‘United For Change’ is theme for Riverside County Student Unity Conference


RIVERSIDE – The daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a celebrity teen coach, and a professional drummer will highlight the motivational lineup of speakers set for the Riverside County Student Unity Conference Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth Street, in Riverside.

“The Student Unity Conference is for students who are interested in unlocking the potential in themselves and bringing out the best in everybody around them,” Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Judy D. White said. “We are stronger when we focus on what unites us instead of what divides us, and this free conference is perfect for students who want to be the change in their world.”

Keynote speakers include: Dr. Bernice A. King, Jesse LeBeau and Clint Pulver.

“Be the Change” is the topic from Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolence, founder of Be a King and author of “Hard Questions, Heart Answers.”

Through her work at The King Center, King educates youth and adults about the nonviolent principles modeled by her parents. As part of the center’s Nonviolence 365 education and training initiative, she launched Students with King, which enables students to interact with King family members, as well as those who knew and/or worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King. King is an innovative, energetic and committed leader dedicated to taking her parents’ legacy and teachings, The King Center and the work of creating a more peaceful, just, human world with Nonviolence 365 into a new era.

“The Attitude Advantage” is from Jesse LeBeau, the celebrity teen coach.

In life, everyone faces hardships, challenges and road blocks at times, LeBeau said. A perpetual underdog himself, he offers a unique perspective on why suffering, when viewed through the correct lens, can become the biggest strength and greatest asset. LeBeau’s entertaining and interactive style creates an engaging experience helping students to understand how their unique personal story is their greatest untapped resource. Students will learn how to build stronger relationships, achieve goals and increase productivity, while building trust and having a deeper positive impact on others.

Clint Pulver, a motivational speaker, professional drummer, actor and pilot, will speak on “The Significant Student Leader: How to Live Life By Design.”

“It’s not about being the best in school. It’s about being the best for the school,” Pulver said.

Clint will explain that there is a difference between being a successful student leader and a significant student leader. He will provide actionable steps on how to achieve the best in others and become a significant student leader. He will share powerful stories that help students discover their passions, get specific on goals and learn how to identify their purpose in life. He will reveal that the secret is learning how to live a life by design, not by default, and that the choices made today will plant the seed for tomorrow’s opportunities.

In addition to the keynote speakers, multiple breakout sessions will be available for students to learn from subject matter experts in the areas of: kindness, character and relationships; leadership and storytelling; surviving homelessness; teamwork and the power of listening; building mental and emotional wellness and promoting positive change through civic engagement.

For more information on the Riverside County Student Unity Conference, visit www.rcoe.us/unity.

Submitted by Riverside County Office of Education.