Ricky Roberts III

Ricky Roberts III is the author of five books, YOU, What Really Matters, Where Did the Gift Go, Awakening the New You: A Path to Transformation, Just for Youth, youth advocate, national speaker, and founder of You Are Valued (YAV). Roberts believes that everyone matters and de-serves to know it. This belief inspired him to create You Are Valued, which inspires youth (all people for that matter) to see the value in who they are, and appreciate the same in others. Roberts has the privilege to connect with 1000’s of youth and adults, on a yearly basis, in a wide variety of settings from maximum-security detention centers to national conferences to middle and high school classrooms. As a young person Roberts was exposed to, and experienced, abuse on many levels, which impacted his perception of love, and his self worth. After being stabbed nine-times at the age of 17, Roberts let go of his role as a victim, and began to ask: how he can use everything he has experienced to impact others in a positive way. Roberts takes everything he has learned, not only from his own healing process, but those he has had the privilege to help in theirs, and fuses it into his continued effort to best understand how he may be of service to others. Today, Ricky inspires through his writings, speaking engagements, workshops, youth outreach, volunteer work, efforts with the YAV Movement, which has reached as far as Indonesia and Paris, and continues to expand in the states, and his interaction with others in his daily living. Roberts is devoted to reaching people in a positive way wherever he may be. His central message, and focus, in all he does is to let others know they are valued

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