Jakeel R. Harris is a speaker, workshop presenter, writer and spoken word poet that tackles topics of social justice, leadership, and self-awareness. He promotes equity and equality amongst all community members while focusing his efforts on helping people from diverse and marginalized populations. He encourages everyone to fight against discrimination, racism, and oppression through education, awareness, and civic engagement. He believes that it is essential for people, especially the upcoming generation of leaders, to find their voice, speak their truth and act with purpose.
Although born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Harris was raised in Oceanside, California where he began his post-secondary education at MiraCosta Community College. It was here where he was involved in cultural clubs and organizations such as Black Student Union, UMOJA and Performance Writer’s Club. Jakeel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Humboldt State University. Through his experiences in community college and at Humboldt State University, he discovered his passion for assisting students and ability to work in different functional areas in higher education. This led him to seek his Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Student Development in Higher Education at California State University, Long Beach, where he currently studies.
SPOKEN WORD POET
Jakeel performs and writes spoken word poetry under the pseudonym SPEAKS, covering topics of race and identity, while using his life experiences as a platform to discuss important issues that plague our society. SPEAKS is an acronym for Spreads Positivity Encourage Awareness Know Something, which is not only his stage name but also the movement he has founded. He has performed his poetry at various venues such as California State University, Long Beach, California State University, San Marcos, California State University, Bakersfield and MiraCosta Community College. Jakeel is also available by request.
Self-growth begins with open-mindedness and belief in one’s abilities. Growth is the life-long process that isn’t an individual journey, but one that starts with self-realization. A willingness to learn and having genuine empathy are essential steps in determining how to treat people fairly and justly. Strong relationships are kept stable with honesty and building trust. Sustainable development is the pathway to social justice, economic growth, and self-perseverance.
Creating positive change in communities through education and service.
Project SPEAKS, Inc. (Spreads Positivity Encourage Awareness Know Something), is a (501c3) California based non-profit organization, movement and volunteer group established by founder and CEO Jakeel Harris.
Goal: To become an organization that provides academic assistance and resources both inside and outside the classroom, while promoting community education, social awareness, and a positive environment. Through interactive workshops, academic support and community engagement, we can create change in our communities.
STAY IN TOUCH
The "BREATHE" Campaign
Be Ready Every Amazing Thing Happens Eventually. In other words, BREATHE.
SPEAKS encourages you to go make a difference in the world or simply just lend a helping hand in your community. By making a difference in our communities, we can make amazing things happen.
The campaign: Take a picture or video of you doing something amazing for yourself or for someone else! Self-care and Support of others are AMAZING things to do. Tag and share @wearespeaks on Instagram and be entered and a random drawing for FREE SPEAKS merchandise.