In America's inner-cities, many youth are labeled "at-risk," falling to a system of statistics and stereotypes. Instead of labels, younger generations need guidance, advice and motivation; examples that they're not products of their environments, and Adam Harris is that and more for Metropolitan Detroit.
Born and raised in metro Detroit, Harris is a graduate from University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration Management and a minor in African & African American Studies. As a student, Harris received numerous honors and awards such as:
- United Way for Southeastern Michigan's Young Adult Award of Excellence
- University of Michigan-Dearborn's Distinguished Student Leader Award
- Michigan Governor's Service Awards: Youth Volunteer of the Year Award Finalist
Inspired to continue to better the environment around him, Harris attended the University of Detroit Mercy for his master's degree in Counseling where he graduated. Committing himself as a servant leader for more than a decade, Harris is on a continuous mission to, "encourage and inspire, with a focus on empowering and mentoring young people," he says. Serving in a plethora of roles from coach, mentor, and educator, to conflict-resolution specialist, workshop facilitator, and counseling advisor.
Harris has been highlighted in his adult years for his tireless work not only in Southeastern Michigan, but across the globe. He has served in Canada, El Salvador and Brazil in capacities from being a speaker, assisting in building a nurses' clinic and conducting independent research. Most recently, Harris was honored by the Detroit City Council with the Spirit of Detroit Award for his work with youth and families in and around the city. His journey of service has featured him on NBC's WDIV Local 4, Comcast Newsmakers as well as a host of other national and local media outlets.
He is a self-published author of three books. His latest book, One Michigan Moment in Time, brings insight into his undergraduate journey as someone who "wasn't supposed to make it." The book is set to be released in mid 2021. Similar to his book, Harris often tells his story and others – serving as a frequent motivational and guest speaker to groups of all ages throughout metropolitan Detroit.
Attributing all his success to his faith in God, Harris anticipates his next opportunity to inspire a young person in his community.
In 2016, Adam Harris was honored to be recognized as a Changemaker from around the world by the Points of Light organization. See video below.