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The empowerment performance, “DON’T QUIT.” is an initiative to motivate students through a real life narrative calling students to action while providing them the tools needed to affect change within themselves and in their community. During the empowerment speech Raul shares his “slums-to-success” life story interpreted through various creative forms.

The goal of the empowerment speech performance is to:

  • Educate
  • Engage
  • Empower

Raul Magdaleno is an internationally known, community servant leader and professional empowerment speaker with an inspiring story that stresses the importance of never giving up on the pursuit of an education despite the challenges involved. Today, Raul is giving back to the community by dedicating his life to evangelizing the pursuit of higher education. His message challenges students and encourages them to be resilient in their journey to and through higher education. Through the use of powerful real life narratives, Raul’s message inspires and motivates his audience to action. Raul also speaks to organizations about the importance of diversity and community engagement.


The Why:

  • “The size of the Latino student population, whose graduation rate currently lags 21 percentage points behind that of non-Hispanic whites, has grown by 50 percent in the past decade alone,” according to the Education Week.
  • Today, 1 in 15 African-American children and 1 in 42 Latino children have a parent in prison, compared to 1 in 111 White children (“Drug Courts Are Not the Answer: Toward a Health-Centered Approach to Drug Use” Drug Policy Alliance (New York, NY: March 2011), p. 9)


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