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Saul Flores

Saul Flores

Saul Flores walked 5,328 miles through ten countries to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States can be and to raise money for an elementary school in Atencingo, Mexico. The story of his journey, accompanied by a series of photographs, capture the essence of the people, communities, and cultures he encountered along the way.

After this life-changing experience, Saul now wants to inspire students to make a positive impact on the world by speaking about the value of servant leadership, philanthropy, and service-learning.

Think Big

In this program, Saul shares his story of helping others in need to emphasize the value of servant leadership, and how to give back to different communities through service-learning initiatives and humanitarian projects.

On a service-learning spring break trip to his mother’s hometown, Saul discovered a withering cinderblock elementary school, flowered by beautiful fields of sugarcane. Struck by the charm and contrastingly severe poverty of the six-classroom building, Saul decided to act.

He found the students living in aluminum shanties and sleeping on the floor, lacking motivation for school. Determined to help make a difference in the lives of the children, and armed with the knowledge that education provides youth a solid foundation, Saul made it his mission to raise funds to reconstruct their school.

After an arduous three-year labor of love, and with the help of a community of scholars wanting to make a difference, the 134 elementary students graduated in a newly reconstructed school.

Saul Flores

Saul Flores

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how finding purpose beyond just themselves allows them to accomplish much more,
  • how serving others is leadership,
  • the value of service-learning trips and giving back to communities, and
  • how to use their skills and talents in service of others.

The Walk of Immigrants

Saul spent three months walking, hitchhiking, and sleeping on the ground and in hiding places. His journey began in Ecuador and ended in Charlotte, North Carolina. In three months, he walked 5,328 miles through ten countries and nine border crossings to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States can be and to raise money for an elementary school in Atencingo, Mexico.

In this keynote, Saul speaks about how as a North Carolina State University senior, he took the “Walk” in the summer of 2010. Student audiences get the opportunity to relive The Walk of the Immigrants along with Saul and create a deeper understanding of the struggles, hardships, joy, and hope that immigrants experience on their journey.

Saul Flores

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to connect their passion with purpose,
  • the value of learning about different cultures and communities, and
  • how immigrant communities try to overcome adversity in the United States.

From Where I Stand

From helping his mother scrub penthouse suites in Manhattan to learning broken English with his sister, Saul’s humble beginnings started in Brooklyn, New York.

Growing up with little-to-no resources, Saul persisted through the economic barriers that prevented him and his family from attaining the American Dream. As a high school senior, he spent his afternoons applying to universities and scholarships, knowing that it was going to take more than grades for him to attend college.

As the first person in his family to graduate high school, Saul received more than 20 scholarships from organizations like McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz, Walmart, BI-LO, The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and was offered a seat in the Caldwell Fellows Program at NC State.

Now, he wants to share his story to inspire college students to persevere no matter the circumstance. Whether they are a first-generation college student or a freshman in a new leadership role, Saul will encourage students to overcome their own barriers and live up to their fullest potential.

Saul Flores

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how perseverance can help students overcome any obstacle,
  • how to empathize with individuals from underserved communities,
  • how adversity can fuel personal growth, and
  • how first-generation students can change the world.

“This is the story of a type of persistence and resourcefulness that is astounding at any age, in any setting or in any country. Saul Flores is the real deal. And to know Saul Flores–and this may sound trite, but it isn’t–is to love him, to be crazy about him, and to be inspired by him.”

– Susan Nutter, Vice Provost, North Carolina State University

“It’s a story that Flores tells so modestly, with such an understatement, that at first you don’t quite grasp the gravity of it.”

– Bob Geary, Indy Week

Saul’s Bio

Saul Flores (pronounced sahool), is a philanthropist, photojournalist, and speaker who is nationally recognized for his social impact projects. Through his most recent project, Saul documents the amazing lives of thousands of Latin American immigrants to fundraise for an elementary school in his mother’s hometown.

His work has been featured on National Public Radio, MSNBC, and TED. Additionally, Saul has been featured as a keynote speaker for dozens of universities, inspiring audiences through his visual presentations, in which he helps people realize the capacity of their immense human potential given times of extreme adversity.

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How Latin American Directors Are Changing What We Expect From Latino Immigrant Stories https://t.co/QWjm6oQIyf https://t.co/vQ4GUXvZeH

Google Just Launched One of the Largest Digital Collections of Latino Art & History https://t.co/UozkZWOMpf https://t.co/SuGTSuXXjV

This Photographer Is Documenting Houston's Often Overlooked Central American Population https://t.co/uhBMrB7Dpb https://t.co/Mhn4ZKe3IS

Work in progress on the Mexican side of the US/MEXICO border https://t.co/1rb7zG7148

A los 800,000 #DREAMers que aman este país y orgullosamente lo llaman su hogar: Estamos con ustedes. Esta lucha sól… https://t.co/pd7a6JAeS2

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