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Speaking Tour

"A vital part of [Kimmie's] mission lies in the power of his life's story. Not only do his experiences during the Liberian civil war captivate his audiences with the story of human suffering, but also with resilience to overcome."

YAI Public Relations

Every year, Kimmie Weeks embarks on a nationwide speaking tour to motivate young people to become pioneers of change. To date, thousands of students have heard his message and many of them have gone on to start their own humanitarian organizations or have joined other change-making programs. Download the 2010 Speaking tour brochure.

To date, Kimmie has delivered dozens of speeches to many diverse audiences in the United States and other parts of the world. However, Kimmie's unique perspective on topics such as civil war, child soldiers, children affected by war, children living in difficult circumstances, poverty, and peace building allow him to instantly connect with young audiences. His unique ability to navigate his speeches from the ravages of war to the potential of young people as activists makes his speeches incredibly motivational and effective.

Weeks plans to use his unique background and strong faith in the world's young people as catalysts for a speaking tour which will take him to high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States in an attempt to inform youths of the world's humanitarian crisis and to motivate them by showing them the tools to become activists for social change.

"I remain a strong believer in the power of young people to make change happen," Kimmie said in a recent interview. "I believe that young people have immense power, more than we realize. Once [young people] are informed and begin to feel the issues, they will discover their passion for change and will put it to use."

Many of the people in his audiences have gone on to initiate projects, fundraise for humanity, or taken up the mission to inform their peers. Kimmie hopes that the speaking tour will continue to be a mechanism for encouraging future generations to remain informed and excited to use their resources to make a positive difference in the world.

Invite Kimmie to Speak

2006 will mark Kimmie's final major speaking tour for several years. From January 15 to March 30, he will speak to high schools, colleges, universities, and youth conferences throughout Canada and the United States. He will address topics such as impoverished children, civil war, prospects for Africa, child soldiers, youth action for social change, and peacebuilding. If you would like Kimmie to speak at your school or conference, please contact Youth Action International.

Major Speeches

40th Anniversary of USAID
Children's International Summer Villages (CISV)
Ohio, USA
Columbia University
New York, USA
Connecticut College
Connecticut, USA
Davdison College
North Carolina, USA
Florida Central University
Florida, USA
Generation of Hope: NYC
New York, USA
Generation of Hope: Minneapolis
Minnesota, USA
Generation of Hope: Chicago
Illinois, USA
Georgetown College
Kentucky, USA
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C., USA
Global Youth Leadership Forum
Hamilton College
New York, USA
James P. Grant Memorial Intellectual Forum
Liberian Senate and Legislature
Middebury College
Vermont, USA
National Youth Leadership Conference
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Massachusetts, USA
Oberlin College
Ohio, USA
Colorado, USA
Pennyslvania State University
Pennyslvania, USA
Smith College
Massachusetts, USA
St. John's University
New York, USA
State of the World Forum
Tufts University
Massachusetts, USA
United Nations
University of Massachusetts
Massachusetts, USA
University of Southern California
California, USA
Western Michigan University
Michigan, USA