Curtis Carmichael lost ten people in his life by the time he turned 11 and was surrounded by uncertainty and violence in the streets. Now, he’s dedicated his life to advocating for Black and racialized youth in low-income communities in Toronto and across Canada.
A revolutionary, futurist, author, teacher and activist from the streets of Scarborough, Ontario, Carmichael shares how his parents’ love helped him make a drastic change in his life and his community.
Following an African mindset from Ubuntu, sometimes paraphrased as, “I am, because we are,” Carmichael shares his view that success is making life better for others. His memoir Butterflies in the Trenches is what he calls a blueprint to prepare kids for the future and break the cycle of poverty.
In this episode of Chatter That Matters, Carmichael chats with Chapman about his influences, his motivations, and entrepreneurship within communities.
He shares his views on ways to combat the ‘school to prison pipeline’ he sees for Black, Indigenous and low-income youth.
Tony Chapman created the Chatter That Matters podcast to counter the storm of negativity and impossibility with true stories of ordinary people who do extraordinary things. He chats with Olympians, Advocates, Celebrities, Leaders, and people who battled what seemed like insurmountable odds.
In doing, listeners hear life lessons that inspire all of us to do more and to be more, to help us get to where we need, want and deserve to go. RBC is the presenting sponsor
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