Roy Juarez, Jr.
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Roy Juarez, Jr.

San Antonio, Texas, United States

San Antonio, Texas, United States
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"Various Testimonials"

Various Testimonials:

“We should promote cloning if not for the sole purpose of creating another Roy Juarez Jr. Not only does the world need more people with his depth of character, but his healing and inspirational message also needs to be heard by millions of people around the world.”

Kent Healy
Author of Cool Stuff They Should Teach in School
and The Success Principles for Teens

“Your speech really touched my heart! You made me realize that I can actually get somewhere in life even if I have gone through a lot. I just have to put my mind to it. You are an amazing speaker!”

Jessica Montano
Christopher Columbus High School Student
Bronx, NY

“Your presentation was phenomenal. I learned how to value myself for who I am! Even when people try to put me down and say I will never make it! I know nothing will stop me! Your workshop taught me to be a better leader and truly believe in myself! Thank you!”

Gennesis Lisette Guzman
Bellevue University Student
Bellevue, NE

“Six years as a leader in the United States Army and I have never seen a speaker have such an impact on an audience. You are like a life planner, motivator, and role model all in one. I know the participants who heard your speech will never forget the lessons you taught them, including myself. Thank You!”

CPT Richard Gomez
United States Army
New York City, NY

“Your past is really hard to hear, but your method and delivery causes a person to take notice because you are direct and authoritative. You give the tools that are needed to make a difference. You touched the “Roy” in all of us!”

Forrest McMillan
Hardin Simmons University
Dean of Students
Abilene, TX

“After teaching in the projects for 15 years and presenting around the country representing Walt Disney and Chicken Soup for the Soul, I can firmly say I have never met a more genuine and powerful educational speaker. I guaranty that his message will not be forgotten!”

Billy Staples
2 time Disney’s teacher of the year nominee
Author of the bestselling book Before the Glory
- Universities and High Schools

"Latino Heritage Month Kickoff Celebration"

Roy was awesome his presentation was very moving and full of energy! The audience appreciated his warm and friendly personality and the students very much enjoyed his presentation. - Bloomsburg University


To Whom It May Concern:

You only have to talk with Roy Juarez Jr. for a minute or two to know that his greatest love is to help others succeed.

It is not often that one crosses paths with such an enthusiastic and passionate individual like Roy.
We met Roy Juarez Jr. in December 2006 at the Educational Achievement Services (EAS) summit in Las Vegas. We immediately found his sense of humor refreshing, and later as we got to know him better, we discovered many other insights into his character and abilities.

Roy is a role model for many young people through his work as a motivational speaker. His life experiences mesmerize them. It is through his interactions with young people, that Roy Juarez Jr. demonstrates his willingness, desire, and ability to help young people become successful in life.

Roy knows that when you expect nothing but excellence from all, you'll earn the respect and confidence from each person you mentor. He knows how to find that perfect balance between high expectations, caring and discipline. He takes a consistent, dedicated and concerted effort to show young people that they're autonomous individuals who have a role to play in life. Their different needs cause Roy to adapt his mentor style to inspire each person regardless of their charted capability. The result is that not one person he encounters feels like a non-entity.

Sometimes a young person creates a hard shield, a barrier that hides his/her desire to succeed. Roy is an attuned mentor who’s uncanny ability to listen carefully to the things young people won’t tell you and then wipe away the shadows cast by others' errant words defines unparalleled empathy.

Roy’s life experiences have taught him to appreciate the differences among people in terms of their background, values, and beliefs. It is with great pride that we can define Roy as a person that looks at individual differences as assets.

Roy’s modeling as a servant leader to others shows a path for life’s ultimate fulfillment. We are confident that Roy will continue to impact, enhance and transform countless young lives with his inspirational message and desire to make a difference in the lives of others. - Client Testimonial

"“Speech on Being Homeless Hits Home for Montgomery High School Students”"

