Abandoned in a NYC apartment by a teenage mother on drugs, Shane Salter was thrust into parenting his infant brother at the age of four. Attempting to overcome the cycle of neglect, becoming a single teen parent exacerbated by growing up in foster care, compelled Salter to dedicate his life to family advocacy, youth justice, community engagement and school support. Today, he continues to build on his experience as an educator, national advocate, consultant, lecturer and public servant, to foster hope for children and families wherever possible. Read More >
Former Foster Child, National Child Advocate and Author of Fostering Hope
Inspiring greatness from kids that come to school from great neighborhoods and families is much easier than inspiring kids that come from fragile ones…never the less a great teacher recognizes that kids like crayons, no matter how broken, have various shades of greatness in them. Mr. Salter will share his journey as a broken kid who learned how to color the world differently in school, in his family, and ultimately as a teacher. His message helps us realize that in our own greatness, we use the crayons given to inspire great colors from students.
"He was exactly what we needed. He was on time, in a great mood, gave a message that was powerful, and stayed to shake hands with our teachers. He made many people cry (positive) and several stop me to say he was the motivation they needed to start the year."
"Shane was terrific. Everyone in the room was moved by his story—some to tears, including our professional auctioneer! Also, he was really great with our foster care clients and staff who attended the speaker reception in his honor. He spent a lot of time talking with them and I think he really made an impact."