Motivational Speaker, Philanthropist, Community Activist
Jeff May is a national motivational speaker and consultant who has consistently sought to leave a significant impact on the lives of people he has encountered.
Jeff acknowledges that the change he wanted to see in the world and in others started with a change within himself.
This is the message of hope and inspiration that he carries with him: “If you want different, do different. You’re the change.”
Born and raised in the city of Detroit, Michigan, Jeff has had the privilege to present a wide range of workshops, seminars and key-note addresses to audiences throughout our country. He has been highly requested by countless school districts, educational institutions, churches and various organizations.
Mr. May has crafted programs and workshops that have impacted and changed the lives of many and he is still continuing his mission and efforts to uplift and empower. His passion and genuine approach allows his message of hope and encouragement to permeate even the toughest of emotional and social exteriors.
He brings a fresh, exciting and inspiring twist on some of the most commonly talked about discussions and issues.
He's worked within the Roanoke City Public School System in the role of Student Mentor and Coach as well as Director for the Westside 21st Century Community Learning.
Jeff served as the advisor of the Westside Boys To Men Program which provided male development training for at risk young men ages 5 to 11 years old.
Mr. May also established and advised one of the only Elementary School Debate & Competitive Step Teams in Virginia.
In April of 2013 his Westside Debaters were named the recipients of the 2013 National MAGNA Award. The award recognizes school districts around the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools.
Jeff has received awards and honors from the NAACP, SCLC, Roanoke Urban Professionals League and Total Action for Progress (TAP).
He recently served as the Director of The Young Adult Life Enhancement Program for TAP (Total Action for Progress) in conjunction with The U.S. Department of Labor. The program provides court involved youth ages 14 to 24 with mentoring, life skills training, reintegration services, trade skill certifications as well as a second chance as they triumphantly become “cycle breakers”.
Jeff currently serves as Youth Development Director for The Cumberland County School District in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The district serves over 50,000 students.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for Rebrand NC Ed, an organization that specializes in shifting the conversation and shattering the status quo for school leaders.
For years listeners could also hear Jeff on VIBE 100.1 & 97.7 FM in the cities of Lynchburg, Roanoke and across the entire New River Valley of Virginia.
He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first inter-collegiate fraternity for African-American males.
His aim is to save, redirect and inspire one youth at a time.