Chris Thompson works to inspire young students through public speaking and youth mentorship, guided by one mission:
To ensure that youth have the right tools and opportunities to strive for success.
Chris has over 10 years of experience working in the social sector, with a background in Non-Profit development since the age of 18. As a graduate from the University of Toronto, he focused his efforts towards leading workshops and events, attracting anywhere from small youth groups to over 5,000 attendees.
Growing up, Chris’ parents ensured he understood what it meant to work hard, help others, as well as how to strive as a young, black man while overcoming adversity. After Chris witnessed several close friends fall into guns, gangs, and prison, he was determined to make a difference.
Chris’ journey to making an impact taught him that the biggest aspect overlooked by young people is the transition between the classroom and finding one’s passion and interests. Chris believes that Skills For Life can help students transition into the real-world.
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