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2024 Keynote Speakers

Dr. John Gaines

John “Push” Gaines is a former at-risk kid turned CEO/Founder of nonprofit PUSH for Dreams, a Best-selling author, renowned speaker, leadership consultant, and mentourship advocate.  Dr. Gaines has heartfelt enthusiasm for his audience and embraces crucial subject matter with a highly organic, kind-hearted approach fueled by positivity and the intrinsic desire to unite community.  His message of pushing through adversity and defying the odds has transformed classrooms, school districts, and businesses across the nation.  This keynote session will focus on empowering at-risk youth by highlighting strategies for positive outcomes.  It emphasizes the importance of an individual’s belief in the potential of these youth.  The session aims to explore practical ways to inspire and motivate at-risk youth. 

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