28 May 2017
Born to an unwed teenager, Reggie Dabbs considers himself fortunate to be alive. With no place to go, his pregnant teenage mother ended up living in a chicken coop in Tennessee. She was eventually taken in by a high school teacher. Officially adopted later in life by the same teacher, strong moral values were instilled and that in every situation he faced, he had a choice. What he did with those choices was entirely up to him.
After graduating from college, Reggie began his public speaking. During one speaking engagement, his host asked if he would be interested in addressing a high school assembly. From that small beginning in 1987, Reggie has become a popular public school speaker. When addressing a school assembly, Reggie talks to the kids in a humorous style about choices each of them has when faced with drugs, alcohol, suicide, etc. Reggie gets in kids faces and tells them that he never smoked a cigarette, never did drugs, never drank alcohol, because he chose not to. He assures them that they can make the same kinds of choices. Reggie talks to kids about family and how thankful they should be that they have families. Most of all, Reggie drives home the fact that “You can never change your past, but you can change your future!”
From being a “problem” to an unwed teenager, Reggie is fast becoming one of the most in-demand speakers who helps teenagers meet their problems head-on and overcome them. Reggie makes his home in Ft. Myers, Florida with his wife Michele and their son Dominic.