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.

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.


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 adults in their world create hope.

Hasan Davis

I help educators to develop the next generation of leaders.

I create hope dealers.

I inspire educators to see themselves as pivotal change agents in the development of their students.

I provide them with the tools need to:

  • engage,
  • encourage,
  • and empower their students.

To listen to Hasan speak is to feel my spirit soar. He 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
Hasan speaking on stage


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.


Of all the resources that a school or organization has, the most important is their people. 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


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:

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


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

Ashland Chautauqua logo
Lewis and Clark National Park Trail Heritage logo
Umatilla Indian Reservation logo
University of Minnesota Crookston logo
Auburn Avenue Research Library logo

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

Hasan Davis school speaker

Visiting Lots of Kentucky Schools in November

I’m having a great week of Hope Dealing close to home. Friday I’m at Floyd Central High School in Kentucky and the Narrative 4 story exchange with students from the Bronx NY. Yesterday was Knox Central High School in Barbourville, KY with a whole school assembly, a breakout session for student leaders and mentors and then a great conversation

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Hasan Davis portrays York

Actor Hasan Davis to portray York at Western Carolina University

Hasan Davis, an author, actor and youth advocate, will visit Western Carolina University as part of the 2018-19 interdisciplinary learning theme “Defining America,” with two public presentations. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Davis will tell his life story of a troubled youth who overcame obstacles to become commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice in a 6

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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.

Hasan Davis