Youth Motivational Speakers
Now, more than ever, our youth are bombarded with challenges. In a day and age when negativity seems so prevalent, how can we promote our children’s best, most positive selves? Several GBS speakers focus on youth motivational speaking, and, through their work, redirect young black youth towards positive thinking and action. If motivating youth to be their best selves is your targeted event goal, see the list below for specialized event speakers.
Award-winning actress and activist of rare talent and conviction, speaks on behalf of Artists for a New South Africa, Children’s Defense Fund, and U.S. State Department, to educate people around the world on issues involving HIV/AIDS, Civil Rights, etc.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell Jurnee is an award-winning actress and activist of rare talent and conviction. She joined the cast of NBC’s critically acclaimed series, “Parenthood,” for its 5th season after co-starring in the most recent series of HBO’s “True Blood”. Jurnee also starred earlier this year in Tyler Perry’s film “Temptation.” The film was Perry’s biggest grossing box-office hit outside of his “Madea” brand.Jurnee was also ...
International Authority on Soft Skills • Award-Winning Youth Advocate
Al Duncan Al is an award-winning youth advocate, publisher, and internationally recognized authority on soft skills who travels the world "Equipping Young Minds For Exceptional Performance.™" As the leading motivational speaker for at-risk youth and troubled young people, Al has delivered Duncan Nuggets®, live and in-person, to over 1 million young people around the world. He is the owner of three successful business and he...
2011 Global Teen Leader, actor, author and education activist impacting youth one story and one community at a time.
Jordan Coleman Jordan is a young man on a mission. At 17-years-old, he's a filmmaker, actor, author, education activist, honor roll student and athlete. He was recently named one the 25 Most Influential People in Our Children's Lives by Children's Health magazine. Jordan won the 2011 Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival HBO Best Feature Film competition with his film Payin’ The Price, a cautionary tale about teen dat...
- Association, At Risk Youth, Attitude, Black History Month, Celebrity, College Orientation, Commencement, Constitution Day, Domestic Violence, Emancipation Proclamation , Family, Homecoming, Law School, Martin Luther King Day, Women in Law, Women in Media, Women in Society, Womens Empowerment, Youth Motivational
- $10,000 - $20,000
Judge Karen Mills-Francis Since the fall of 2008, Judge Karen has graced the airwaves as one of TVs most recognizable court show judges. She has a colorful and engaging style that is as distinctive as her velvet robe, vintage brooches , and her bright blonde hair. As quick to aid the helpless as she is to dismiss the fool hardy, Judge Karen confidently dishes out justice to a national television audience in her show, “Supreme Ju...
Recognized as a Social Activist of Empowerment who brings balance, skill and relevance to people and organizations around the country.
- Attitude, Black History Month, Black Men , Black Social Commentary, Black Student Union , Campus Activity, Career, College Motivational, College Success, Commencement, Community Outreach, Corporate Leadership, Diversity, High Achieving Youth, HBCU, Homecoming, Leadership, Organizational Development, Personal Development, Professional Development, Public Service, Relationship, Religious, Self-Esteem , Substance Abuse, Success, Womens Empowerment, Young Black Women, Youth Motivational
- $2,500 - $5,000
Early Jackson Early Jackson is what you would call a statistical anomaly. With a traumatic birth as a premi weighing only one pound and a few ounces, Early was born a fighter. His childhood began with a strong, loving mother and an entrepreneurial father which was picturesque of an average middle class family. The later separation of his mother and father sparked a life that would prove to be the exact opposite. Stepping into po...
Advertising Executive • Best Selling Author • Voice of Millennial Generation
Detavio Samuels Detavio is one of the advertising industry’s youngest executives and has helped some of the world's biggest companies (including Walmart, Chrysler LLC, NBA and Johnson & Johnson) build their brands and connect to consumers. Currently Detavio operates as the President of GlobalHue-Detroit, the nation's leading multicultural advertising agency, where he leads teams to develop crossover strategies and ideas that ...
Dee-1 uses his experience as a hip hop artist, educator, and survivor from the slums of New Orleans to motivate others to live with Mission Vision and fulfill their life calling.
David Augustine (Dee-1) Dee-1 created his own lane in Hip-Hop by making music that motivates anyone on a mission to win the game of life. He is the epitome of soul, swag, and New Orleans—while never shying away from being the voice of the underdog who grinds with a purpose.After graduating from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree, Dee-1, born David Augustine, financed his musical dreams by teaching middle schoo...
