DEREK CLARK presented by Another Journey Inc
Derek Clark knows first-hand the power of attitude in coping with adversity and overcoming hardship. At five years of age, Derek’s mother and stepfather (his biological father was in prison) abandoned him at a psychiatric hospital. He was then turned over to the California foster care system, where he spent the next thirteen years of his life, contending with rejection, humiliation, emotional distress and overwhelming anxiety. Yet through it all, Derek never gave up, and went from victim to victor by literally taking a disadvantage in life and turning it into an advantage. His remarkable story is one of resilience and redemption, from his personal to professional life.
Having suffered brutal child abuse and abandonment, Derek was prone to severe distress and lashing out in anger. As a child, he was “labeled and misdiagnosed” in almost every psychological evaluation in existence. As a helpless child, Derek was nearly institutionalized due to severe erratic behavioral problems and violent tendencies. At 6 years old, Derek was diagnosed as mentally handicapped with an IQ of a two and half year old and suffered erratic psychosis. As he developed, it became clear to his wonderful foster parents that this diagnosis was without merit.
Derek’s life mission has become helping others find the mental strength to recognize and take advantage of opportunities. His talks are based on true-life trials and triumphs, and have inspired thousands of listeners to have the mental strength to overcome adversity and fear. His purpose is to cultivate drive, focus, and the courage to take action. Derek inspires youth and adults across this nation to never give up and to not let the past limit their incredible future.
Derek is also known as the internet Rapping Dad from his viral video hits. He has been a featured expert on CNN Headline News, The Ricki Lake Show and The Steve Harvey TV Show.
Derek Clark website: http://www.iwillnevergiveup.com/
Another Journey, Inc. is a local Prescott ministry providing housing and creating strategic partnerships connecting at-risk youth and young adults with tools, resources, and opportunities to be successful in Northern Arizona. They plan to provide transitional housing for young adults aging out of the foster care system in Northern Arizona. Within a safe and structured environment, these youth are offered support and mentoring to help create a culture of community and a sense of "belonging".
Along with housing, Another Journey Inc. is working to offer job skills support, connections to educational opportunities, discipleship, life skills classes, and faith-based mentoring. All fundraising by Another Journey Inc. goes toward these projects.
Another Journey website: https://www.anotherjourney.org/