Who are the best keynote speakers to hire for foster care and child welfare conferences? The one’s who have experienced living in the foster care system. They are the experts who have survived and thrived despite their tough circumstances.
Meet Derek Clark, a very successful motivational speaker, author and keynote speaker for foster care and child welfare events. He grew up in the foster care system for 13 years and credits a lot of his success in life to his loving foster parents and a fantastic social worker that never gave up on him. They believed in his potential when he had so many labels and behavioral issues that he had to contend with. Derek is not the type of speaker that is going to speak negatively about foster care, foster parents or social workers, he uplifts and rejuvenates their passion for the hard work they do every day. He speaks with much gratitude for a system that saved his life from abuse and abandonment.
One of Derek’s popular presentations “If You Will Believe, They Will Believe: A Child Who Has Hope Will Have the Belief That They Can Achieve” is inspiring and educational.
When Derek speaks, it is directly from his passionate soul. Derek’s exceptional program is full of information, hope and inspiration. He brings along his guitar to sing the journals of his life growing up in foster care. He believes that music is one of the purest ways to touch and communicate with the hearts of the audience. He speaks on the subject matter, “You cannot think negative thoughts about a child and then expect them to live a positive life.” He inspires you how to commit and build upon your strengths when encouraging children and youth to have hope. He shares with you how to overcome negative thinking and labels towards a specific child or lost and troubled youth. He empowers you to feel, see and know that you can make a difference. Derek is proof that someone believed in him.
Based on Derek’s personal experience of spending 13 years in foster care, he presents startling facts about growing up as a foster child and how he had to overcome many violent, emotional and mental issues. Derek shares with you how he made it out alive as a troubled at risk teenager and how he triumphed in his personal life. He takes you down his personal road of lessons that he has learned of hate, anger, mistrust in adults and foster parents, violent tendencies, rejection, lack of love, child abuse and the memories that haunted his life. His insight inspires audiences as he is a success story from foster care.
Derek teaches you how he learned to trust, connect, love and view his life in a positive and productive way. He knows that through foster parents, social workers, teachers, mentors, peer support counselors, youth leaders and youth development staff, they do make a big difference. It is all about connection and alliance. When you change the way you look at a child or teenager, there life will take wings and fly because you believed in them.
Here are a few of Derek Clark’s topics that will motivate, inspire and share a message of hope.
– You Cannot Think Negative About a Child and Expect a Positive Outcome
– The Critical Needs of Children Who Have Suffered Trauma
– Resilience to Redemption
– How To Build Trust When They Won’t Trust
– How To Inspire Youth To Overcome The Pain of Their Past and To Not Let it Limit Their Future
– Why a Child or a Troubled Youth Needs You To Believe In Them
– How To Find The Worth of a Child’s Soul and Help Them Discover The Leader Within
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