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LaMarr Shields: Motivating young people to achieve

LaMarr ShieldsYoung gifted, and one of the most articulate speakers in the nation. LaMarr Shields motivate youth to achieve the highest levels of excellence possible.LaMarr Darnell Shields was born in Chicago, Illinois. He taught Spanish at the third oldest high school in the United States, Baltimore City College (in Baltimore Maryland).

Shields received dual degrees from Grambling State University in Spanish and Political Science. He continued on ro earn a Masters of Education from Loyola College in Maryland. He travels across the United States, Africa, and Latin America as a youth advocate, in defense of those who are unable to speak for themselves. His motto is, "Children are the seeds of the Earth, water them and they will grow."

Shields has received several honors and recognitions. He's listed in "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities." He's also listed in "Who's Who Among Teachers." Shields has received the Mayor's Citation for his commitment to youth of Baltimore.

In 1994, Shields became the founder and advisor of UMOJA (unity) Student Organization. UMOJA began as a result of a vision Shields had to make life better for African-American youth. This revelation first manifested itself in college when he founded United African American Men (UAAM), a program similar to UMOJA, but focused on the self-development of African-American males between the ages of 7-17 years old.

Under his leadership, UMOJA currently has members at five high schools and ten colleges and universities. He has created a mentoring program, Teaching Our Children Responsibility (TOCR), which teaches young people to become responsible leaders.

Shields has been described by the Baltimore Times as

"one of the most preeminent African American teachers, and a pioneer in the development of youth."

His accomplishments have led to his speaking at the White House on Urban Education and to numerous network television and radio appearances.

Shields and his students made history when they wrote and published a bilingual book in Spanish and English, entitled The First Day of School or El Primer Dia de La Escuela. Shields' most recent writings can be seen in Wise Words: Men Empowering Men, a book written by 30 men, who are all describing their spiritual journey.

Other works have been published in The Source, Upscale, and Essence Magazines. He is currently working a book project entitled "Grandma's Wisdom: Words That Built A Nation."

Shields has conducted workshops on diversity, community development, volunteer recruitment, multiculturalism, relationships and other topics. In addition to his work to educate, elevate, motivate, and stimulate young people, Shields is the host of "What About US!", a talk show that focuses on the accomplishments and achievements of teens.

Shields is also the founder and director of HOTEP, Inc. Helping Our Teens through Educational Programs, a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to the empowerment and well-being of all youth.

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