Claude-Daniel Fabien is an energetic and exciting communicator and mentor who specializes in character development and life skills. His down-to-earth, yet articulate style of communication allows his audiences to grasp the principles he imparts while keeping their minds sharp and attentive. Claude-Daniel has worked for various organizations in Tucson, Arizona and Chicago, Illinois, as he has reached over 10,000 thousand youth on the topic of healthy relationships, life skills and leadership development. He also built and edited publications for the Confederation of Spanish American Families, and was on the committee that revised and developed the curriculum “Leadership”. In addition, he has lead a peer mentoring group that taught abstinence through the performing arts before school assemblies and community events in AZ, IL and twice in Uganda, Africa in 2006 and 2011. Claude-Daniel has a B.A. in Religious Studies with a Spanish Minor from the University of Arizona, as he speaks Spanish and even French conversationally. His role at Legacy Leaders International as the Innovation Specialist allows him to use his skills to develop innovative and creative curricula that will convey leadership principles in a manner that will be remembered and applied personally and professionally.
Melody Fabien has worked with youth in Chicago for 16 years and each year speaks to thousands of teens and young adults around the country on healthy choices and healthy relationships. Melody's transparency in sharing her personal stories has touched many lives, as she also speaks to thousands of youth and young adults nationwide on sexual risk avoidance and pursuing healthy relationships. She provides workshops and consulting for different organizations to impact change and empower teens and young adults to resist negative pressures and make good decisions in their lives. She also mentors mentors monthly.
Melody is happily married to Claude-Daniel (CD) Fabien and they share a powerful story which has been an inspiration to thousands of people across the globe. They were featured on Fox News, CNN, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times for their unique love story. They reside in Chicago and have two daughters. Melody holds a B.A of Arts in Communications.
Olivia Roskos is a creative director, performer, and teaching artist who uses various art forms to develop and encourage youth throughout the city of Chicago. Olivia’s passion is to see youth grow and develop as people and leaders by sharing their stories of pain and joy. Olivia has worked with youth for the past five years in the city of Chicago in many different capacities. She started her work with youth at GRIP outreach by mentoring high school students. During her time with GRIP, Olivia spent time as a teacher’s assistant within various classrooms, a teaching artist alongside the American Theater Company, and a life coach who focused on academic, emotional, and spiritual growth. She also spent a summer interning with GRIP in writing, producing, and directing a full length multimedia performance.
She is also directing a show called This is Us for Legacy Leaders International that focuses on telling the powerful and impactful stories of what it’s like to be a young leader at risk in the city of Chicago. This performance highlights real stories from the lives of five students and invites the audience to experience the reality of student’s joys and trials while living in Chicago. Olivia is committed to seeing students use the arts as a mean to process and grow through their experiences; thus developing into people who can impact and change the communities around them.
Rosa is a proud Legacy Leaders Alum and was part of the first North-Grand High School class of Legacy Leaders. During her years with Legacy Leaders, Rosa was a student leader and taught various lessons that remained with the students beyond graduation. She graduated from high school in 2013 and is attending Western Illinois University as a French Major with the hopes of becoming a French Teacher. Rosa's desire is for her future classroom to be a sanctuary for students as Legacy Leaders was for her.