What others are saying

“Being introduced to your book changed my thoughts of life. I wanted to commit suicide but then I picked up your book, since you went to my sister’s school. I’m 18 but I felt like I’d lived enough, I was miserable until I read your book. It’s giving me the push and urge to live life a positive way. I will continue to pursue my dreams because of you. Thank you!”  – Mariah B

“I just got your book a few days ago, and I can’t stop reading it. I’ve been able to identify with it, my life is like yours and I’m hoping that reading this book will help me.”  - Jeremy (Philadelphia)

“Hi, I’m the mother of some students you spoke to in Philadelphia, and I have to tell you, your book was hard to put down… I read all of it in just 2 days! It was quite a story, but how you were able to turn it all around.” - Anonymous

“On behalf of the students at Olney, I wish to thank you for connecting with us so that we could have Damien Jackson speak to our male students. We greatly appreciate the time he spent with his personable attitude and us towards the young men he spent time with on an individual basis.I see many of our young men reading the book in the hall and during lunch. We even put a book in our in-school suspension room. There are males and females that have read the book, during their time in the in-house room. I have not seen our students share information about a book until now. The males that Mr. Jackson spoke to were students that have had discipline infractions for fighting, using profanity, oppositional with staff and peers, amongst other things. Mr. Jackson seemed to really “reach” the young men. They asked a lot of interesting questions and responded with fervor. I can’t thank you enough for choosing Olney to be one of the schools Mr. Jackson visited.” - Glenda Darby (Assistant Principal, Olney West High School – Philadelphia)”

It was refreshing to listen to a young man, Mr. Jackson who communicated a message of hope and inspiration. We are always searching for individuals to give our students a glimpse of the real world and at the same time show them the true purpose of why education is a must in our global society. We were searching for someone to speak to what I refer to as my “crossroad students” and we found a gem. I highly recommend Mr. Jackson because he does what he does to not gain fame or fortune but to save our young people’s lives.”  – Michele L. Wilson, M.Ed (Assistant Principal, The Promise Academy at Roberts Vaux High School – Philadelphia)

“The program featured Mr. Damien Jackson who spoke to our students about his life, and his book; “Shoulda been Dead”. The program had the students very engaged as they could relate to a lot of the information Mr. Jackson was presenting. Overbrook is a Comprehensive High School and most of our youth come from what is considered low-income families. There is a lot of strife in the city, gangs, flash mobs, etc. and our students are challenged every day to come to school and appreciate the education they are receiving. They are constantly challenged with making the right decisions. Mr. Jackson kept the presentation real and up beat. The students enjoyed the program and asked a lot of questions. It was a very engaging presentation, which provided hope for those who think they have none. I would recommend this presentation to any school. I look forward to seeing you guys again next year!”  - Phyllis B. Green (Assistant Principal, Overbrook High School – Philadelphia)

‘A Remarkable and awe inspiring presentation, it is great for the students.’ - Jason Seigellak (Event Coordiantor, Farragut High School – Chicago)

For the programs done I found them as a wake up to young people. We concentrated on our 9th and 10th graders and Damien reached students that the school had been unsuccessful with. I loved the fact that the show even included students that graduated from our school. I am so impressed with Damien that I have asked him back to talk to my 11th and 12th graders next. - Britt Wilmeth (Dean of Students, Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center – Houston)

The students and teachers enjoyed the presentation. Thank You for including us. - Dr. Benjamin (California)

It was at Town Hall than it’s ever been before. - Ms. Ross (English Teacher – New York)

Very Inspirational, good to see other black males sharing their stories with young people in our communities. - Mr. Franklin (Teacher – Foundation High School – New York)

The Presentation was great because Damien talked ‘For Real’ He understands us (what we are going through). -  Luis Tavarez (Student – New York)

It was very great, it was definitely touching and has opened my mind to new things. I will try to help my friends to better themselves as well. - Ta-Neeka Lewis  (Student – New York)

Very inspirational and motivating for youth and hope for the possibilities of change. - Charlayne Inniss (Teacher – New York)

I think this was very inspiring because the things that Damien went through, I could actually relate to. - Kateshia John (Student – New Jersey)

Damien’s story is so powerful. I was really impressed at how he was able to keep our students attention. He is truly a blessed individual. - Camellia Bowen (Teacher – Texas)

Damien’s talk was extremely engaging. humorous at times, personal, sad, and tragic all rolled into one. The best part was how he triumphed and continues to do positive things. - Karla Thomas (Teacher – South Oak Cliff High School – Texas)

Being introduced to your book changed my thoughts of life. I wanted to commit suicide but then I picked up your book, since you went to my sister’s school. I’m 18 but I felt like I’d lived enough, I was miserable until I read your book. It’s giving me the push and urge to live life a positive way. I will continue to pursue my dreams because of you. Thank you!  – Mariah B

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