Reggie Dabbs, the renowned American preacher and motivational speaker, will be speaking to the students and families of Centenary State High School as part of the iDECIDE Schools Tour. Organised by the Centenary SHS Parents and Citizens Association (P&C), this out-of-school hours presentation will be held on Tuesday, 30 May 2023.
“The Centenary SHS Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) has supported an approach for an out-of-school hours presentation by Reggie Dabbs, performer and youth motivational speaker. This session will be held after school hours for students and families who wish to attend – 3:30pm on Tuesday 30th May, 2023,” Centenary State High School’s social media post reads.
During his visit to Brisbane, Reggie Dabbs will spend five days, from May 29 to June 2, as part of the iDECIDE Schools Tour.
With a career spanning over two decades, Reggie has consistently inspired students in Australian schools with his unparalleled blend of humour, music, and an awe-inspiring personal journey of resilience. The impact of his presentations is evident as numerous students, year after year, depart from the iDECIDE Tour with a resolute determination to shift their focus from the past and instead embrace the possibilities of transforming their future.
Reggie Dabbs considers himself lucky to be alive, having been born to an unwed teenager. Left with no place to call home, the pregnant teenager found herself taking shelter in a humble chicken coop in Tennessee. When she found out that she was pregnant with her fourth child, she called her 10th grade English teacher, Mrs. Dabbs, to seek help.
Mrs. Dabbs and her husband, whose children were grown, welcomed the girl into their home, providing care throughout her pregnancy. They then became foster parents to the young Reggie until the fourth grade, when they decided to officially adopt him.
Starting from his early days playing the saxophone, a skill he initially disliked but grew to love, Reggie has come a long way. Reggie embarked on his public speaking career after college. During a speaking engagement, he was invited to address a high school assembly, marking the beginning of his journey in 1987.
Reggie Dabbs’ message resonates with students as he addresses important topics with a humorous and relatable style. He emphasises his personal choices of abstaining from smoking, drugs, and alcohol, encouraging students to make similar decisions. Overcoming his own challenges, Reggie has become an in-demand speaker, empowering teenagers to confront and conquer their problems with resilience.
Residing in Ft. Myers, Florida, with his wife Michele and son Dominic, Reggie’s influential speeches empower teenagers globally, inspiring them to face and conquer their challenges with resilience.