I live to inspire others
I am Ricky Roberts III, author, national speaker and founder of You Are Valued (YAV). YAV is a movement of valuing others that inspires youth (all people for that matter) to see the value in who they are and to appreciate the same in others. I take what I have learned in my own life (YES – the many mistakes I have made too) and the insight I gain from 1000’s I have the privilege to connect with, every year, to offer all that I can to inspire others.
As a young person I was exposed to, and experienced, abuse on many levels, which impacted my perception of love, and my self worth. After being stabbed nine-times at the age of 17, I started to ask myself, “Why am I still here?” “How can I use the challenges I’ve faced to help others?” “What is my purpose?” Asking the bigger questions of my life was just the start. It was only a matter of time before they turned into the pursuit of my passions, dreams, and things I will change in the world.
I have the privilege to connect with 1000’s of youth and adults on a yearly basis in a wide variety of settings. Whether it's speaking for a class, support group, at-risk program, awards ceremony, school assembly, an adult training, community event, and/or a national conference, I love it all just the same.
Writing and sharing my books gives me a sense of passion, purpose, and happiness that money could never buy.