Youth Empowerment Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur, and Mentor
Darnell grew up just South of Houston, Texas. Some would say that Darnell's neighborhood was located on the wrong side of the tracks. However, he credits his neighborhood for sparking his passion for serving youth in the urban context and beyond. He began working with youth nearly 20 years ago. His experience working with youth includes small group instruction, mentoring, non profit, ministry, and more.
In addition, Darnell has experience working in Finance and Management. Darnell possesses the uncanny ability to quickly build rapport and earn the respect of youth from diverse backgrounds. He believes that all youth can be successful regardless of situation and circumstance.
Darnell is a proud graduate of Texas Southern University. He is a first generation college graduate and a first generation serial entrepreneur. He is passionate about empowering aspiring first generation college students.
Darnell and his beautiful wife reside in Dallas, TX and have three beautiful children.
STUDENT EMPOWERMENT WORK SHOPS
Our student empowerment workshops based on the book, Gonna Be Successful: The Interactive Student Success Guide. Each workshop focuses on a critical need areas for students. Our presentations are engaging, motivational, empowering, and student partication is encouraged throughout. Our workshops are delivered in a relevant way that empowers students to take ownership of their success.
MINDSET MATTERS!: This workshop highlights the importance of mindset and how to overcome self limiting beliefs and self confidence struggles.
GOAL SETTING: This workshop exposes students to the different types of goals(short range, mid-range, and long range), how to set clear and specific goals.
PLANNING: This workshop walks students through the steps of creating a practical plan to achieve their goals.
GIFT DISCOVERY AND MAXIMIZATION: Every student is immeasurably gifted and able to impact the world with their gift(s). This workshops equips students with strategy to help discover and maximize their gifts(super power).
CUSTOM WORKSHOP: Designed to meet the specific needs of your students.
*Workshops are available a la carte, however, we strongly recommend all for maximum value and impact.
*Workshops can be delivered virtually or in person. Each single workshop is approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour long. Multiple workshops can be combined to create a seminar to meet your unique programming needs.
Overall, the speech was a good motivator. It has inspired me to continue to reach my goals in life so i can also be successful.
Ms. Johnson - Non-Profit Director
Darnell makes engaging with youth look so easy. He has a magnetic personality that draws young people in effortlessly. His passion for youth to become the best version of themselves is evident.
...your presentation was extraordinary. It has inspired our team and audience more than you know.
Mrs. Thomas - Program Director
Darnell's message was right in line with our mission and the purpose of our event. He was energetic, engaging and inspiring. We were pleased with the message of the day and glad he left such a positive impression on our audience.
The message you gave was very inspiring and now I know that I can work towards being what I want to be right now instead of waiting.
Your presentation today reminded me about the importance of setting a vision, making a plan, and executing that plan despite what may be going around me. Thank you
This session was very inspirational and helped me understand the process of being successful and what it take to get there.
Ms. Rodriguez - Administrator
Darnell's desire to equip the next generation of leaders with the tools necessary to lead. Darnell's energy and passion burst through in his message, leaving a young audience inspired.
Mr. Middleton - Educator
Darnell is a phenomenal speaker that seeks to stir his audience towards action. Darnell has a rare mixture of competency and conviction that leaves a memorable experience with his listeners. He is a skilled communicator that can reach groups of any size and background. I would highly recommend booking Darnell for your next engagement.
...it’s individuals like yourself who dedicate their life journey in helping students like me not give up or loose hope. Thank you again for speaking with us at TrioUB.
As a first generation college graduate Darnell understands many of the challenges and hardships that aspiring first generation college students face. The “GONNA BE” mindset says that I’m going to be successful in spite of challenges that I may face and/or my shortcomings. The book challenges students to:
- Apply Social Emotional Learning principles
- Take ownership of their thinking and embrace a growth mindset
- Begin planning their success NOW
- Take inventory of their unique giftedness
- Set goals, long and short term
- Create a plan to achieve their goals
- And more...