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Compassionate, motivated and determined are just three words that describe David C. Miller, a tireless warrior who labors diligently to improve the quality of life for children in the United States and abroad. As Co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer for the Urban Leadership Institute, L.L.C., Miller has built a national reputation as a leader among people who focus on improving the lives of children, youth and families. David is adept at building sustainable relationships with non-profit agencies at the local, state and federal levels and has a knack for securing grants to implement the many innovative programs he devises. David has 20 years of hands-on, practical experience working in various communities throughout the United States and abroad. He is a well-respected, highly sought-after lecturer who combines his gritty experience and intellect to bring about change.
A former Baltimore educator, David blends his longtime dedication to academic excellence with his gritty teaching approach. He uses positive, engaging interaction with youth while teaching critical life skills including decision making, moral reasoning and impulse control. The beauty of David is he doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk. A product of Baltimore’s mean and unforgiving streets, David relates to urban street culture in ways many can’t. The result is youth and adults easily gravitate to David because they appreciate and respect his uncanny ability to view the world from the same lens they use. He is indeed a much-needed change agent for children, youth and families, especially those living in inner cities.
David has written or co-authored several publications including “Raising Him Alone: Things Black Women Can Do to Raise Boys to Be Men”; “Mama Used to Say”; “Dare to Be King: What If the Prince Lives? A Survival Workbook for African-American Males”; “Lessons I Learned from My Father: A Collection of Quotes from Men of African Descent”; “Daddy’s Girl”; and “Where’s Mommy & Daddy,” a curriculum for social workers, educators and professionals who work with children of incarcerated parents. David is also the author of numerous articles and commentaries, including “Why Dante Can’t Read: An Appeal to Black Parents,” which was featured in “Turn the Page and You Don’t Stop: Sharing Successful Chapters in Our Lives with Youth,” edited by Patrick M. Oliver.
David’s work with parents and parent groups has been widely recognized as innovative and timely. In 2009, he launched the Raising Him Alone Campaign (www.raisinghimalone.com), an advocacy campaign focused on supporting single mothers and grandmothers who are raising boys. The Campaign disseminates best practices and recommendations for mothers in four key areas: Health and Wellness (mental health); Financial Literacy; Educational Support; and Reconnecting Fathers. The Campaign effectively uses social media and grassroots community organizing to support mothers who are raising sons. Additionally, David launched Changing Father (www.changingfatherhood.com) in 2010, a movement designed to redefine the images of fathers of color. Changing Fatherhood seeks to arm fathers with a virtual application that provides ongoing information and tips on responsible fatherhood.
Not one to rest on his laurels, David is presently working on “Khalil’s Way,” a series of children’s books for boys of color. The first work in the series is slated for release in June.
David received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Baltimore and a master’s degree in education from Goucher College.