About Dewayne Smithers
When most people hear about Kentucky, it is usually in reference to the Horse Capital of the World, University of Kentucky Wildcats and the land of fine wine. When you think about spoken word/poetry, you think about places like L.A, New York, Chicago, D.C, Philadelphia and Seattle, but never Kentucky. One Kentuckian is blazing a trail for youth motivational speaking & the art of spoken word throughout the bluegrass state.
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, he was taught how to be a con artist, playboy, thief and started selling drugs at the age of 15. To deal with the struggle, he mastered the art of freestyle rap. At the age of 17, he dropped out of high school and ran the streets. When he was 21, he was faced with ten years in prison for selling drugs, but the judge gave Dewayne another chance, three months in jail and two years probation. At the age of 24, He became a Christian, obtained his GED. From there, he went on to Eastern Kentucky University and graduated with a B.A in Broadcast & Communications.
Since then, Dewayne has 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 his 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, he strives to pass this knowledge on to anyone who will listen. His 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.
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.
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.