Beloved is a Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Youth Advocate, Violence Interrupter and Father. Dedric "Beloved" Hammond is a devoted Cure Violence Specialist and Outreach Supervisor at Next Step and Arches. Beloved transformed from a Crew Leader to Youth Activist and Motivational Speaker after spending time in prison where he turned his life around. He is now dedicating his new life to mentoring at risk youth on the consequences of gang involvement. Currently he is the program and site supervisor for Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub in Harlem.
Due to his own near death experiences as a former Crew leader he has knowledge on the outcome of gang violence, this gives him a unique approach to delivering his message and getting through to adolescents in a way others may not be able to. He is responsible for numerous mediations and resolution of dozens of conflicts in Harlem, NY and other states. Beloved has been featured in news articles with the New York Daily News, Don Diva Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, as well as television interviews with several news outlets such as ABC 7 News, BET, CNN, NY1 News and Pix 11 News. He also starred in the Documentary “Trigger Wounds” which won the award for Best Documentary at the New York City Tribeca Film Festival
ADVOCACY, TRAINING, CONSULTING, MENTORING