Phoenix, Arizona, United States
(480)559 -WGNI

Educator, Speaker & Life Coach

Educator, Speaker & Life Coach working to help companies, schools & districts develop engagement strategies for success.  


Educator, Speaker & Coach

Y. Nelson Thomas, M.Ed aka Ydrate The Motivator is an Edutainment (Education + Entertainment) Specialist who artfully seeks to master the spoken word and his craft as a Transformational Educator and Creative Artist. 

He is driven by the belief that mastering mindset, motivation & engagement is the foundation to success and achievement.


Ydrate partners with companies & school districts using an innovative approach to deliver best practices that elevate mindset and inspire motivational engagement.

Education Ambassador



Ydrate’s creative keynote and presentations can be used for staff days, in-service programs, professional seminars, convocations, continuing education programs, beginning of the year school kick offs and end of the year celebrations for school districts, colleges, universities and educational gatherings of all kinds.

“My mission is to engage young minds to inspire educational enthusiasm and engagement while elevating personal levels of esteem and success.” 

His program is designed to edutain (educate & entertain) while celebrating students, educators, administrators, faculty, staff, counselors, and para-professionals everywhere.

The Make Education Cool Again Podcast Coming Soon

Host Y. Nelson Thomas “Your Educational Engagement Partner” will be launching his new podcast  Make Education Cool Again or The MECA Podcast. Stay tuned for updates as we get ready to change Education around the world.

Your Education & Leadership Engagement Strategy Partner

Y. Nelson is focused on a holistic approach to increasing educational engagement and enthusiasm. While he values academic success and formal education, he also understands that education goes beyond classroom walls and traditional learning environments.


Research shows that educational engagement is on a steady decline.  This trend has the potential to undermine the success and achievement. 

Low educational engagement is increasingly viewed as an issue associated with low achievement, boredom, alienation and high drop out rates. Given the serious consequences of educational disengagement, the need to “Make Education Cool Again” is at an all time high.

Professionalism and Experience

As a professionally trained and experienced Speaker and Life Coach, I have the tools and understanding to help you to create the life you imagine and get a renewed sense of self. I can help you change your perception of life so that it is filled with vitality and enthusiasm.

Supportive Journey

Committing to a more meaningful lifestyle is just that – a commitment, and it’s a big one that will take a lot a dedication. But believe me when I tell you it will be worth it. My personal commitment is to provide you with accountability, understanding and support while accomplishing lasting growth. 

Pocket Motivation 101 by Y. Nelson Thomas

Pocket Motivation 101

Pocket Motivation 101: Proven Strategies that inspire positive thinking... This pocket sized minibuk is a positive thinking resource guide containing an eclectic collection of information which includes a cognitive reconstruction process, guided meditative practice, statements of resolution, uplifting affirmations, and inspirational thoughts. Pocket Motivation 101, fits into most pockets for easy access to positive thoughts. 

Now Available on Amazon

Pocket Motivation 101 in now available in paperback and downloadable version for all digital devices. Get your copy today.


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Contact me to learn more about how we can work together to help reach your personal and professional goals.

(480) 559-9464

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