Kevin Szawala (aka ‘Mr. Peace’) is a National Youth Motivational Speaker, Youth Minister, Hip-Hop Artist & Poet from Metro Detroit, who travels the country to schools, churches, colleges & youth clubs spreading a passionate message of peace, love, equality, tolerance, kindness & understanding.
A Graduate of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Major in Economics & Minors in Spanish & Global Change) as well as Wayne State University for his MBA (focus in Marketing & Entrepreneurial Management), after spending time in Corporate America, he found his greater passion in working with youth. So, after being employed for several years in the Auto Industry right out of college, he made the giant leap of faith in 2010, leaving a very comfortable living (i.e., high paying job, benefits, etc.) to follow his dream of speaking & prove that one cannot put a price tag on passion.
Since that time, through the use of hip-hop, humor & heart he has given hope to over 1,000,000 people in over 1,000 schools in 20 states nationwide, primarily with his K-12 bullying prevention, diversity, kindness, substance abuse prevention & suicide prevention school assembly programs.
Known by many as ‘Mr. Peace’ for the peace, nonviolence & social justice work he has done at U of M over the last decade through the annual P.E.A.C.E. (Promoting Ethnic And Cultural Equality) Day he hosts every September in conjunction with the United Nations International Day of Peace (September 21st), he has now transitioned his non-violence work year round by talking at schools all over America. Szawala does all of this outside of his full-time job (Youth Minister at St. Mary’s Church in Milford, Michigan), by taking to the road & travelling to go speak at elementary, middle & high schools on his off days & vacation time to share his heart.
As the founder of “Mr. Peace, Inc.” 501(c)(3), a motivational speaking non-profit organization designed to help at-risk youth, ‘Mr. Peace’ has found that his sole purpose for being on this earth is to help others find their true purpose. His main message when it comes to treating people kindly is to look at one’s heart first & foremost, to see them like you would see your own best friend, to see them as one race: human. He believes that while “hurt people, hurt people”, “healed people can heal people”, & that if we choose to become healed people, we can help heal other’s hearts through love & then in doing so ultimately save lives.
Kevin Szawala is also a proud member of the elite Catholic Speakers Organization, CMG Booking, & currently resides in Michigan, loves to kayak, travel, create music, play basketball & spend time with those who matter most, especially his beautiful wife Samantha & their 3 “furry kids” (dogs) Bear, Kiki & Morello.