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Power of One
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Manuel Scott

Speaker, Author, Servant Leader - One of the Original Freedom Writers

About Manuel Scott

An original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 hit movie, Freedom Writers, Manny Scott has energized almost two million leaders, educators, volunteers, and students worldwide with his authentic, inspiring messages of hope.

Speaking to over 125 groups a year for the past decade, he is the speaker of choice for conferences, conventions, schools, fundraisers, and banquets.

Manny has a gift: the ability to connect with, hold the attention of, and energize all kinds of audiences. ...

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The Power of One

This message is so personal for me because when I was going through the most difficult moments of my life; when I was so sad that I used to cry myself to sleep at night, drenching my pillows (or the floors ...

How to R.E.A.C.H. Youth Today

We are in a new world, characterized by rapid changes in population density, technology, immigration patterns, ethnic, religious, economic, and political diversity. These changes have created a world that ...

"Turn the Page!" Assemblies

I have been given a gift to engage even the most difficult audiences, and help them turn the page and begin writing (living) new, more fulfilling chapters in the lives. Chapters filled with healing and ...

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How to R.E.A.C.H. Youth Today by Manuel Scott
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Manny Scott was hands down AMAZING! Our staff, superintendent, and campus leaders loved Manny Scott’s message. He was exactly what we all needed to hear. Thank you for all of your help.

Holly Ferguson, M. Ed. - Prosper ISD

TRAINING LEADERS/ADULTS -- "I used to think Manny Scott was the best speaker I had ever heard in my 46 years in education- and I still do. But I believe, after hearing him teach [my administrators and teachers] today, that his strongest suit is that of lecturing and teaching and interacting with an audience...He puts it in a way that is easy to understand. Plus, he brings great credibility to it because of his background."

Dr. Keith Ballard - Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Oklahoma University

"Sorry but this is going to be a LONG message but I didn't think you would mind...I have been seriously thinking about killing myself, and you came to my school and helped me see that I'm not alone in my struggle with depression and loneliness. I've been so sad because my mother died recently...A few weeks ago my dad came into my room to find me crying on my bed. Because of you, I asked him if I could go to counseling. He asked me why... I showed him my wrists and how they were cut up. He was shocked. He asked me why I did it. My response: I didn't think that there was any other reason for me to live if my mom isn't alive. I started balling. He hugged me and said, 'okay I will find you a counselor tomorrow.' Now I feel so much better. I don't feel depressed anymore. Basically what I am trying to say is... you helped me and thank you. you are truly my hero."

Student

IMPROVED GRADES AND PERFORMANCE "Mr. Scott, words will never be able to describe how thankful I am that you were able to speak at my school a few months ago. Since then, I have been a new person. I let go of all my old ways, and I am now doing a lot better in school, as well as at home. I stopped smoking. I stopped drinking. I realized that where I want to go in life is way more important than the drugs or alcohol. I have actually applied myself in school and stopped sleeping in class. Here's how I have improved so far in school since your visit: English- I went from a 54 to a 73 Math- I went from a 27 to a 71 Physics- From a 38 to a 69 History-From a 50 to a 78 I wouldn't have been able to do it without you! Thank you!"

A "Changed" Teacher

SUICIDES PREVENTED - "Dear Mr. Scott, I heard you today at my school and was so moved. I talked to you to, and it means so much that you do this...I recently wrote a suicide note, and tonight I was gonna end it with a knife, but you came to my school today and saved me. Your words were stronger than my knife. I owe you so much! You are a true man, a true hero, and a true saviour! Thank you so much." -Anonymous Student

Anonymous Student

Manuel's message of hope, the value of intrinsic motivation and personal determination in beating the odds, was awe-inspiring. Manuel's not only an excellent role model for students but an inspiration to us all!

Alan J. Ingram, Ed.D. Excecutive Director of Federal Programs - Oklahoma City Public Schools
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Be a student of your students:' far Southwest Virginia educators meet in joint convocation

WISE - Teachers from six school divisions in far Southwest Virginia passed tissues and wiped tears Monday morning as an original "freedom writer"; detailed his rise from urban poverty. The educators were gathered under one roof - the David J. Prior ...

Struggling to make it to the finish line of this school year?

Struggling to make it to the finish line of this school year? Watch this video and share it with your tired friends. #livelikeyouaredying pic.twitter.com/pwGI941oK8 - Manuel Scott (@ManuelScott) April 22, 2018

Speaker Bureaus Used to Ignore Me Now I get Booked 2 Years Out

A client who booked me to speak called us this week to say, "A speaker's bureau recently called me to ask if I was interested in any speakers for [my events] over the summer. I told the man that we already had one, and he asked if I would mind telling him who we were ...