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"I believe that success is within

the grasp of every student that

is bold enough to reach for it!"




TEDx Speaker, Youth Advocate, Speaker, and Entrepreneur

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.



 GONNA BE SUCCESSFUL: The Interactive Student Success Guide.



As a first generation college graduate Darnell understands the challenges and hardships that aspiring first generation college students face. GONNA BE SUCCESSFUL the presentation is designed to help foster a “GONNA BE” mindset in students. The “GONNA BE” mindset says that I’m going to be successful in spite of challenges that I may face and/or my shortcomings.  Students are challenged:

- Apply Social Emotional Learning principles

- To take ownership of their thinking and embrace a growth mindset

- To begin planning their success NOW

- To take inventory of their unique giftedness

- To set goals, create a plan to achieve their goals, and more.

GONNA BE SUCCESSFUL is jam packed with high energy, games, practical wisdom, giveaways, and student participation throughout.

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  • STUDENT SUCCESS: Success is desired by most. Yet, attained by few. Darnell equips students with tools necessary to be successful.

  • SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING: Developing the whole child is critical to student success. Darnell helps students make positive, responsible decisions, create frameworks to set and achieve their goals, and build positive relationships with adults and peers.

  • ANTI-BULLYING: Bullying has devastating effects. Darnell helps students to collectively create a culture that detests bullying and promotes respect of self and others.

  • STUDENT LEADERSHIP: Darnell is passionate about helping students develop leadership skills that will impact their lives and the lives of those around them.

  • WISE CHOICES: Choices have consequences. Darnell helps students see how there choices today can either positively or negatively impact their future.

  • CUSTOM TOPICS: Custom topics are available upon request.




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.

TEDx Organizers

...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.