Howard Lee III aka The Motivational Poet is a Master Spoken Word Artist, Published Author, Youth Empowerment Champion, Community Relationship Pioneer, and an Exuberant Orator who has improved the living conditions of hundreds of families and youth with mentorship in parenting, connecting community resources and promoting healthy relationships. He launched a dynamic Youth Empowerment platform that instructs poetry and business modeling concepts to promote entrepreneurship. StoryBook Xtreme at www.storybookxtreme.com consists of Poetry. Publishing and Radio. Howard has written 5 Op-Ed articles for the Telegraph Herald newspaper surrounding the topic: Community Relationships, Youth Empowerment and Community Activism.
Howard has impacted hundreds of youth and their families during 5 plus years within the community. Howard has taught the nationally recognized and respected by community-based organizations, schools and faith-based organizations curriculum known as Dare to Be King. He also has taught The Phoenix Curriculum, an evidence-based and recognized by National Gang Center/OJJDP/Bureau of Justice Assistance gang intervention curriculum for middle school, high school and alternative school students. Howard has training in the Nationally Recognized Aggression Replacement Training (ART), a research-based, proven-effective approach for working with challenging youth. A curriculum of over 30 years of use in schools, community agencies, juvenile institutions, and other settings. He is training within the Nationally Recognized, evidenced-based Trauma Informed Care.
He has 5 years of training with mental illness and behavioral disorders: ADHD, OCD, Bipolar, Depression & Anxiety disorders and intellectual disorders. He understands Team Building, Group Lectures, Youth Development and Family Resources, Community Action, Rehabilitation methods of youth within the criminal justice system, systemic racism and biases and Family Team meetings.
In addition, Howard impacts his community by having served on the Human Rights Commission. He served on the Safe Neighborhood committee as part of a city-wide equity initiative called Inclusive Dubuque which connects local government, city officials, businesses, non-profits, education, community members and faith-based organizations. Howard serves as the local Dubuque Branch NAACP Communication, Press & Publicity Chairperson. He performed Spoken Word at Dubuque’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Breakfast and hosted The Power of the Word Poetry event for his community.