MEET THE SPEAKER
Phillip Lyles’ tenure at the “I Have a Dream” Foundation-Dallas spans three decades, where he currently serves as Director of Programs. Ten of those years also working in various capacities for other youth serving agencies. His “I Have a Dream” profession, however, unlike any of his other career experiences, has become what he deems a life mission. More specifically, his service to youth is a CALLING, because he helps children with their lives not just their HOMEWORK. While implementing curriculum involving academics, social skills, life lessons, organized group activities, critical thinking, humanity, neighborhood-community building, manners/etiquette, leadership, college/career readiness, and strategy/goals, he stresses that being your best self and a well-rounded individual is the recipe for true success. He always says that grades/marks are vital, but equally as important is one’s CHARACTER. If left undeveloped then grades only become alphabets and numbers. He considers himself an agent of change for underserved youth. The voice that speaks for children when they're not heard; the father figure who cares about their well-being; even more so, while attempting to offset major challenges and limited resources. Lastly, He sees his own worth and purpose through the eyes of their successes as well as their failures, and is committed to transform those failures into building blocks to further enhance their GREATNESS.