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Pushing The Culture Forward With Prairie View A&M Alum Blake Simon

Blake Simon, a Prairie View A&M University graduate, took many battle wounds to become the multi-talented warrior he is today that develops, motivates, educates and impacts your students.

Simon, also known as BlakeMotivates, is an author, entrepreneur, speaker, and philanthropist who aims to positively change the lives of youth and young adults by sharing his “started from the bottom, now I’m here” story with millions.

Well, things got off to a rocky start for Simon, he was once a young man who spent his youth overcoming obstacles including abandonment, losing his mother and a troubled adolescent.

In spite of the temporary setbacks, the native of Southwestern Louisiana never let the challenges in his life keep him bounded. He used them as motivation and knocked down every wall that stood in his way!

With Simon’s education being a very important component in his life, he wanted to make sure that he was able to give back once he graduated from college.

Giving back in a mighty way, Simon produced two publications entitled “The Transition Guide & Journal”, a simple tool for students to help maximize the college experience and “The Transition”, a simple guide to help visionaries transition to the next level.

In addition to the publications, he began a career in higher education as a Financial Aid Counselor working with college students and their families.  He enjoyed it, but his heart and passion wanted to help people and he wanted to do a bit more of that, so he hopped on the long tedious journey to becoming an entrepreneur.

After quitting his job he worked at for four years, he became the CEO of Blake Simon & Associates (BSA), a speaking & consulting business and the Rise Above Project (RAP), a non-profit corporation for at-risk youth.

BSA does motivational, public and also keynote speaking. It covers a range of areas including college readiness, entrepreneurship, leadership, life skills and more. BSA is able to create a custom presentation tailored to fit your audience or event theme.

With this platform, Simon has been able to motivate and empower people from all walks of life. His continued progression in life is a testament to his faith and perseverance. None of this would be possible without God and his family.

“Words can’t describe how magnificent Blake’s presentation was to our students at Prairie View A&M University,” said Student Service Manager at Prairie View A&M University. The positive feedback was overwhelming, and the connection Blake had with the students was tremendous. The Transition book will be legendary!”

Simon says every student has the potential to be successful and further their education, but this potential has to be developed. Connect with Simon at his next speaking engagement July 2 at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine at the University of Houston.

More about the author:

In December of 2016, Simon received a Master’s of Arts degree in counseling from Prairie View A&M University. He impacts youth and the community as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. As a board member of the Hardly Home Initiative, he also encourages education through travel.

CONNECT WITH BLAKE SIMON:

Social Media: @BlakeMotivates

Website: http://www.blakemotivates.com

Booking: info@blakemotivates.com

Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.com/Transition-Guide-Journal-Students-Experience/dp/1535337257

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