"On a mission to create a stigma-free zone and help teens from all around the world feel more confident."
The Teenage Impact is focused on bettering teen mental health. We share stories, tips & specific strategies to overcome certain struggles specifically pertaining to teenagers.
Suicide is on the rise for teens and is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. It is a topic that must not be overlooked and needs to be consistently addressed in school systems and households and among peers.
Teenage Impact aims to be the go-to organization for teens who seek positive content specifically tailored them. We provide books, interviews, life-changing social media content, self-published and teen-published blogs, digital magazines, programs & speaking engagements.
Shelomo Solson interviews people from all around the world who are now making an impact on the community by sharing how they overcame their challenges as a teenager.
We also have fellow teens sharing their experiences and how others who are experiencing similar challenges can overcome them.
We invite you to open up about whatever you are going through or have gone through. Imagine whose life you can touch by sharing your story.
About Shelomo Solson
Shelomo Solson is the founder of Teenage Impact. When you look or talk to him, he seems motivated and confident. He wasn’t always like this. Below is his condensed story – the story of an underdog.
3rd Grade to Senior year of High School (1999 - 2009)
Shelomo was bullied starting in 3rd grade. He dreaded going to school for ten years because of it. He was bullied for his accent, ethnicity, religion, athleticism, weight, height, the clothes he wore, not having a girlfriend, the list can goes on.
Sometimes he would come home with bruises crying. He didn’t want to defend himself or tell an adult because he was afraid of being known as a “snitch” or getting beat up harder. He made his parents not say anything.
Some of the other boys would push him around telling him to defend himself, but he would never would because he thought he was much weaker than everyone else.
When people made fun of him in front of people, he would try to have a comeback, but every time he did, the other kids would laugh because it wasn’t a good comeback.
When he would get up and give presentations, the first 15-20 seconds people would laugh because of the way he spoke. He became self-conscious of speaking in front of large crowds because he always thought people were laughing at him.
He never had a girlfriend or kissed a girl during those years. When he would express interest in even liking a girl, they would laugh at him or reject him.
He remembers playing sports with his friends. He was always the last one to be picked because the other kids knew he wasn’t very good. In his early high school days of running track and cross-country, there were a couple of races where he received last place.
He was born with Indian/Pakistani descent and Judaism as his religion. The other kids would always mock him with an Indian accent and call him terrorist because of his Asian descent. They would always make harsh Jewish jokes like I am going to shove you in an oven, or all the Jews should have died in the Holocaust.
One of the most common things people would pick him on was the way he spoke. English wasn’t his first language. He had a pronunciation issue with his words, and people wouldn’t understand what he was saying half the time. He would try hard to get people to understand him. He got self-consciousness speaking around big groups of people because he was afraid people would ask him to repeat himself or they would laugh at him.
He hoped college would be different, and at the end of his senior year of high school, he decided to join a fraternity to become more social. Some of his high school friends couldn’t see him in a fraternity. His college goal was to become more confident.
College (2009 - 2013)
Shelomo was young and naïve entering college. He attended the University of South Florida with one goal in mind: become confident. He started looking into fraternities when he came across a South Asian based multicultural fraternity. They seemed welcoming and nice. When he joined, he decided to run for a couple of available leadership positions. He still clearly remembers how members laughed throughout the whole speech because of how he spoke. He lost several positions including the External Vice President position because they thought he wasn’t social enough. He even remembers someone telling him they couldn’t envision him as a leader. He became even more self-conscious.
He knew he had a long journey ahead and the only way to change his circumstances in his life was to level up his skills and earn respect. He started getting advice from the more social fraternity brothers and observing how they interacted with others. He started getting outside his comfort zone and making friends with strangers at events. He asked girls out. Some rejected him, and some didn’t. He began taking big positions in the fraternity and at his university.
For the first time in his life, he felt wanted. He hung out with a group of people who cared for him. It was easy for him to talk to people, and he became more comfortable speaking in front of large groups of people. People respected him in the fraternity. And he was finally in a serious relationship. The first three years of college seemed like a fairy tale for him.
Then senior year and 5th year senior year happened. Everything went downhill for him. His GPA was falling, he couldn’t find any college internships, he went through a break-up with his long-term relationship, he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life, and worst of all, 4 of his closest fraternity brothers died in a car accident.
He fell in a depression and the sad part was no one knew he was going through it. He went to get therapy, and there were many nights where he didn’t feel like getting out of bed.
Yet, Shelomo dug deep. The summer before his 5th year of college, he read a book called The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. That is when he discovered he wanted to become a speaker and inspire millions around the world.
That goal gave him a purpose and a whole new meaning from life. After his fraternity brothers died in a car accident the semester he graduated, he rekindled that purpose and surrounded himself with nothing but positive content.
Post College (2014 – 2019)
Shelomo knew he wanted to become a speaker and inspire millions but didn’t know one thing on how to do so.
He knew he had to up his skills in sales, public speaking, marketing, leadership, networking, and other business areas.
He took a job selling alarm systems door-to-door in Baltimore, helped build his sister’s start-up, joined Toastmasters, took regional and national leadership positions in his fraternity, hired public speaking coaches who have spoken around world in almost 200 countries, and led youth public speaking programs for a couple years.
He was working on himself and his side hustle everyday after he got out of his full-time position at 5 PM.
Everything seemed to go well in the beginning. At 23, he was winning speech competitions against people who had decades of experiences over him. He was the Dale Carnegie Sales Champion against 11 other adults who were older than him, and he was awarded National Alumnus of the Year award for his fraternity during its National Convention.
During his highs, he also started encountering failures. He was working on several projects in the startup that didn’t pan out the way he wanted to, started a YouTube Channel called Public Speaking Guy that barely got any views, and pivoted to Purpose Creates Impact where he realized he wasn’t really passionate about its mission. Through it all, he felt burnt out, suffered from major anxiety and was lonely because he felt none of his friends were on the same path..
After feeling empty and putting a lot of pressure on himself, he realized many people around him were unhappy with their lives as well. It disturbed him how many people were facing inner battles. He started paying more attention on mental health and realized how common mental health challenges were. Suicide is on the rise, especially for teens.
That’s how Teenage Impact came about. Shelomo combined his own experience with bullying and mental health challenges with the desire to help the next generation. He was confident that he could make a difference.
Teenage Impact (2019 – Present)
Teenage Impact started building momentum fast. In seven short months, Shelomo conducted 51 interviews with people from around the world like the United States, Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Australia & Indonesia with a variety of teen struggles. His content has also received thousands of downloads from around the world, and he is receiving messages from teens on how Teenage Impact content is changing their lives.
We are more than just a positivity website. We are a community of people who are not afraid to share our story because we know we won’t be judged for it. We understand the importance our story has to the world.
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Shelomo’s speeches are entertaining, powerful, and heart-felt. He has spoken to as little as an audience of five to several hundred students. He specializes in talking about resilience, mental health, and anti-bullying.