Derek Clark is in the house! Second Chance is thrilled to welcome Derek Clark, "The Rapping Dad", to its May 20 fundraiser, “Orange is the New Black Season 2: Teens Behind Bars,” at Qualcomm Hall.
Clark, whose mother and stepfather (his biological father was in prison) turned him over to the California foster care system at the age of five, knows all too well about rejection, humiliation, emotional distress and anxiety – he lived it for the next 13 years of his teenage life. Through it all, Clark never gave up and went from victim to victor by defying the expectations imposed on him. Clark inspires youth and adults to never give up and to not let the past limit their futures. He shares his message of courage, hope and perseverance to help others find the strength to never give up.
Acclaimed author and filmmaker Mitchell S. Jackson is also taking the stage as our keynote speaker. Jackson grew up during the 90’s in a neglected neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. During his childhood, those streets had fallen under the shadow of crack cocaine. At 15 he started selling drugs and at 19, found himself in prison. During his 18 months in prison he found an interest in literature and began experimenting with autobiographical writing.
Upon his release, Jackson earned his Bachelor's degree and received a Master of Arts in Writing from Portland State University, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University, where he now teaches. His debut novel, The Residue Years, has already been made into a documentary feature.
You have an opportunity to meet these two extraordinary and inspiring individuals at our VIP reception at 6:30 PM. Tickets for the VIP reception with preferred seating are $150, or $100 with a valid student ID.
General Admission tickets are $75 and include the main event, an international food court, and cash bar. General Admission tickets are $30 with a valid student ID.
Local “photographer for social change” Michele Zousmer will have artwork on display and will be available to answer questions. Proceeds from the sale of her photographs will benefit Second Chance.
See you soon!
Questions? Contact Dawn Redo, Special Events Coordinator, 619-839-0964.