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
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
I motivate and train role models who work with youth to continue their good work and develop the next generation of leaders.
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 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
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 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
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.
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.
What Students Are Saying
I recently visited Grinnell College (where my son Malcolm attends) to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I shared my story and performed as York, and I was also blessed to record a podcast with Malcolm. You can hear it on the All Things Grinnell podcast page, and it is also available to listen to
If you have never had the opportunity to imagine yourself as an important part of your nation’s past, how can you ever imagine that you could be valuable to its future? Following is an article Hasan wrote that was published in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of the AC&E Journal. You can find a copy of
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Whether you need professional development for educators, literacy support for students, or a keynote speaker for your event, Hasan has you covered.