, 2015. A full list of the tour stops is available at

“Jostens is committed to working with educators and students to increase the climate and culture in our schools, and we are thrilled to partner with Mike Smith and others to provide real perspectives from real people that will help students achieve greater success inside and outside the classroom,” said Chuck Mooty, president and CEO, Jostens.

“Positive school culture is built on positive student character. The Harbor by Jostens provides a way for us to reach thousands – maybe millions – of students wherever their schools are to positively impact them inside and outside the classroom,” said Mike Smith. “Everyone has a voice, and I’m excited to see what this generation has to say. They truly can make a difference in the world around them.”

About The Harbor by Jostens
The Harbor by Jostens brings attention to the complex issues facing today’s youth. Often these issues make their way into the classroom, affecting their studies and self-worth. The Harbor gives students character-building tools, real-life perspectives, and a forum for discussion by addressing the challenges and opportunities they face on a daily basis. When students are motivated, encouraged and better equipped to deal with adversity, it pays dividends inside and outside the classroom. The Harbor builds lifelong character skills in students, and healthy climate and culture in schools. Designed for the classroom, each episode is accompanied by a critical thinking discussion guide to foster student-led discussion. The Harbor episodes are available online for Jostens customers at

The first episode of The Harbor is available for anyone to view at In this episode, Mike Smith addresses the topics of judgement and prejudice both inside and outside of the classroom, and how students can help resolve this problem in their schools.

About Jostens Renaissance Education
For nearly 25 years, Jostens has partnered with educators to renew school climate and culture through the Jostens Renaissance Education. Thousands of schools across North America are proud to call themselves “Jostens Renaissance” schools, sharing a sense of pride that is reflected in the results seen in improved academic performance, behavior, student engagement, and overall school spirit.

More information about Jostens Renaissance Education is available at

About Jostens
Minneapolis-based Jostens provides products, programs and services that help its customers celebrate moments that matter. The company's products include publications, jewelry and consumer goods that serve the K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments. Jostens serves markets in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, educational and trade publishing segments.

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