National Leadership Facilitator Derick Spaulding recently delivered the keynote address for the Santa Clara County Middle School Youth Conference. Derick told the room full of middle schoolers, “There’s a voice inside that’s meant to protect you. Listen to that voice. You are responsible for your own choices. You have had experiences that led you to this moment. Think about your leadership, what motivates you, your friends, kindness. … If you are going to turn dreams into reality and navigate all of these elements, you need to figure out your voice.”

Watch the full speech here.