Quay Hanna has been working with young people in a wide variety of ways over the past two decades. Check out your options below to see what is the best fit for your school or event.
Grade School Assemblies
Quay Hanna is unlike any other speaker you have had over the years. Despite his simple appearance, Quay brings a profound message of respect and kindness to the student population. Through the personal change he has made concerning his previously racist views, he encourages students to examine their own views and to challenge their own prejudices. Quay tells the story of his childhood and the subtle ways he developed his racist perspective, before ultimately embarking on his 9-week, 37-state trip around America by bus that changed everything.
Quay Hanna has experienced a lot when it comes to both sides of the bullying issue. Quay uses these experiences to offer perspective for both students getting bullied and those who do the bullying. His programs have been proven effective in offering coping techniques to the harassed, but also in causing the bullies to think about the consequences of their actions. His funny, yet challenging, presentation will leave your students thinking about the words they say and the things they do.
Quay takes his message of respect and kindness to students in kindergarten-5th grade in this fun, interactive, assembly about finding out what people are like on the inside instead of focusing on what they see on the outside. Your students will learn to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes" while having a good time in the process.
Colleges and Universities
What do you think of when you hear the word “redneck?” Monster trucks? Trailer parks? Confederate flags? Quay Hanna may spark you to reexamine your thought process in this engaging, provocative, and frank presentation on culture, labels, racism, and a Biblical approach to human relations.
Hanna’s lecture stems from his book, Bus America: Revelation of a Redneck, a chronicle of his 1993 post-college expedition around the United States by Greyhound bus. The 9 week journey carried him over 12,000 miles and through 37 states, during which the small-town country boy confronted his label of “redneck,” and more specifically his racist views. Hanna went on to become a public speaker and youth mentor, working with schools around the country struggling with race relations. Since that trip, Hanna has been to all 50 states, 27 countries, and 5 continents and has done more than 1,200 presentations over the last two decades. Come and hear about his experiences and reflect on his suggestions for the way Christians can approach the issue of race.
Small Group Mentoring
One of the most unique features of a visit by Quay Hanna to your school or university is the accessibility your students have to interaction. Unlike the model in which the speaker does his thing for 45-minutes and leaves the building, Quay makes himself available to spend all-day at the school interacting in classrooms, at lunches, or with specific groups of students. This allows students time to engage in the content of the presentation and to offer their own ideas and perspectives. It truly makes his visit an all-school experience.
Additionally, many schools request follow-up visits for continued conversations on the issues that matter. Quay sees his role as more than an entertainer. It's about starting a dialogue rooted in respect and following through on helping young people process the information.