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.