The Back to Me Project: College and Beyond

35. Take a Look in the Mirror with Shaun Derik

Episode Summary

Time to celebrate LOVE! For Black History Month, we want to honor all forms of love with our 4-part love series titled, “Relationships That Matter”. The first relationship we truly have is with ourselves. In today’s episode, Shaun Derik, affectionately known as “The Speaker for the Dreamer” asks you to take a long look in the mirror. How you treat yourself will determine how you treat others in your life. As the #1 Virtual Engagement Strategist for young people all over the world, Shaun shares the value in admiring yourself, as opposed to fixing yourself. He debunks the idea of “like attracts like” and encourages you to take a closer look at the inner circle around you. Shaun's expertise in effective youth engagement derives from his 10 years in youth development (R.E.A.C.H. Communications, Inc), 8 years in prevention (Youth to Youth International), and 5 years in philanthropic event planning. His most notable work has been in Character Development serving such worthy causes as The Mississippi Department of Education’s Drop Out Prevention program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York Youth Advocate team training, The National Police Activities League, and ABC Virginia’sYouth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Project. Most recently, Shaun was asked to host the West Virginia Gamechangers Opioid Awareness Conference where he engaged and inspired 13,000 students live with 140,000 young people viewing on webcast. To learn more about Shaun and his coaching services, visit him on IG at @shaunderik or visit his website at

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