Derek Felton, known as “America’s Student Mentor”, is a speaker and author who is viewed as a positive role model for youth, especially young men. His mission is educate, empower, and entertain 1,000,000 students to make healthy choices, discover their purpose, and to become better leaders.
Derek has his share of successes, failures, tragedies, and triumphs. He played college Division 1 baseball (something very few people do after high school), earned a Bachelor’s degree (only 22% of the US population will do so; and the percentage is much less for Black men), authored and co-authored seven books including the award-winning “The Black Male Handbook (Atria, 2009), and was featured in a national ad campaign.
As a college student, he was put on academic probation for his poor classroom performance. After realizing he was headed down the wrong path, he took responsibility for his life, refocused and eventually achieved multiple Dean’s List honors. In early 2012, Derek suffered the most significant and painful event of his life: the unexpected death of his mother. Her legacy has become the driving force for him to inspire others to live purposefully.
Because he is open and honest about his dreams, accomplishments, and challenges, audiences are intimately connected to him. Students who are considered “hard to reach” often remark how his message has inspired them to do better. Even administrators have approached him with tears in their eyes because they were touched by his stories.
Though Derek’s primary audiences are teens and college students, his messages blend truth and humor that create a potent, transformational mix for listeners of all ages.
To find out much more about Derek and his programs please download the Media Kit.