Hi, my name is Hasan Davis. I am

I motivate and train role models and organizations who work with youth to continue their good work and develop the next generation of leaders.

Hi, my name is
Hasan Davis.
I am

I motivate and train role models who work with youth to continue their good work and develop the next generation of leaders.

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How do we ensure that every child achieves their greatest potential?

This question lies at the heart of the national dialogue on education and juvenile justice policy.

It is the foundation for the day-in and day-out work of teachers and youth development specialists and it is core to the hopes and dreams of every parent. Central to this is how we succeed with ALL children, including those who are facing the most serious barriers to success: poverty, violence, trauma, disabilities and low expectation.

I absolutely believe that each child can and will succeed as long as the adults and systems in their world create hope.

Hasan Davis

I help leaders to develop the next generation of young people.

I create hope dealers.

I inspire leaders to see themselves as pivotal change agents in the development of youth.

I provide them with the tools they need to engage, encourage, and empower the youth in their communities.

I do this by ensuring:

  • young people have hope and resilience
  • educators have the capacity to support and build resilience in young people
  • organizations do their work in ways that children and youth are at the center and by living out their mission to serve kids

Hasan is a rare individual, driven towards the goal of making a difference for our young people who are struggling to find their way home and for those fortunate enough to be alongside them for the journey.

Kurt Morgan
Juvenile Supervision Officer

Trainer & Consultant

Of all the resources that a school or organization has, the most important is their people. Hasan provides technical assistance to executive leaders designed to accelerate their impact and their organizations’ impact. His coaching, facilitation and training provides opportunities for leaders to vision and plan for their own growth and their organization’s growth.

Hasan provides professional development designed to engage, encourage, and empower staff. His training sessions are interactive and utilize multiple creative mediums. Participants write, they play games, and they share their own stories. Hasan has provided training to educators during school district opening days, to youth workers at continuing education sessions, and to youth advocates at conferences.

Hasan teaching educators

Author

Hasan is the author of two books. Written Off is the culmination of a lifetime of love and lessons that have shaped his personal journey from a young man in crisis to a champion for children. It has been used in college social work courses, in higher education first year initiative programs, and in reading groups for alternative school staff.

His first children’s book, The Journey of York: The Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (published Jan 1, 2019), tells the story of the only African American on the Lewis and Clark expedition. At a 3rd grade reading level and with gorgeous illustrations, this is the perfect book for:

  • Virtual One School, One Book programs
  • Peer mentoring programs (high school – elementary school mentoring sessions)
  • Centerpiece for Family Engagement Nights
Hasan speaking on stage

Speaker

Part stand-up comedian, part storyteller, part statistician; Hasan invites audiences on an emotional experience. Sharing his journey from Juvenile Delinquent to Juris Doctor, Hasan is proof positive that great things can happen when adults champion the lives of children. Few can receive a standing ovation from a room of Wall Street bankers and an auditorium of maximum-security inmates – Hasan has.

Performer

Hasan brings history alive and gives voice to overlooked heroes through his theatrical performances of: 

  • York: Explorer
  • A.A. Burleigh: Civil War Soldier
  • Joe Louis: America’s Champion

Hasan brings to light the stories of the people of color who have been present at all points of our great history.

Hasan’s one-man shows are a superb example of experiential, interactive learning that is engaging for adults as well as youth. Hasan has presented to groups ranging from corporations, colleges, historical organizations, public libraries, schools, prisons, to churches in over 37 states.

Hasan as York

Clients Include

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Lewis and Clark National Park Trail Heritage logo
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What Students Are Saying

Thank you so much for that amazing speech. It really hit me because like you when you were my age, I have the same trouble. I’m from Detroit, MI, and I have been through all the same things you went through. I thought fighting was the only way out, but it got me in lots of trouble with friends, family, and the police. Like you I changed, I have become a new girl. Thank you for showing me I’m not alone.

Julie S. | Age 14, Detroit, MI

Today you made me think that me and my life has a purpose. I have never really thought much of myself but today you changed everything. I would like to give you my thanks, so THANK YOU!!! You are a really inspiring guy.

Justin C. | Student

I’ll admit that when I walked into that gym I was prepared to snooze the hour away while some guy stood on stage and droned on and on about morals and doing well in school. However, let me assure you, I didn’t sleep a wink with you up there. Something got through to me: DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE DIFFERENT, you do what is right and you can never lose. Thank you.

Melissa L. | Student

Vermont Family Network keynote speaker

Vermont Family Network: Youth Summit

by Chris Davis “You have a gift of the ability to share your story and possess the courage to open up about your journey to help others.” Hasan acted as the keynote speaker as well as a workshop leader for youth at the Vermont Family Network’s youth summit aimed at helping youth with disabilities by

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Hasan featured on a National Park Service webinar

Speaking from his home in Berea, Kentucky last Thursday, Hasan was featured on a National Park Service webinar called “Hasan Davis: A Conversation About York, Equity, Race and the Lewis and Clark Story.” He spoke and answered questions about York and how his story makes a good conversation started in the midst of the Black

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EKU Learning Community: Written Off Book Study

by Chris Davis “Hasan’s warmth, humor, and dedication made the group feel included in the war against failure and letting our kids fall through the cracks – he made us feel that we are all part of the solution!” Over the course of four weeks, Hasan addressed a very important group in the education field

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Inquire About Booking Hasan Now

Whether you need professional development for educators, literacy support for students, or a keynote speaker for your event, Hasan has you covered.

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