Speaker, once homeless, urges high schoolers to graduate, dream big

Roy Juarez Jr. said his hope last week, as he spoke at eight schools in the county, was to make a connection with students.
In the Seneca Valley High School auditorium on Thursday, it was clear he had done just that.
More than 600 freshman, sophomore and ESOL students were, at times, suspended in silence. Other times they laughed, cheered or cried. Teenage boys dabbed their eyes and blinked away tears.
At one point, Crystal Stanton, 14, was crying so hard she couldn't breathe, she said.
Juarez, 30, is traveling the nation for two years, speaking to students and living with whoever invites him in, for his My Bag; My Home: Homeless by Choice Tour.
On Thursday, he also spoke at Clarksburg and Gaithersburg high schools and Roberto Clemente Middle School.
Juarez talks about being homeless at age 14 in San Antonio, Texas. His father was beating his mother, so she sought refuge in her boyfriend's house, where Juarez and his siblings could not stay.
"Never allow what you see, what you go through or what you've been through to take your future away," he told the Seneca Valley students. "That is yours, and nobody else's."
Crystal was taken away from her parents when she was 8 or 9 and placed with foster parents; sometimes she feels as if she alone had it bad in the past, she said.
"It was so uplifting to know that I was not the only person," she said.
Swati Pandey, 15, said she was reminded she can do anything she wants in life.
"No matter who puts me down, I can keep my mind set on my goals," she said.
Seneca Valley High School Principal Marc Cohen said Juarez had a greater impact on the teens than he or any teacher could have.
Homeless in school
This year, 629 students in Montgomery County Public Schools have been reported as homeless, according to the school system.
About that many students have been reported homeless each year since 2007, although the number spiked to 671 during last school year, said Suzanne Speicher, a specialist in the school system's Department of Residency and International Admissions.
The number may be underreported; families that move in with family or friends to share housing are not considered homeless, Speicher said.
More and more families at Seneca Valley High request help each year, Cohen said. Sometimes, it is something as simple as asking for money for a field trip or a prom ticket, but it can also be shelter, food or school supplies.
The number of Seneca Valley High students who at some point in their education have received free or reduced meals is up 11 percent from five years ago, from 48.8 percent to 59.4 percent.
Once a student is reported homeless, a team of staff members holds a meeting for the family to decide where the child should attend school, Speicher said. The student then is able to receive bus service from wherever he or she is staying.
The school system also provides tutoring for students at four homeless shelters in the county, Speicher said.
Education is crucial to success, Juarez said Thursday.
"You must defy [negative] life lessons with an education," he said, "because education changes everything."
The number of seniors who drop out at Seneca Valley High School has increased from 1.2 percent to 2.4 percent in the last five years.
The school has an International Baccalaureate program and specialized classes to encourage continuing education, Cohen said.
When Crystal was in middle school, she said, she thought she would drop out of school at 16, due to boredom.
Juarez reminded her of the importance of education.
"I'm going to strive to continue my education," she said.
Juarez said he has learned that many students nationwide are hurting.
"We have to be willing to open our hearts," he said. "We, as a community, need to do more." - Gazzette.Net, May 18, 2011, Jen Bondeson


Still working on that hot first release.



Roy Juarez Jr. was recently featured on CNN with his mentor in a segment leading up to Latino in America. His spell-binding story has also caught the attention of the well-established, New York Times best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In August of 2009, “Roy’s Story” was featured in their latest book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens.
As a young entrepreneur, Juarez has been able to develop a successful career, lecturing to thousands of youth, educators, and parents throughout the United States and abroad. Once a homeless teenager, Juarez fought the battle to leave the streets, only to return to them after becoming a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University.

Today Juarez is currently traveling on his MyBag, MyHome: Homeless by Choice Tour. What began as a five-month, 30-city tour starting in Los Angeles, California to the southern tip of Florida, has grown into a two-year mission of inspiring America. Juarez is speaking at any educational facilities, shelters, organization and/or company that are willing to open up their doors. He is “Couch Surfing” once again, this time by choice! His goal is to reach-out to over 100,000 individuals with his personal message of hope, perseverance, and the importance of education!

Born and raised on the south side of San Antonio, Texas, Juarez faced situations and obstacles that could have turned him into a negative statistic but he found a way to overcome those challenges. At the age of 14, Juarez was a high school drop-out and one of the hundreds of homeless youth on the streets of San Antonio. With no money or education and too young to get a job, Juarez was at the mercy of the streets. He carried with him only a duffle bag of personal items that he called home. He moved from house to house to survive. Despite all that was working against him, he knew there was more to life, which is why he never lost sight of his dreams.

Juarez is a role model for thousands of people through his work as an advocate of education in communities across the country. His life experience inspires them. It is through his interaction with people that Juarez demonstrates his willingness, desire, and ability to help people become successful in life.