As a teenager, Gabe Salazar struggled to find his identity. In a family that often did not make ends meet financially, Gabe was transferred from one school to another. At each new school, he ‘reinvented’ himself to fit in with whatever was popular and trendy at that location.
Now, Gabe uses these life experiences to help students dealing with the same issues.
“I wish someone would have told me that there’s hope, and not to give up,” he says. “I want to tell that to students now. Enjoy the process. Enjoy the downs as much as the ups because there’s something to learn and be enjoyed in both.”
The power behind Gabe’s message is that it is solutionary. He doesn’t just entertain; he provides solutions to students’ problems from his own experiences. He tells them that it’s not too late to turn things around for themselves, and his own life is the proof of that.
As one of only a handful of Latino speakers on the national level, Gabe and his urban speaking style stand out.
“I’m very teen-culture driven,” he says. “No matter where I go, the teen culture understands all of the things I’m saying. I keep things fast-paced and high-energy.”
He believes a good message is like a good movie or a good song–it is relevant and it’s something you can hear over and over again. That’s why students are drawn to him and his message. He keeps it genuine.
“I want them to know that there’s hope,” he says, “that they should never stop believing in themselves.”
Students across America connect with Gabe’s search to find himself. He reassures teens that their feelings are normal and that the answers are within themselves. Book a student assembly program with Gabe Salazar.
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Comments on Gabe Salazar’s Programs
~Middle School Student
“Gabe really made me think about a lot of things I am doing. I never really thought about how my actions can cause problems for others until I listened to his speech.”
~8th Grade Student
“Towards the end he did a very serious skit, and you could have heard a pin drop in our auditorium the kids were so engaged and focused on his message. One of the best speakers I have ever heard!”
“I have heard nothing but positive feedback regarding Mr. Salazar’s presentation. He certainly made a huge impact on our students and staff by sharing significant pieces of himself with humor and grace.”
“Wow! A blessing and inspiration to our youth. A simple but powerful message. An impact felt by all. Your heart begins to beat with more meaning as he delivers humor with real life encounters.
~Portales Jr. High Staff