Gang Leader to Graduate – A Conscious Discipline Transformation

This the story of DJ Batiste. At the age of four he was kicked out of Head Start. At the age of thirteen he was in Juvenile Detention and still leading a large violent gang in Mississippi. At the age of 17 he was introduced to Conscious Discipline. Now, he leads and teaches from a different point of view and in turn inspires hundreds around the country with the message of Connection instead of Correction.


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  1. My name is Iniya but I'm on my grandma phone this Nan actually came up to my school today and told me a lot about stuff and I can't never forget these words DETERMINATION,DEDICATION,and DARE and I really believe in this man yeah I do like yo impress my friends and stuff and not listening to the teachers when I set my goal to be An lawyer and they are thriving me up to the next grade level but I'm in 5th grade talking,laughing, getting right-ups,acting a fool like my mama didn't teach me no better….. but now I still got these three words DETERMINATION,DEDICATION,and Dare… Thank you Dj

  2. THANK YOU for sharing such an inspiring story. I work in Schools with disconnected youth and in Juvenile Detention Centres with young detainees and this video was just the inspiration I needed. Keep up the great work DJ & Ms.Porter!

  3. I can't help but wonder how different my life would have been with a teacher like her all those years ago. DJ, you are an amazing young man! Keep up the good work. You are changing lives with every view this video gets. Gods Blessings to Mrs. Porter, D.J and Dr. Bailey

  4. Was introduced for the first time today to conscious discipline at our inservice and couldn't wait to come home and read more. Our school has taken this on and I am so inspired. Thank you for sharing DJ and Ms. Porter. Your story was a blessing to me today.

  5. I have been using this with toddlers. Listening to this young man and teacher talk,encourages me. I have seen how wonderful these skills are for teachers and children.

  6. I had the pleasure of meeting DJ a few days ago and hearing his story. You sir, have a beautiful gift and I could have listened to you speak for hours on end. Thank you for inspiring me to make an incredible difference in my student's lives!


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