Program Title

From Special Ed to CEO [Motivational Speaker]
Provider Name
Shadrack Boakye
Shadrack Boakye

Brentwood , NY 11717

Program Description
Shadrack Boakye was born in Liberia, Africa, during a crippling civil war that took the lives of over 200,000 citizens in the early 1990s. Shadrack and his mother were among the few survivors to escape the war-stricken country. Through all the hardships he has endured once he entered the United States, among them not being able to read, he has since proudly overcome adversities that many immigrants who enter a new country face. His drive and passion for the arts have presented many opportunities for him to channel his creative power. He is now an accomplished speech and debate champion, public speaker, writer, playwright, director, performer, and the President of “The Truth Pro Studios.” His company has traveled to venues on Long Island, New York City, and other major cities for five years, performing original works. Some of his accomplishments include: Earning multiple national awards: a signed boxing glove accompanied by a personal letter from the heavyweight boxing icon Muhammad Ali, winning two Gold medals in the NAACP-ACT-SO playwright and performance competitions which a distinguished Harvard graduate and a Columbia University Professor judged. In 2018 shadrack' received a New York Emmy Award for best story. His Tv acting credits include a role in Spike Lee’s You Gotta Have It (TV series, 2017.) FBI, and New Amsterdam. When not performing or writing, Shadrack is an official Motivational Speaker for Scholastic, Inc. His audiences include Educators, School District Administrators, and middle and high school students. He has been a panelist on NBC’s Education Nation with Anne Curry to discuss what he thinks needs to be done to ensure that every student receives a world-class education and has been sponsored by Miriam D. Couch, former President of 100 Black Women of Suffolk County through the I Am the Voice…Poetic Theater for Justice Program as a featured act at the United Nations. Scholastic has recently published a book about his story called "Unstoppable" for System 44 students nationwide. Shadrack Boakye has proven that any and everything is possible with faith and persistence. He aims to touch the world with his gift. In 2010, He received the honor of becoming the youngest male awarded the Black History Month Distinguished Service Award.

Professional Development, Social Studies , Social Studies

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3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,Professional Development

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Cost Single: $5,000
Cost Multiple: $5,000

45 minutes