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 seen in th...
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...
4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and American Record Holder, Television Star, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Sanya Richards-Ross Sanya, star of Sanya’s Gland and Gold on WeTV, is the fastest American woman in history at 400 meters. She became the first American woman in 28 years, and only the 2nd in history, to be crowned Olympic Champion over 400m at the 2012 Games in London. Surging past her competitors in the last 50 meters of the race, Richards-Ross claimed her crown as 400 meter queen in dramatic fashion. The London games also set the st...
- Association, At Risk Youth, Attitude, Black History Month, 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 Judge Karen has a colorful and engaging style that is as distinctive as her black robe and her bright blonde hair. As quick to aid the helpless as she is to dismiss the hare-brained, Judge Karen confidently dished out justice to a national television audience. She has a half-hour syndicated courtroom series, "Supreme Justice with Judge Karen" founder and executive produced by Byron Allen.People are fasc...
Celebrity Servant: lives to fuse her entertainment expertise with her passion for service through empowering troubled youth and struggling families living in marginalized communities.
Sonja Sohn Sonja Sohn was born and raised in the South, primarily in Newport News, VA, to an African American father and Korean mother during the post civil rights era. After a youth filled with love, struggle and small triumphs, Sohn set her sights on New York City where she lived for two decades, briefly attending various colleges and eventually marrying and raising two daughters before moving to Baltimore in 2003.In her late teens, So...
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...
White House Correspondent for EBONY MAGAZINE, the largest African-American publication in the world.
Kevin Chappell Kevin covers the White House and Capitol Hill, including hearings, floor debates, press conferences and events throughout Washington, D.C. for Ebony Magazine. In 2008, during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, he led a team of staffers at Ebony to lay out a journalistic and public relations strategy that proved to be the most important and monumental strategy ever embarked on by the magazine. In addition to in-depth...
A natural pioneer at grasping the rapidly changing landscape of technology, Corvida Raven is known for talking technology in plain English.
Corvida Raven A natural pioneer at grasping the rapidly changing landscape of technology, Corvida Raven is known for talking technology in plain English. Since the age of 19, Corvida has consistently captured the tech world's attention with her award-winning blog, SheGeeks.net. Translating the value of social media services and how to utilize them in tandem with innovative devices and mobile apps is a natural passion for this...
Economic Empowerment - Successful Business Executive with a special insight into the issue of both income and wealth inequality for people of color
William A. Clement Mr. Clement is the former President & CEO of Atlanta Life Financial Group, Inc., one of the largest and oldest black-owned financial services company in the country. Founded by an ex-slave in 1905, Atlanta Life is a privately-held financial services company which provides insurance, asset management and investment banking services. Bill was awarded the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation by the Americ...
Internationally recognized attorney, publisher and artist advocate.
L. Londell McMillan An internationally recognized attorney, publisher and artist advocate, Mr. McMillan is recognized as one of the most influential leaders of his generation. He is a partner at the law firm of Meister Seelig & Fein LLP. Mr. McMillan is also an entrepreneur and Executive Publisher of the re-focused Source Magazine (www.thesource.com) and the recently launched Jones Magazine (www.jonesmagazine.com) (a leading fashion, beau...
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...
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...
Filmmaker, TV Personality and Award-Winning Journalist.
Clay Cane Clay is a New York City-based, television personality and award-winning journalist. His work covers various topics: pop culture, sexuality, race, religion and social justice. Clay is a graduate from Rutgers University, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in English and African-American Studies. Clay has provided commentary for television networks such as MTV, HLN, ABC, MSNBC, BET and FOX. He has contributed to numerous print a...
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!!’ V.Y.Z.I.O.N. Strategist, Speaker, Life Coach, and blacklifecoaches.net contributor helping you go from slump to success!!
Shaun Marq Anderson Growing up in the rough terrains of Pine Bluff, AR was no easy feat for Shaun Marq Anderson. His formative years were marked by financial and familial struggles, including growing up in a fatherless home and bouts of extreme poverty. As he grew older, he had to deal with times of homelessness as well. With all of these obstacles, he could have easily followed in the path of drug dealing, stealing, prison, or the grave...
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...
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 ...
James is a well-known innovator in both the civic and entrepreneurial community.
James Chapman is a well-known innovator in both the civic and entrepreneurial community. He was nominated for the 2015 White House Demo Day for being Founder of Oil Drop; an online platform and app that gets your oil change delivered. His most recent venture is Workaholics; a collaborative space for entrepreneurs on a membership basis during the day, and open to the public at night for anyone looking to tackle projects and share ideas...
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...