"Make Your Time Count" (Keynote)

Make Your Time Count (GED to Ph.D.) is a stimulating account of Craig J. Boykin’s inspiring journey from a very challenging upbringing to motivating millions across America. 

"Make Education Count" (Keynote)

It is imperative that teachers make education count for ALL students. Across America, Craig conveys to educators that we must (1) educate ourselves about “cultural poverty.” (2) Help students and colleagues unlearn misperceptions about poverty. (3) Continue reaching out to low-income families even when they appear unresponsive (and without assuming, if they are unresponsive, that we know why). (4) Respond when colleagues stereotype poor students or parents. (5) Fight to keep low-income students from being assigned unjustly to special education or low academic tracks. (6) Make curriculum relevant to poor students, drawing on and validating their experiences and intelligences. Most important, we must consider how our own class biases affect our interactions with and expectations of our students.           

Overcoming Cultural Poverty, Disengaged Parents, and Apathetic Students.

Professional Development 

Poverty is all too common in America’s schools. What's rare, is an opportunity for educators to sit an absorb first-hand from a former at-risk student who dropped out of high school, endured a mother abusing drugs, absent father and learning disability. Ultimately, repeating two grades. In this engaging session participants will unlearn perceived fallacies about students from poverty as well as discover my 4 R’s of education. Educators must be REAL with students and parents from poverty. Educators must understand that RESPECT is everything to today’s youth (which is why when made to feel disrespected they go from calm to irate really quickly). Educators should make classroom material RELEVANT to the lives of the youth and Educators must form and nurture meaningful RELATIONSHIPS with each student. Craig’s trademark slogan is “GED to PHD”, which is a concrete paradigm that educators should never give up on any student.

Services II


Youth Presentation 

This is a motivational session for youth who may need a little extra motivation. This workshop is intended to inspire youth to #RISEABOVE their current situations and circumstances and achieve desired greatness.

Teamwork Makes Your Dreams Work

Graduation Speech 

What is your mindset about success?, What are your goals in life?, Your words have power, Your attitude will determine your altitude, Surround yourself with those on the same mission as you, Education is the solution, it doesn’t matter what your problems are.  Are you able to adapt to life, Your good character is the most important asset you have!

Make College Count


Learn strategies and the best practices of how to become a successful college student from the perspective of a former high school dropout.