YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
art if y (verb) 1. The dynamic acts of social change through which new objects and practices emerge and relationships and institutions are transformed.
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON
School of Music
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Meet Our Speakers
A.D. Carson, is a performance artist and educator from Decatur, Illinois. He received his Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University doing work that focuses on race, literature, history, and rhetorical performances. Through his See the Stripes Campaign, which takes its name from his 2014 poem, Carson has worked with Clemson students, faculty, staff, and community members to raise awareness of historic and entrenched racism at the university. He is an award-winning artist with essays, music, and poetry published at a variety of diverse venues such as The Guardian, Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program, and Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, among others. His essay “Trimalchio from Chicago: Flashing Lights and the Great Kanye in West Egg” appears in The Cultural Impact of Kanye West (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and “Oedipus—Not So Complex: A Blueprint for Literary Education” is published in Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop’s Philosopher King (McFarland & Co., 2011). He has written a novel, COLD, which hybridizes poetry, rap lyrics, and prose, and The City: [un]poems, thoughts, rhymes & miscellany, a collection of poems, short stories, and essays. Carson is a 2016 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Excellence in Service at Clemson University. Follow him on Twitter/IG @aydeethegreat.
Founding president and award-winning athlete, Darmetreis Kilgore, brings a wealth of personal experience and knowledge to Finding Me Academy Global through his trials and achievements as a student athlete. Kilgore has two years of AAU coaching experience, one with Rod Creech’s Midwest Basketball Academy where he helped Coach McDonald’s All-American and Notre Dame Men’s Basketball standout and current Boston Celtic Demetrius Jackson. He has also coached SMU Men’s Basketball standout Keith Frazier, and TCU Men’s Basketball standout Chris Washburn Jr. with DJH5. In 2008-2009 Darmetreis Kilgore conducted two successful basketball camps in Elkhart, Indiana through the YMCA and Elkhart Sports Center, where Hall of Fame Coach Gene Keady and Pat Magley founder of Heroes Camp came as guest speakers. Working with troubled youth and the fatherless at Heroes Camp in South Bend, Indiana from 1995-2006, gave Kilgore the passion that has sparked the FMA Global vision. As a multi-dimensional player who had the innate ability to play three different basketball positions, Kilgore was a high school McDonald’s All-American candidate, Junior College 1st Team All-American, played for Hall of Fame Coach Gene Keady at Purdue University, in addition to being selected as the teams co-captain, and an NBA Philadelphia 76ers free agent camp invitee. With the combination of these talents, Kilgore brings all facets of his experiences to FMA Global in an effort to expose student athletes to multiple levels of achievements, common pitfalls for the student athlete and the ideal skill set to get through all stages of life.
Bridget Lewis is a businesswoman with more than 20 years experience in the communication industry, which has garnered two Emmy Awards, a third Emmy nomination, and other industry honors. Prior to starting Mouthpiece Communications, Bridget built a distinguished career as a television news producer at ABC, CBC, NBC, and PBS network affiliates across the country. Her efforts as a passionate advocate for higher education resulted in placements with the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Huffington Post, Slate, CBS This Morning, CNN, NBC News, BBC, BET, Fox New Network, History Channel, National Public Radio, U.S. News & World Report, and countless other news websites and blogs.
No one defies stereotypes, generalizations or clichés more than Rickie Clark. Growing up poor in Chicago, Illinois raised by a single mother on the south side, Rickie was told by a high school teacher that he was "not college material." Fortunately, there was another teacher who believed that he was destined for more. Rickie applied to several schools and was accepted at Jarvis Christian College where he received his B.S. in Mathematics,.launching a life-long career working with youth in under served communities. Mr. Clark currently serves as My Brother’s Keeper Coordinator for Odyssey, Inc. and the Fort Worth Independent School District, Educational Consultant for the Tarrant County Advocacy Program and Peaceful Alternatives To Tough Situations (PATTS) Facilitator.