Meet Alton Carter


Alton Carter the author of The Boy Who Carried Bricks and Aging Out which are books about his life journey from foster care through adulthood. He has also authored two illustrated children’s books: The Boy Who Dreamed Big and The Boy Who Went to the Library.

Alton Carter currently works for the Office of First Year Success at Oklahoma State University as a financial planning coach. Their office provides the tools and resources students need to succeed and welcomes 5,000 new students every year. They are eager to help students transition to OSU. As a financial planning coach, Mr. Carter coaches new students on creating healthy financial habits and how to access financial resources as well as addressing hardships and difficulties early so there is more time to help the students solve them.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree at Oklahoma State University and is using his story to inspire youth and adults to do all they can to “make the world a better place.” He makes his home in Stillwater, Oklahoma with his wife Kristin and their five children.


“Equip, Adapt and Respond-Creating Student Survivors”
This workshop will provide teachers an inside look at why students see themselves as victims and provide them with information and tools to reach and change the victim mentality.

Inspiring employees to use their personal stories and experiences to create a fulfilling environment in the workplace. This workshop will help employees find value in what the have been through and use those experiences to create personal ownership in everyday tasks, giving them tools to lay down the burdens that cripple success.

“The Boy Who Carried Bricks”

Abandoned by his father, neglected by his mother, shuttled between foster homes and a boys ranch for most of his formative years, a young man refuses to succumb to the fate that the world says should be his. Born the second of five children to a woman who not once had a name to write in the blank space left for father on her children’s birth certificates, Alton Carter does not mince words as he describes a childhood full of violence and hunger and neglect. Early on, Alton decides he wants a “normal life”—even if that means standing up to abusive relatives and being teased by his siblings and cousins. Along the way, he keeps an eye out for those who might help lighten the load, never losing hope that such people exist.

This engaging, emotional, and motivating student assembly brings hope to students that might be experiencing a similar situation.