Camp Program Speakers

NTLP always provides the best youth motivators in the nation! Check out these bios for more information about the inspiring motivators who were featured at our 2016 programs.

Note: Friends and family are invited to hear our inspirational speakers along with our attendees at our closing program on Sunday!

NTLP is proud to use The Fisher Agency as its booking agent for the majority of our speakers for 20 years!


Paul Parsons
Friday Night Entertainment
California Programs
Paul Parsons is a professional speaker, entertainer and hypnotist. His performance, which opens NTLP on Friday evening, is designed to both relax and invigorate the audience and help set the pace for a motivating and enjoyable weekend. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and an accomplished musician, Paul played with the Milwaukee Catholic Symphony at the age of 13. With his genuine enthusiasm and sincerity, combined with lots of audience participation, Paul guarantees a performance that is motivating, hysterically funny and amazing.

Hoan Do
Friday Opening Speaker
Chapman University, Southern California
Hoan Do is a student success coach, author, and as of 2014, a competitor in NBC’s hit show, American Ninja Warrior!

Hoan’s engaging style and ability to share important life lessons in a way that resonates with people has earned him the Verizon Wireless Motivator Award.

From an early age, Hoan was conscious of the sacrifices his parents had made in their escape to the United States during the Vietnam War- in pursuit of the American Dream. Feeling indebted to his parents for their courageous pursuit of a better life, Hoan vowed to ensure that one day, he would be able to take care of his parents.

After graduating from Pepperdine University with a degree in Economics, Hoan embarked on a career in personal development. As the founder of Succeeding in the Real World, Hoan is fiercely committed to sharing practical strategies that will help students to succeed in school and in life.

Hoan Do will reveal the essential elements that students need to focus on to become a STANDout leader that makes others around them better.

By the end of his keynote, students will learn:

  • What separates an OutSTANDing leader from a marginal leader
  • How to bring the best out in others
  • How to create a lasting impact on your organization, school and beyond

NTLP is pleased to welcome, for the first time at NTLP, Mr. Hoan Do!


Calvin Terrell
Saturday Speaker
Chapman University and CSU Sacramento
Calvin Terrell is an internationally recognized authority on leadership and personal development. For over a decade, his impact on his listeners has been profound and his life has inspired millions through his “Chicken Soup for the Soul” story in the (now famous) series. Calvin has mastered the art of effective diversity training helping hundreds of schools and organizations to measurably decrease violence, hate speech, and prejudice of all kinds. Poetic and candid, Calvin opens his spirit and that of his listeners as he disarms the powers of intolerance and injustice. His efforts for students are unparalleled and Calvin’s activism has garnered him multiple awards from educational, religious, and civic organizations.

A’ric Jackson
Sunday Closing Speaker
Chapman University, Southern California
For over a decade, people have allowed themselves to be inspired and motivated by the words of Mr. A’ric Jackson. His mission is to Teach, Inspire, and Encourage all those who hear him, and to take the challenge of helping others pursue their goals and dreams.

A’ric says, “In life there are two ways to live, In Fear or IN ACTION.” However, before action can go forward Aric reveals a proven methodology that helps students, leaders, and staff release the fear that binds them and then produce unprecedented results.

Watching A’ric speak on stage helps you realize why he is such a unique and gifted orator. For it takes a genuine speaker to present information with shared experience, passion to research a topic much deeper, and to share that information with the audience using skills that will make it a memorable and exciting experience for all.

Sean Derik

Shaun Derik, Dreams & Detours
Friday Opening Speaker
CSU Sacramento
Using the metaphor, life is a song, Shaun teaches listeners to pay attention to the music playing in their heads and to be mindful of negative influences and how we treat others. Just like the components of a successful production, this presentation will challenge our attendees to learn, practice, and perform positive habits. With a strong background in the performing arts, Shaun combines the importance of vision and an awareness of the world around us with an unbeatable plan of success. He tells the story of his own struggles while exercising his acting muscles, displaying years of conservatory dance training, and ending every conflict-filled story with a powerful message to never give up.
Scott Backovich

Scott Backovich, Be a Catalyst
Sunday Closing Speaker
CSU Sacramento
Scott’s presentations begin as a giant party. In one moment, students are laughing hysterically, moving actively on their feet, and shouting “ROCK ON!” at the top of their lungs. Yet only minutes later, that same room is silent; students find themselves hanging on to every word of Scott’s heartfelt and challenging message. It is at this point that the students in attendance realize they are no longer watching a presentation to an audience of hundreds or even thousands—they are hearing their own personal call to action.

Scott gets that students have a HUGE impact on those around them—from their casual acquaintances at school to the close friends they see virtually 24/7. Each and every student has the power to influence their world in some way, shape, or form. Before changing anything, though, each student must undoubtedly recognize that the world in which they live is not perfect by any means. It takes passion and determination to make it a better place.
Regardless of the situation, capacity, or context, the only way students will truly change their circumstances is if they decide to be a catalyst—someone who changes the status quo.