An original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the hit movie, Freedom Writers, Manny Scott has energized more than two million educators, students, and leaders worldwide with his authentic, inspiring messages of hope.
On the road up to 300 days a year for the past two decades, Manny Scott has delivered over 2,000 presentations, and is the speaker of choice for conferences, conventions, PD days, fundraisers, and banquets.
Manny has a gift: the ability to connect with, hold the attention of, and energize all kinds of audiences. From inner-city youth to business executives, Manny has learned to speak, and command, the language of his audiences with relevant, riveting, and compelling messages, moving them from cheers, to laughter, to tears, and go-forward determination.
By age 14, Manny’s story was almost over:
His father was incarcerated, he missed 60-90 days of school annually from 4th to 9th grade, he dropped out of school at age 14, he lived in 26 places by age 16, and his best friend was brutally murdered. Sensing that the end of his life was near, Manny sat down on a park bench, and considered how he would make others feel the depth of despair and anger roiling in his soul. He says, "When I look back, I now see that I was heading down a path that would have destroyed me."
But Something Powerful Happened
Then, a man—a complete stranger—took a risk, and sat down beside Manny. That man connected with him, encouraged him, and inspired him to write a different story—to create a new life.
Original Freedom Writer
That day, on a park bench, Manny Scott turned the page. He returned to school with a new attitude and purpose, and ended up in the back of Erin Gruwell’s English class—a group now known worldwide as the Freedom Writers, portrayed in the hit MTV movie.
In his journal, Manny began writing—and dreaming about—new, more fulfilling chapters in his life- chapters filled with healing, hope, perseverance, and possibility.
Through very hard work, and with the help of others, Manny has achieved many of the dreams he wrote about in his journal.
Manny graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with degrees in Political Science and Rhetoric. He also graduated from Trinity International University with a Master of Divinity.
Furthermore, Manny is currently conducting extensive and original research for his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Intercultural Studies (with a minor in Education) so that he can develop a unified, grounded, theoretical explanation of the processes through which effective educators and communicators go to develop intercultural competence (the ability to speak and behave in ways that are effective and appropriate, based on awareness, understanding, and skills).
Manny is one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers (CLICK HERE to see nearly 100 high-quality video testimonials from superintendents, principals, teachers, and others about Manny's impact on educators and students).
Through his Power of One Keynote, How to REACH Youth Today Seminar, and his unique Turn the Page school-wide assemblies, Manny has helped thousands of schools raise student achievement and leader efficacy in 49 states and on six continents; and, he has helped prevent thousands of dropouts and suicides.
Most importantly, Manny is a family man. He has been married to his college sweetheart for 17 years. They are raising three children together. When Manny is not speaking, traveling, or conducting research, he is spending quality time with his family.
Through very hard work, and the loving help of educators, Manny has broken the cycle, and achieved the dreams that he used to dream about. Click HERE to see what leaders have said about Manny's impact.
Author of Several books
Even on Your Worst Day You Can Be a Student's Best Hope
A 122-page book published with ASCD that shows what an individual teacher can do to help troubled, underperforming children believe in themselves, succeed in school, and graduate prepared for work and life.
An in-depth, 276-page book that equips you with the awareness, understanding, and skills to reach the youth in your life so they can reach their potential. It is based on Manny's life, his work with students, and his PhD research, and can help you become the best educator you can be.
Coach for Aspiring Education Speakers
Master Your Story 14-Day Challenge
An on-demand online video program that shows you how to create a speech that moves, motivates, and inspires powerful change in only 14 days.