ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephen Tako is a motivational speaker and anti-bullying advocate. As the host of his video talk show “Tako Talk”, Stephen has interviewed guests who shared inspirational stories to inspire adults and children who have been negatively impacted by bullying and to increase their self-esteem.
Author of the book “Motivated To Act”, Stephen teaches individuals to live lives more rewarding and to heal from past negative experiences. “Motivated to Act” helps people find the ‘Motivation’ to ‘Act’ upon their true dreams and passions in life.
One of Stephen’s most ambitious projects is the development of a book series based on his character Junga the Dancing Yeti™. This fictional character has been compared to Rudolph and Dumbo as a favorite children’s storybook. He is working with educators to provide virtual and live presentations to primary school assemblies to motivate and assist children to overcome bullying and other forms of neglect.
Stephen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. As a SAG-AFTRA union member, he has acted in films, television, and commercials including suicide prevention and anti-bullying public service announcements. Stephen also hosts the Los Angeles Movie Awards, NYLA International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood.
To encourage strong leadership skills in children grades K-3rd grade and ingrain in them the desire to treat others as equally important. In instances of witnessing bullying, discrimination, or any form of neglect or abuse, our mission is to motivate children to find and act upon effective resolutions.
Students who gain a clear understanding of what bullying and/or related negative behaviors include and how they affect others are more likely to refrain from such behaviors. Additionally, properly educated and motivated children will likely take action to stop the negative behavior when they see it. Increased awareness for all is the foundation of the Motivated to Act Anti-Bullying Foundation and its creative programs.