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Ricky Roberts III is the author of four books, YOU, What Really Matters, Where Did the Gift Go, and Awakening the New You: A Path to Transformation. He is also a monthly columnist for Transformation Magazine, youth advocate, speaker and visionary. Roberts believes that everyone matters and deserves to know it. This belief inspired him to create YOU ARE VALUED, a nonprofit organization that creates positive change one heart at a time. The vision of YAV is a world where everyone sees the value in who they are and appreciates the same in others. Roberts has had the privilege to connect with 1000’s of youth and adults in a wide variety of settings from maximum-security detention centers to parent and adult groups to middle and high school classrooms.

As a young person Roberts witnessed abuse on many levels between his mother and father, which impacted his perception of love and his self worth for many of his teenage years. After being stabbed nine times at the age of 17, Roberts let go of his role as a victim and began asking how he can use what he has experienced to impact others in a positive way. Roberts takes everything he has learned not only from his own healing process but those he has had the honor to help in theirs and fuses it into his continued effort to best understand how he may be of service to others.

Today, Ricky inspires through his writings, speaking engagements, workshops, youth outreach, volunteer work, efforts with the YOU ARE VALUED movement and his interaction with others in his daily living. He is dedicated to reaching people in a positive way wherever he may be. For more information, please visit and

Ricky resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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How to Discover Your Worthiness

This moment, right now, is all that you can truly know. Regardless of what you may have done in your past, or the fears that you may have of the future, give thanks that you are here now. You are beautiful and deserve to know the gift that you are to the world. Honor the mistakes you have made, for everyone makes them, but seek the lessons that they may have to teach you. There is only one you. No matter how many people you compare yourself to, or how much you try to please others, no one can ever…

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How Can I Remember I’m Valued?

"What can I do to value myself in those times when I don't feel like I am valuable and/or valued?" ~ Quinn, Baltimore, MD First, remember to be kind to yourself and know that it is part of our humanness to feel sadness, frustration, and, at times, less than. You are not wrong for what you feel. During the times you don’t feel valuable and/or valued, shift your awareness onto all that you have and all that you are. Give thanks for the opportunity to learn and grow from the challenges you face. Find gratitude in the existence of being,…

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We Are All In This Together

Often times, we get so distracted, or caught up on the vastness of the “problems” of our world that we get discouraged, and don’t do anything at all. In truth, we are living in very interesting times. There are a lot of people who are hurting, or being hurt, going with out food, are not being nurtured with love, homeless, jobless, and hopeless. This is not to mention the issues that need to be addressed in regards to our mother earth. This is our reality, right now. The other reality is: there are many people who are making a difference…

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