Youth Speaker & Leadership Coach
Jules Ferguson “It was two o’clock in the morning on Memorial Day. No one was around. I stared across the room and saw nothing but a white ceiling, white floors and walls. There was dead silence, the kind that pierces your ears because it is so loud. In that moment, I had a choice to make - to live or take my own life. I chose to live.” The main message of Talkin’ About Life focuses on the “Power of Choice.” Jules speak...
Keynote/Motivational Speaker • Author • Philanthropist • Entrepreneur and Former College Football All Ameican
Brandon Maye You’re GUARANTEED Life-Changing Results! "What God has for you, no devil in hell can ever take away - Point Blank!! There is no weapon formed against you that shall prosper." - Brandon Maye Brandon Maye began his life journey with numerous frustrations and hurdles to overcome. He started from humble beginnings and even stood on the threshold of his NFL dream with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brandon beat insurmounta...
Retired NFL Superbowl Champion turned NFLPA Senior Manager: Coach, Motivator and Mentor.
George Hegamin For more than 15 years, George has utilized his experience as an NFL athlete and Super Bowl Champion to successfully coach, motivate and mentor student-athletes, entrepreneurs and sales teams alike. Born in the rough inner city of Camden, NJ, George is the walking billboard for motivation and perseverance. He walked on to his high school football team as a junior and was able to parlay that into successful caree...
Isiah is a visionary with a passion for change, and is committed to creating opportunities for urban communities to thrive in the areas of economic, education and community revitalization.
Isiah Anderson Isiah is a man of passion. From his faith, to his family, to his business, he is driven by a passion for change. With more than 20 years of experience in leadership, mentoring, and coaching, Isiah aides his team in developing and implementing programs designed to innovate urban education, create economic opportunities and cultivate community-building partnerships. He is the Managing Officer of Three Cord Inc., a m...
‘From Janitor to PhD!!’ Scholar Activist with expertise on diversity in sports and leadership communication.
Dr. Shaun Marq Anderson Dr. Shaun Marq Anderson is a scholar and public intellectual specializing in the areas of sport and social change, corporate social responsibility, and leadership communication. He is one of those rare individuals who rose to success despite a turbulent upbringing. For many black men, the statistics say that those who grow up in low-income, single parent home are destined for failure. But for Shaun, he ...
The “Chief Bookman” specializing in social entrepreneurship, education, motivation, and social justice.
Jonathan Beatty Jonathan is a highly rated corporate analyst turned social entrepreneur and early childhood education advocate. His journey has taken him from a trailer park to graduating with honors with both his B.B.A. and M.B.A. by the age of 23. He is now the Founder and Chief Bookman of Servonta, an educational apparel startup that donates a new book to a child in need with every product sold.Jonathan was born and raised i...
Aaron is a 14 year old award-winning filmmaker, author, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and talk show host of “A Few Moments With Aaron”. Aaron is a positive voice for the youth by demonstrating you are never too young to follow your dreams.
Aaron Johnson Aaron is a 14 year old Entrepreneur, Author, Award Winning Filmmaker, Motivational Speaker and Talk Show Host. Aaron is a young man with a big vision. At the age of 9, Aaron began his passion for film making & editing. He started his journey on an Acer laptop using the Windows movie maker software. Aaron progressed to using Sony Vegas, Movie Plus, Hit Film, iMovie, Final Pro X and Adobe Premier CS6. After he mastere...
Setting and achieving goals is paramount to your success and Glenn Keller is a Zig Ziglar Certified Speaker and Trainer who is spirited and compelling.
Glenn Keller According to the best research less than 3 percent of Americans have written goals and less than 1 percent rewrite their goals on a daily basis. This means it becomes even more challenging to become successful. A goal not written down is a wish that doesn't have any power behind it.The lack of clearly defined goals causes the problem of being involved in a lot of activity with very little if any productivity. It does...
Inspirational life story of gang leader sentenced to over 100 years in prison who changed his life direction, got out of prison and now inspires audiences that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and follow your dreams!
