Youth Motivational Speaker & Poet
I truly understand what it feels like to try and form and discover identity and purpose. Set backs are not really set backs, but launching pads into overcoming the impossible. I share through my own struggles and relate to young people.
Dewayne can relate to teens, especially at risk youth. Knowing what it is like to be fatherless,counted out, bullied, made fun of, rejected and stereotyped among other things. He believes that our lives only improve when we take risk. The first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
Imagine…..capturing an audience with free-style rap, spoken word and laughter, drawing them in, comfortable and building trust. When you least expect it, real life comes into view.
You will be touched by the emotional struggle that I share. My rough upbringing and adulthood tragedies do not end in sadness. It rises above discouragement to show how anyone can turn their life around for the better.
Dewayne has established a reputation as a youth motivational speaker, spoken word artist and rapper who can inspire any teen despite background, race or gender. Dewayne offers up a healthy balanced dose of real life up to date advice that he calls “Reality Check”, but on your side. His speaking ability in front of a crowd of youth is truly an amazing thing to witness.
Dewayne was born to a single mother and raised with two sisters, in which they all have different fathers. His father got murdered when he was 4 and was raised without any positive role model father figures.
At an early age I was taught how to be a con artist, playboy, thief and started selling drugs at the age of 15. To deal with the struggle, I mastered the art of freestyle rap. At the age of 17, I dropped out of high school and ran the streets. When I was 21, I was faced with ten years in prison for selling drugs, but the judge gave me another chance, three months in jail and two years probation. At the age of 24, I became a Christian and obtained my GED. From there, I went on to Eastern Kentucky University and graduated with a B.A in Broadcast & Communications.
Since then, I have been traveling to churches, NFL Hall of Fame events, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, youth camps, college campuses, concerts, workshops and even across seas to Ghana Africa sharing my story and how you can turn any tragedy into a testimony.
Having overcome low self esteem, depression, stereo types and many of life’s obstacles, I strive to pass this knowledge on to anyone who will listen. My relentless optimism and story of victory truly inspire people to battle through anything and use their trials as a golden opportunity to shape the present and future as they desire to live.
Dewayne is perfect for Freshman Orientation and College Keynote Lectures. Dewayne can move a Leadership Conference full of young motivated attendees to take action and to reflect on the importance of leadership and principles that make a great leader.
When you book Dewayne as a speaker for your event , you get a speaker that knows how to reach any audience and set them off on a journey of self-exploration and change.
Dynamic and compassionate, Dewayne is chosen as a speaker by churches, schools and colleges for his ability to engage teens and young adults while educating them about the real life challenges they face. His stories encourage, inspire, and empower both teens and adults.
Middle school assemblies, high school assemblies, college events, student leadership conferences, foster care events, churches, and youth camps.
Dewayne shares his own personal stories about growing up as fatherless and troubled kid, how he overcame many of life obstacles.
A. I’m actually pretty flexible with this. My presentations are typically 60 minutes, but we can shorten it or lengthen it to meet your schedule. My job is to serve you. Let me know your time constraints and we’ll make it work.
A. I have a fee structure with different options. I understand that churches, schools and colleges all have different budgets. Email me and we’ll discuss this in more detail.
A. I can offer one of two options for travel expenses. 1) My speaking fee + travel expenses which consist of the usual stuff to get me from point A to point B (airfare, hotel, ground transportation, meals, ect). 2) All-Inclusive package and I cover the travel expenses. You only have to mess with one invoice and one line item for your budget. It’s easier for everyone that way.
A. I understand many churches/schools/groups have tight budgets. I want to do everything I can to help you out. If you’re willing to commit, I’m willing to work within your budget. Contact me and I can help you figure out the best option for your needs as well as your budget.
A. My love for Christ and helping young people overcome adversity.
A. Absolutely. Once we agree on a date and time just put down a 20% deposit. If I have to cancel for any reason, the deposit will be fully refunded to you with in five business days. Deposits are non-refundable otherwise.
A. The best thing to is just email me. I’ll let you know if a date is available or not.
A. Everyone I meet is an inspiration. The experiences in my life have taught me to see the good in all things and all people despite the bad in the world. This is my daily reprieve an reflects what I truly want in life.
A. I started rapping when I was 10. When I was 12, I had a vision of myself with a microphone speaking to crowds. I ran for school president in elementary school, but lost. People in my life always told me I had a voice to speak and help people because of what I have personally been through.