WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT KEVIN
“The first time I met Kevin Clapp and heard him speak, I knew he was the real deal. He preached the truth of God's word with clarity and boldness, shared his powerful testimony, and gave the students an opportunity to respond to the gospel. I have been blessed to be able to call Kevin my friend and bring him back to speak to my students every year since 2010. I highly recommend him to speak to any group - the message of the cross will be proclaimed!” Rev. J. Robert Murphey, Minister of Youth - Oak View Baptist Church
May 31, 2017
To Whom it May Concern,
I recently had the opportunity to hear Kevin Clapp present an inspirational talk to our students at Davidson County High School. I call it inspirational because I heard the whole presentation. The truth is, Mr. Clapp’s talk was real, honest, and the kind of talk that every teenager needs to hear. Teenagers would not recognize the talk as inspirational. Only adults would recognize the inspiration behind his words.
When Mr. Clapp began speaking, I wondered how our students would react. I am the literacy specialist at Davidson County High School, an alternative school in Davidson County, North Carolina. Our students are recommended to our program from all the high schools in our county and must go through an application process and an interview to attend. Some of our students choose our school in an effort to graduate early, but the majority of our students have experienced obstacles that have prevented them from being successful in a traditional school setting. These obstacles include family hardships, excessive absences, emotional and mental trauma, and teen pregnancy. In other words, our school is comprised of regular kids with big “issues” in their lives.
The difficult issues that many of our students have faced make them build walls of protection that are hard to break down. Sometimes it takes months and years to really get past their exteriors of stone. So, again, I wasn’t sure how our students would react to this big, loud, tough-talking middle-aged man.
I was facing our students as Mr. Clapp spoke. At first, I saw the same faces that I might see in an English class, faces that didn’t expect to hear anything with which they could identify. But it didn’t take long for the expressions on those faces to change as Mr. Clapp spoke about his experiences and emotions as a teenager and as a young adult in trouble, making the wrong choices, and choosing the wrong friends.
I think I was most surprised at the array of students whose attention he held with every word he spoke. From different cultures, different walks of life, different economic backgrounds, the students hung on his every word. As the old saying goes, “You could have heard a pin drop” in that large conference room. At the end of his presentation, he offered to meet with students individually and nearly a quarter of the students in attendance stayed to speak with him after his presentation.
In days when character development is needed more than ever, Mr. Clapp shared a dynamic lesson in how a life in shambles can transform into a life worth sharing,a life that can make a difference to others. I recommend him highly to speak to students everywhere.
Literacy Specialist from a local school where Kevin spoke.