Leifel Jackson: Inspirational Keynotes - Gang, Drugs, Teen Violence
If one should ask Leifel Jackson
what one thing he
believes in most he
would answer "The power to believe anyone can make a change and everyone can make a difference."
isregarded as one of the pioneers in the war against at risk youth, drugs, gangs and violence.
has witnessed in his
lifetime what most people can not even imagine.
For many years in Little Rock, Arkansas, The Blue Bandanas, drugs, guns are the first thing that come to your mind when you thought of a man named Leifel Jackson
However today in the minds of hundreds of children from ROCAN
(Reaching our Children and Neighborhoods), and, the former leader of the Original Gangster Crips
(OGC), is Mr. Leifel Jackson
often shares his
story throughout the United States and now resides in Little Rock trying to make a difference and encourage a child through his
is a mentor, counselor, teacher who cares and shares his
wealth of knowledge from his
gang affiliation now behind him, Leifel
has made a remarkable transformation from gang leader to his
high profile role as community activist, youth advocate, motivational speaker, gang consultant, and Director of ROCAN
a private funded youth violence prevention program focusing it's services to youth at risk.
story is his
largest asset in working with the kids who are heading in the same path he
took many years ago.
Many times the only person that can reach them is someone who has been down that path.
Someone they can respect and have respect in return, someone that is not going to judge them but encourage them to travel another path creating a new and positive journey.
In 1994, Leifel
gained national attention in one of HBO'S highest rated documentaries, "Bangin'
in Little Rock which won a CableAce Award for Best Documentary.
At that time Leifel
was the leader of the Original Gangster Crips
(OGC), one of the most powerful gangs in Little Rock, Arkansas in which he
participated in illegal activity.
Shortly after the documentary he
was sentenced to eight years federal time for drug trafficking.
A decade after the first documentary Leifel was featured in the follow up, Bangin
in the Hood, Gang War 2, but this time he
is trying to make a positive impact in the hood.
Determined to make a difference in his
community and try to detour a youth from the dangerous path that he
Mr. Leifel Jackson
is considered a walking miracle as he
personal plight to save his
neighborhood and uplift the youth.
He has received numerous awards and is a member of Toastmasters International, has been the featured speaker at several conventions and conferences including The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Cleveland, OH; Lynchburg Summit on Safe Neighborhoods in Lynchburg, VA; Small Business Administration Entrepreneur Conference in Helena, Arkansas; and Boys State University in Conway, AR.
has been a featured guest on Travis Smiley's NPR Radio Show, "Let Our Violence End (L.O.V.E.), Talk Show broadcast on Equity Broadcasting Corporation
is also trained in substance abuse prevention and intervention.
is also the recipient of many national awards including the distinguished 2002 Juvenile Justice Worker of the Year Award... Martin Luther King Jr. 2005 "Salute To Greatness" Josetta Wilkins Courage Award for his
hard work and dedication to help making a positive change in the inner cities all across the country.
life story of how he
went down the wrong path and the lessons he
learned along the way.