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Craig J. Boykin

Inspirational Speaker, Author & Consultant Who Overcame Numerous Obstacles

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Craig J. Boykin Biography

Craig J. Boykin is one of the most sought-after speakers in America. Boykin endured numerous hardships that he credits for his passion for helping others. His father left Boykin and his mother before Boykin was even born. His mother began using drugs when he was in grade school. Boykin was diagnosed with a learning disability and placed in special education in third grade. Due to his difficulties in school, he repeated the third and fifth grades. Consequently, by the time Boykin was in the tenth grade, he was two years older than most of his classmates and he still did not hold the necessary skills to write a five-sentence paragraph.

Overwhelmed, Boykin ultimately dropped out of high school, thus continuing the cycle of high school dropouts in his family. His mother, father, brother, and sister all dropped out of high school. Confused about life, Boykin began engaging in dangerous activities that led him to land in jail and shot by a rival gang member of his brother. Boykin decided to enroll in the Job Corps which allowed him to earn both his G.E.D. and a diploma in Retail Sales. Immediately upon graduating from Job Corps, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. It was in the military that he developed integrity and discipline.

Boykin later enrolled in one of the most challenging four-year universities in his home town. In spite of the educational challenges he faced with a G.E.D, learning disability, and the pressure of failing, three years later, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University Montgomery. He went on to earn a master’s degree in theology and a master’s degree in criminal justice, both from Faulkner University. He is currently working on his Ph.D.

Speaking Topics
  • "Make Life Count" (Keynote)

    Make Life Count (GED to Ph.D.) is a stimulating account of Craig J. Boykin’s inspiring journey from a very challenging upbringing to motivating millions across America. Leaders across America struggle with the role of leading at-risk students and their teachers.

  • "Making Education Count" (Keynote)

    It is imperative that teachers make education count for ALL students. Across America, Craig expresses to educators that if they were working in a factory dealing with widgets, it would cost the company about $.30 cent to fix one if they damaged it. However, in education, we're not dealing with widgets, we are dealing with REAL lives. If we fail to educate these kids, in many cases, they are pushed out into society and funneled into the prison system or worse, end up dead. It is important that educators do their best to reach each student, regardless of their situation and/or circumstances. In this keynote speech Craig exposes educators to his challenges as an at-risk youth, and gives them techniques and ideas on how to deal with these students in various ways.

  • Professional Development/Conference Workshop How to Motivate the Unmotivated "Teaching with Poverty in Mind"

    Learn how to help at-risk students succeed in your classroom. It’s clear that students from poverty are habitually at a disadvantage when it comes to education, and educators can find it challenging to motivate such students become positively engaged in their own learning. Above all, Craig J. Boykin advises educators to avoid giving up on “difficult” students by deciding that certain students “can’t be taught,” and provides powerful examples of at-risk students succeeding in large numbers in supportive environments. Craig also admonishes, to remember the three “R’s,” educators must be Real, Respectful, and make information Relevant!

  • #RISEABOVE (Youth Workshop)

    This is a motivational workshop for youth who may need a little extra motivation. This workshop is intended to inspire youth to #RISEABOVE their current situations and circumstances and achieve desired greatness.

  • "Teamwork Makes Your Dreams Work " (Graduation Speech)

    What is your mindset about success?, What are your goals in life?, Your words have power, Your attitude will determine your altitude, Surround yourself with those on the same mission as you, Education is the solution, it doesn’t matter what your problems are., Are you able to adapt to life, Your good character is the most important asset you have!

Videos
Books
Right Motives, Wrong Methods

Right Motives, Wrong Methods

College Success 2.0

College Success 2.0

Masterminds of Mentoring and Human Motivation

Masterminds of Mentoring and Human Motivation

My Life, Your Inspiration

My Life, Your Inspiration

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  • HOW TO BOOK Craig J. Boykin?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Craig J. Boykin for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Craig J. Boykin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Craig J. Boykin or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Craig J. Boykin?

    Booking fees for Craig J. Boykin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Craig J. Boykin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Craig J. Boykin?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Craig J. Boykin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Craig J. Boykin for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Craig J. Boykin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Craig J. Boykin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Inspirational Speaker, Author & Consultant Who Overcame Numerous Obstacles

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Craig J. Boykin Biography

Craig J. Boykin is one of the most sought-after speakers in America. Boykin endured numerous hardships that he credits for his passion for helping others. His father left Boykin and his mother before Boykin was even born. His mother began using drugs when he was in grade school. Boykin was diagnosed with a learning disability and placed in special education in third grade. Due to his difficulties in school, he repeated the third and fifth grades. Consequently, by the time Boykin was in the tenth grade, he was two years older than most of his classmates and he still did not hold the necessary skills to write a five-sentence paragraph.

Overwhelmed, Boykin ultimately dropped out of high school, thus continuing the cycle of high school dropouts in his family. His mother, father, brother, and sister all dropped out of high school. Confused about life, Boykin began engaging in dangerous activities that led him to land in jail and shot by a rival gang member of his brother. Boykin decided to enroll in the Job Corps which allowed him to earn both his G.E.D. and a diploma in Retail Sales. Immediately upon graduating from Job Corps, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. It was in the military that he developed integrity and discipline.

Boykin later enrolled in one of the most challenging four-year universities in his home town. In spite of the educational challenges he faced with a G.E.D, learning disability, and the pressure of failing, three years later, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University Montgomery. He went on to earn a master’s degree in theology and a master’s degree in criminal justice, both from Faulkner University. He is currently working on his Ph.D.

