Changing Lives Presenter Dante’ Marcellous Means founded an organization that Changes Lives in high schools across America.
Ever since Dante’ teamed up with Changing Lives Entertainment, he has been known to bring tons of energy to the stage and be full of entertainment. What you might not have known is that he also spent time working as a recruiter for two universities in Iowa. As a recruiter he broke records for the amount of minority students recruited.
Now, through Heart of a Student assemblies, Dante’ has found a way to combine his classic entertaining style of presenting with a specific purpose – to increase college access and awareness of resources.
The assemblies open with a drama piece by Changing Lives youth motivational speaker Travis Lloyd. The skit is followed by engaging musical performances and college access tips by Dante’, as well as an outstanding performance by an international performing group, the Brazilian Twins. The twins offer stories of overcoming the ghettos of Brazil through higher education. In between performances, college reps had a live Q&A where students were actively engaged. It was all tied together with a live DJ, DJ Pei. The goal is to create a production and captivate an entire student body for an entire 90 minutes. The first event was held at Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa. After observing a successful event, Gear Up, a national and state program for increasing college access to first generation and minority students, has offered to partner with Heart of a Student to impact over 30 high schools in Iowa.
These assemblies are a precursor to the first Heart of a Student conference at University of Northern Iowa, Spring 2013. Students from Lincoln High School as well as Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids were among the first to be invited. Highlights of the upcoming conference include: free concert performed by national performing artist, youth empowerment summit hosted by BET networks, and career focused workshops. For more info use our contact page or call (646) 535-8728!
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