Andre Norman From being one of the most feared prison gang leaders in the United States to becoming one of the nation’s most dynamic agents of change, Andre Norman has been speaking and inspiring corporate professionals throughout the country and across the globe. He launched his program, Project Footprints, in 1999 to teach corporate audiences how focus, purpose, resilience and effective planning can overcome even the most daun...
A Youth Leadership Strategist Encouraging Youth to Get Up, Get Out, & Go Get It!
Laymon Hicks All teens are troubled. It goes with the territory. A part of the “passage.” There is the typical “torment” of wanting to belong, to be the same, to be liked and accepted. Is my nose too big? My height too short? My hair too long? But not everyone belonged to the Brady Brunch. Drugs. Alcohol. Violence. Stress. Depression. Add the words bullying, peer pressure and self-doubt and you’ve entered the real world drama ...
Leader of The Hustle Movement
James Chapman is a serial entrepreneur, nationally recognized speaker, and author of #TheHustle -- published for motivating dream chasers to pursue their goals without ceasing. He manages small business and entrepreneurship initiatives in Detroit and Cleveland under Rock Ventures for Dan Gilbert (Founder of Quicken Loans and Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers). He is the host of PBS television show The Leap, and in 2014 he delivered a T...
Using his story from the grasslands of Africa to Wall Street, Jeff speaks on succeeding in the face of challenges, student success and unleashing potential.
- Academic, At Risk Youth, Attitude, Black History Month, Black Men , Business Development, Business Executive, Campus Activity, Career, College Leadership, College Motivational, College Success, Corporate Leadership, Economic Development, Personal Development, Student Affairs, Success, Youth Motivational
- $5,000 - $10,000
Dr. Jeff Kaluyu was born in a small poor village in Africa. His biggest dreams as a little boy were those of his grandfather. He dreamed of owning many animals and taking them to the grazing fields to show off the numbers himself. He wanted to be the one to name his cows and goats according to their behaviors and control them, just like his grandfather.As he grew older he realized that his grandfather’s dreams were limited and he was li...
Sole proprietor of a Cold Stone Creamery in Atlanta; Co-owner of BreathLes Printing and BreathLes Publishing; Owner of Clover Entertainment, a television and film production investment company.
Shannon Leon For Ms. Shannon the journey to achieve success as an entrepreneur included an equity partnership in both a Hampton Inn and a Marriot Courtyard property in Atlanta; the sole proprietor of a Cold Stone Creamery in Atlanta; co-owner of BreathLes Printing and BreathLes Publishing, both based in Miami; owner of Clover Entertainment, a television and film production investment company; and several commercial buildings. Ms. Leon is...
To empower girls and young women to overcome challenges, as well as adverse situations, by improving self-image, as well as developing life, social and interpersonal skills.
Charisse M. Callieham Charisse is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She is the daughter of Ms. Connie Callieham, and proud mother of Isaiah S. Warr. Growing up, Charisse’s mother and grandmother instilled into her the importance of education; thus, she acquired and always had a love for school. Upon graduating high school, Charisse began her college career at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida. After completing 2 semes...
Dynamic speaker who speaks to the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life, on subjects that matter most: faith, leadership, team synergy, as well as race & culture.
Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe Goodloe was born in South Central Los Angeles, in the city of Compton, California. He attended Centennial High School and was offered full-athletic scholarships from multiple universities around the nation; he selected the University of New Mexico. Goodie was active in student and local government, serving as student regent and student body president in college, as well as a regional coordinator for a nat...
Teacher • Author • Poet • Speaker • Community Activist
Nigel L. Walker Through his education, professional experience, and community service, Nigel has developed into an esteemed educator, poet, author, motivational speaker and community activist.He is a 2010 - 2011 Teacher of the Year Candidate and honored member of the Biltmore (now Covington) Who's Who Professional Registry for excellence in education.He has published 2 poetry books and has recently released his newest work, The ...
Award-Winning Youth Advocate, Best-selling Author, Inspirational Speaker, Relationship coach, and Founder of the One More Educated Black Man Foundation.
Keishorne Scott Keishorne was born in the Town of Arima, Trinidad and Tobago, raised in Barbados and then moved to Brooklyn, NY at the age of eight where he has been resting his head ever since. While growing up in Canarsie in Brookyn he knew he was going to be the one to make a change. Inspired by friends and family; he knew he had the love and support to pursue in making a difference.Keishorne is also the founder of the “One More EDUCAT...