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Each year the Decatur City Schools Foundation hosts the Dream Big luncheon to inspire community collaboration, ignite involvement and increase innovation within Decatur City Schools.


johanWe were very happy to have Johan Khalilian as our 2019 Dream Big special guest speaker! Johan is a product of Humboldt Park, Chicago, an area known for its gang violence and crime, and he was able to move past the obstacles and traps that ensnared so many of his peers and live a life that is far from ordinary. His dreams, choices and determination transformed him into a national speaker who uses his life story to help people of all ages believe in the power of their dreams and the impact their life can make in the world around them. You may have seen him on numerous TV show like Today Show, Fox News in the Morning, or The Tyra Banks Show.

Johan refused to believe the messages of his environment. Instead, he was crazy enough to believe his life could make a difference. He was crazy enough to make choices that no one else was making; he decided to live a life worth living as a teen and young adult.

Now he is spending his life encouraging kids to be crazy enough to think that their lives can make a difference. While others use their voice to be “realistic”, Johan motivates kids to move past reality and begin to dream and create even the craziest of possibilities for their lives and the world around them.

He has many great quotes but one that stands out is: "The quality of our life is based on decisions not conditions." You will want to check out his website, www.johanspeaks.com for more about him as a speaker, coach, and author.