Craig J. Boykin Speaking Topics

  • "Make Life Count" (Keynote)

    Make Life Count (GED to Ph.D.) is a stimulating account of Craig J. Boykin’s inspiring journey from a very challenging upbringing to motivating millions across America. Leaders across America struggle with the role of leading at-risk students and their teachers.

  • "Making Education Count" (Keynote)

    It is imperative that teachers make education count for ALL students. Across America, Craig expresses to educators that if they were working in a factory dealing with widgets, it would cost the company about $.30 cent to fix one if they damaged it. However, in education, we're not dealing with widgets, we are dealing with REAL lives. If we fail to educate these kids, in many cases, they are pushed out into society and funneled into the prison system or worse, end up dead. It is important that educators do their best to reach each student, regardless of their situation and/or circumstances. In this keynote speech Craig exposes educators to his challenges as an at-risk youth, and gives them techniques and ideas on how to deal with these students in various ways.

  • Professional Development/Conference Workshop How to Motivate the Unmotivated "Teaching with Poverty in Mind"

    Learn how to help at-risk students succeed in your classroom. It’s clear that students from poverty are habitually at a disadvantage when it comes to education, and educators can find it challenging to motivate such students become positively engaged in their own learning. Above all, Craig J. Boykin advises educators to avoid giving up on “difficult” students by deciding that certain students “can’t be taught,” and provides powerful examples of at-risk students succeeding in large numbers in supportive environments. Craig also admonishes, to remember the three “R’s,” educators must be Real, Respectful, and make information Relevant!

  • #RISEABOVE (Youth Workshop)

    This is a motivational workshop for youth who may need a little extra motivation. This workshop is intended to inspire youth to #RISEABOVE their current situations and circumstances and achieve desired greatness.

  • "Teamwork Makes Your Dreams Work " (Graduation Speech)

    What is your mindset about success?, What are your goals in life?, Your words have power, Your attitude will determine your altitude, Surround yourself with those on the same mission as you, Education is the solution, it doesn’t matter what your problems are., Are you able to adapt to life, Your good character is the most important asset you have!

Craig J. Boykin Videos

  • Craig Boykin: When Educators Aim Too Low
  • Craig Boykin: Student Circumstances Trump Curriculum
  • Craig J. Boykin at 2013 Alabama Adult Education Conference

Craig J. Boykin Books

FAQs on booking Craig J. Boykin

  • How to book Craig J. Boykin?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Craig J. Boykin for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Craig J. Boykin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Craig J. Boykin or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Craig J. Boykin?

    Booking fees for Craig J. Boykin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Craig J. Boykin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Craig J. Boykin?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Craig J. Boykin for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Craig J. Boykin for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Craig J. Boykin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Craig J. Boykin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Craig J. Boykin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as "Make Life Count" (Keynote), "Making Education Count" (Keynote), Professional Development/Conference Workshop How to Motivate the Unmotivated "Teaching with Poverty in Mind", #RISEABOVE (Youth Workshop) and "Teamwork Makes Your Dreams Work " (Graduation Speech). The estimated speaking fee range to book Craig J. Boykin for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Craig J. Boykin generally travels from Montgomery, AL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Keith L. Brown, Erin Gruwell, Stedman Graham, Jaime Casap and Eduardo Briceño. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Craig J. Boykin for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Craig J. Boykin Speaking Topics

  • "Make Life Count" (Keynote)

    Make Life Count (GED to Ph.D.) is a stimulating account of Craig J. Boykin’s inspiring journey from a very challenging upbringing to motivating millions across America. Leaders across America struggle with the role of leading at-risk students and their teachers.

  • "Making Education Count" (Keynote)

    It is imperative that teachers make education count for ALL students. Across America, Craig expresses to educators that if they were working in a factory dealing with widgets, it would cost the company about $.30 cent to fix one if they damaged it. However, in education, we're not dealing with widgets, we are dealing with REAL lives. If we fail to educate these kids, in many cases, they are pushed out into society and funneled into the prison system or worse, end up dead. It is important that educators do their best to reach each student, regardless of their situation and/or circumstances. In this keynote speech Craig exposes educators to his challenges as an at-risk youth, and gives them techniques and ideas on how to deal with these students in various ways.

  • Professional Development/Conference Workshop How to Motivate the Unmotivated "Teaching with Poverty in Mind"

    Learn how to help at-risk students succeed in your classroom. It’s clear that students from poverty are habitually at a disadvantage when it comes to education, and educators can find it challenging to motivate such students become positively engaged in their own learning. Above all, Craig J. Boykin advises educators to avoid giving up on “difficult” students by deciding that certain students “can’t be taught,” and provides powerful examples of at-risk students succeeding in large numbers in supportive environments. Craig also admonishes, to remember the three “R’s,” educators must be Real, Respectful, and make information Relevant!

  • #RISEABOVE (Youth Workshop)

    This is a motivational workshop for youth who may need a little extra motivation. This workshop is intended to inspire youth to #RISEABOVE their current situations and circumstances and achieve desired greatness.

  • "Teamwork Makes Your Dreams Work " (Graduation Speech)

    What is your mindset about success?, What are your goals in life?, Your words have power, Your attitude will determine your altitude, Surround yourself with those on the same mission as you, Education is the solution, it doesn’t matter what your problems are., Are you able to adapt to life, Your good character is the most important asset you have!

Craig J. Boykin Speaker Videos

  • Craig Boykin: When Educators Aim Too Low
    Craig Boykin: Student Circumstances Trump Curriculum
  • Craig J. Boykin at 2013 Alabama Adult Education Conference

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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