John Vandenburgh

John Vandenburgh has spent his career working in the fields of violence prevention, youth development, safe schools and internet safety. He has served as a high school teacher, school site administrator and a district safe schools coordinator. He is now a nationally recognized program developer, trainer and speaker on the latest youth trends and critical issues that are impacting the next generation of young people.


John’s experience includes

  • Pioneering the first internet safety social reporting tool for youth to utilize to address online harassment.

  • He is the author of the PLUS Program, a youth based curriculum that is being utilized by schools nation wide to address bullying, cyberbullying and building safer environments for all students to be included in.

  • His most recent work includes developing the Directional Leadership Survey and Resource Database for schools and communities to utilize to trend youth behavior.


John’s work has been shared on media outlets that include, but are not limited to:

  • USA Today

  • New York Times

  • NBC News

  • FOX News


Most recently he was featured as an expert in the award winning International Cyberbullying Documentary “SUBMIT”. 


Some of the organizations John has presented his work to include:

  • Office of Homeland Security

  • California Attorney General Gang Summit

  • International Bullying Prevention Association

  • National Youth at Risk Center

  • California School Resource Officers’ Association

  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs


John has been awarded:

  • As a Violence Prevention program developer, he received the “Ananda Guruge” (Ger – Gay) Lifetime Commitment Award, presented by Stop the Violence, Increase the Peace Foundation based in Los Angeles, California.

  • As an Educator he received the California League of High Schools Educator of the Year Region X.



For booking information contact:


Stacy Anderson

(949) 544-1410