He dropped out of school and ended up in juvenile detention centers more than six times.
It would have been easy for Mora to continue down his criminal path. Instead, he discovered an outlet for his anger through writing and music, was paired with a caring mentor, finished high school and recently graduated from the University of California Berkeley.
Sometimes the best feedback come from those who have put time and energy organizing a youth conference or community event. Here are some words from an organizer regarding a motivational keynote presentation by Daniel Mora.
LOS ANGELES: After being in and out of juvenile detention facilities, Daniel Mora decided to change course and today spends his time persuading members of street gangs to go back to school as he is getting ready to study for a master’s degree at Harvard, EFE reported.
School kids pledge not to use their hands or words for hurting themselves or others, as they take the purple hands pledge.
Motivational speaker Daniel Mora, a former gang member who turned his life around with the help of a mentor, tells his story to about 200 students at San Joaquin Delta College.
Audio interview with Dick Gordon with Public Radio, 2008
Danny “Big Dan” Mora once roamed the streets of East Oakland, Calif., as a gang member. Danny Mora now is a senior at the University of California at Berkeley with plans to attend Harvard next year. Danny believes it is important to not leave the community. In fact, he mentors young people, encouraging them to stay out of gangs.Also in this episode, Carl Cooksey’s story from Detroit.