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Deonte Bridges captivates audiences across the country - traveling to places near and far to stand before rooms full of elected officials, local educators, community activists, and students to share his message of adversity, hope, and dreams. Deonte is the ideal speaker for your next school assembly, leadership conference, baccalaureate, awards ceremony, or graduation. Aiming to equip people of all ages with the tools and knowledge to overcome their obstacles and unlock their full potential, Deonte's account of true life-trials and personal triumphs will ignite enthusiasm with a strength and determination like never before. Be educated, encouraged, and empowered by his words; and book Deonte Bridges to speak at your next event.



Deonte has a unique way of connecting with the students. I always bring him in to share with my students and staff. His story is one that lets people know that all things are possible in spite of the many challenges that present themselves along the way. I’m so very proud of him and the work that he is doing to change the narrative for so many people around the world.

Robin Robbins, Principal

Atlanta, GA

We are so proud of Deonte and greatly appreciate the inspiration he has brought to Floyd Middle School. The students absolutely love him, and many of them have started to share their aspirations to become valedictorian and earn scholarships for college. His passion to help these young people is very evident; and he’s definitely the type of role model that we want to continue to have working with our students.

Dr. Teresa Hargrett, Principal

Mableton, GA

Deonte’s message really spoke to me and encouraged me to do better in school, to strive to do more, and to take advantage of the opportunities that are given to me.

Kenneth Brown, Student

Toledo, OH

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Deonte Bridges literally brought me to tears in a matter of minutes. He reminded me of why I got into education and why I wanted to become a teacher, for kids like Deonte who are looking for a path to a world bigger than they even sometimes dared to dream for themselves.

Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning for Lufkin ISD

Lufkin, TX

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Deonte showed that he really does care about us. I can tell that he really wants us to do well in school and in life. His story really inspired me to push myself to do well in school so that I can position myself to become an oncologist in the future. Something that was really cool was how he stayed behind and had lunch with some of us after he finished speaking. I believe that many of us really appreciated that. That meant a lot.

Destiny, Student

Mableton, GA

Deonte's speech motivated me to care about my education and to choose my friends wisely. He's definitely a role model to me now, and I hope to be like him one day. One thing that I took away from his speech is that in order to be the person I want to be tomorrow, I have to start being that person today. I'm really grateful for the many lessons he shared with all of us here at Floyd Middle School.

Arely Sclano, Student

Atlanta, GA

After listening to Deonte, I realized that there truly aren't any boundaries when it comes to what is possible. I realized that you can achieve anything when you combine hard work, dedication, passion, and love. After hearing him speak, I really felt encouraged and inspired to achieve my goals and change the world.

Alex Cruz, Student

Atlanta, GA

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