Jonathan Medina

Jonathan Medina inspires students to persevere until success happens. With high energy & high engagement he is passionate about helping students realize their dreams and becoming the successful student leaders.


  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Latinx
  • Communication
  • First Generation Students
  • First-Year Experience
  • Orientation
  • Athletics


Jonathan Medina, inspiring students to persevere until success happens.

Getting to know

Jonathan Medina

Jonathan Medina grew up in a single-parent household in one of the lowest income communities on the United States & Mexico border. His mother was incarcerated first when Jonathan was in middle school and then again in high school. Not having known his father and with stepfather in prison, Jonathan was raised by his grandfather, a migrant field worker.

He overcame his circumstances to graduate from high school in the top 10. Plus was accepted to the Prestigious Georgetown University where he walked on the Division 1 football team and started for 2 years. While at Georgetown he worked with the Alumni Association to raise Scholarship funds for future students. Jonathan ranked #1 in all money raised ($200,000) in 3 years.

Jonathan had many educators tell him that his dreams of going to Georgetown were too big. Jonathan believes that if he was able to accomplish his dreams any student can. He is passionate about helping students realize their dreams and helping educators to recognize they can help every student.

Jonathan has now made it his mission to help students to Dream Bigger. Since College Jonathan has motivated, inspired, and challenged students at over 1,000 Universities, Colleges, and High Schools reaching over 1 Million students in live audiences nationwide.


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Jonathan’s personal stories were the best. So many of our students have similar stories.

— Betsy Lumley


The lively engagement was key. Jonathan Medina is the real deal, genuine and passionate. He shared his heart with us, the participants. That makes the message memorable. I had so much fun.

— Professor Kim Shelton

Mansfield University TRIO

My favorite part of the presentation was Jonathan sharing his story of how he came to be the person he is today…These are our students; they face these barriers every single day. I learned that where you start is not where you end. This was something our kids don’t get to discuss in school. They need this conversation so that they don’t make the same mistakes we made.

— Tiera

Virginia Commonwealth University

WOWWWWWW WHAT AN UPLIFTING PRESENTATION! I would highly RECOMMEND Jonathan Medina for any TRIO program that serves first generation and low income students (College, High School, and Junior High Students), because Jonathan is a prime example of “you have the burning desire to achieve, you can, despite the odds!

— Lila Love

Director Federal TRIO Upward Bound , Old Dominion


Positive Leadership in Negative Times

Leadership is difficult. Leadership during adversity and difficult times is even harder. While adversity makes leadership harder, it also makes leadership more necessary. How exactly do we lead during adversity and difficult times?

Jonathan has worked with thousands of leaders across the country to develop his P.O.W.E.R. Leadership approach. In this engaging keynote, Jonathan takes student organizations, fraternity and sorority chapters, and athletic teams on a journey to accept the challenge and call of leadership. Avoid the pitfalls of the old ways of leadership and embrace the new action-packed strategies top leaders implement during difficult times.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • 5 Action Packed strategies focused on immediate and long-term confidence, courage, and culture.
  • 7 common mistakes the smartest leaders avoid.
  • How to lead with an emphasis on Goal Setting & Vision.
  • Lead in Challenging times with a positive attitude and a positive mindset.
Win Year 1 = Win Forever

A college education is a dream come true for many students.

Unfortunately, the dream quickly becomes a nightmare for many first-year and first-generation students.

In this program, Jonathan provides students the playbook to develop powerful goals, overcome limiting forces, and develop the winning foundation to succeed in college and life.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to create a 4 Year Foundation to set up 40 plus years of happiness
  • Seven critical traps every first-generation or first-year student should avoid in order to be successful
  • To overcome anxiety, explore opportunities, embrace resources, and make positive relationships
Financial Foundations: 7 Things Your Students Need to be Shown About MONEY

The cost of education is growing. The cost of NOT being educated about MONEY is growing even faster. These days students are graduating with more debt and little to no savings more than ever before. A recent study reported that 80% of students failed a recent financial literacy quiz.

In this program, Jonathan Medina teaches students the 7 mistakes students must avoid in order to create a strong financial foundation. Students will walk away with planning strategies for financial and academic success. More students may be going to school, but if we do not teach them financial literacy we are only closing the academic gap, not the success & achievement gap. Together we can help first generation students build financial wealth.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • Learn the 7 most common financial mistakes made by students.
  • How to make simple strategies for Financial and Academic Success.
  • The most important people to connect with about finances before and during college.
  • The biggest thing your students and families can do right now.


The following are past entries Jonathan has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog