Derek Rhodes
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Helping young people go from where they are to where they want to be!

We invite Derek to our school every year for our MLK Day Assembly...His message is so unique, fun, and always a hit with our students!
— Kemi Nonez, Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

What Others Are Saying…


Author Profile of Jimmy for the City Author
National Network of Schools in Partnership

“It's more important than ever that we remind children…public service is not always what you see on television. There are plenty of ways to go about serving your community.”

Former Durham Academy and Duke Student Pens Children’s Book
Durham Magazine

“There are a number of kid-to-president stories, but not many that center around local government like city council. And that’s what inspires Derek.”

Rhodes returns for MLK Jr. Assembly and Book Signing
Durham Academy

“Rhodes shared his inspiration for Jimmy for the City with Middle School students and hosted a book signing event open to the larger Durham community. Rhodes read excerpts of Jimmy for the City and chatted with a crowd of budding civic leaders “

Bring Derek to your next event!

Derek helps young adults and professionals across the country identify ways to make the world a better place on their own terms. Determined to use his experiences as a platform to lift up others, Derek regularly speaks at corporate events, school assemblies, and national conferences.