Student Success for At Risk Youth

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Poverty
Abusive Father
Homelessness
Sexual Abuse

I’ve lived through all of these. I had to overcome them as I realized that I could have a better future than what my life had dictated. In my engaging keynote, I share my story of experiencing all these things, but more importantly, I share the steps I took to overcome and leave these events in the past where they belong.

In the past 20+ years, I’ve shared this message with tens of thousands of people to help them change their mindset, overcome their past, and move to their best future. You can count on me to be humorous, interactive, and an engaging speaker, full of insights and stories that inspire.

I have been teaching middle and high school students for more than 20 years. I know their struggles. Their pains. Their insecurities. I was exactly like them. I suffered from “I Can’t” syndrome, but finally found the process to break free. I wish it was just a little magic pill, but it’s not. It’s a process. I’ve helped hundreds on their own journey.

Now I’m a veteran, husband, dad, teacher, musician, author, and grandad! Contact me today and let’s discuss your needs.

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Topics

Your NOW Doesn’t Define Your FUTURE (middle/high school)

How Teachers Saved My Life (for those who work with middle/high school)

Young Leaders Academy (middle/high school)

Quotes from others

“Are you seeking an engaging, funny storyteller who will leave your audience wanting more? James Divine is a delightful speaker whose stories leave you feeling as if you’ve always known him. If he has his saxophone, expect a lovely bonus!”

— Michelle Mras
Award Winning Inspirational TEDx Speaker
Coach, Author and Podcast Personality
www.MichelleMras.com

“During the COVID-19 pandemic we had James Divine speak at our online chapel service via zoom. I was impressed that even though his message was aimed at our students it really resonated with me as well and encouraged me to trust God more deeply. We had a wide range of ages there from elementary to high school. In spite of that, James did an excellent job of making it relatable for all ages. At the end he played one of his original saxophone pieces. It was delightful and relaxing to hear him play, giving us a chance to reflect on the message and God’s word.”

–Johanna Caron, Teacher, RCE International School, Philippines

“James Divine is an amazing speaker. He is funny, humorous and quite a delight to watch! If you ever get a chance to hear him speak, do so! If you ever get a chance to hire him, grab the chance, you won’t be sorry!

James Divine was the lunchtime keynote speaker for my Be Authentically U event on September 7th 2019 and he did not disappoint! All eyes were on him, I did not see one person looking at their phone as he had captured their attention with his Italian stories and costumes weaving in various characters from his life. By the end of his speech our bellies were hurting from laughing so hard and our hearts were touched!”

— Trisha Trixie
Greenwood Village Colorado, Faith-based Empowerment Specialist
www.Trishatrixie.Com