BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- An Original Freedom Writer, Manuel V. Scott, whose story is told in the Hollywood movie, Freedom Writers, starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hillary Swank, will be speaking at 9 A.M. on Friday, September 3, 2010 in Monmouth, IL to 1800 students for the 2010 Teen Unity Rally. The event will be held at the First Street Armoury. At the Rally, Mr. Scott will inspire students to dream big, challenge them to take responsibility for their own success, and empower them to become agents of change on their campus and in their communities.
Then, at 6:30PM, Mr. Scott will be the keynote speaker for the Warren County United Way Campaign Kick-off. He will celebrate the great work that United Way is doing in Warren County and around the world, and call them to renew their commitment to giving people hope, healing, and transformation. The Kick-off will take place at the Warren County Museum.
"Freedom Writer" Manuel V. Scott's unique message is one that has entertained, educated, and empowered hundreds of thousands of people. Last year, he spoke to over 300,000 people, helping them make the most of their lives.
"I was once dismissed as 'unreachable' and 'unteachable,' and classified as an 'English as a Second Language' student," says Scott. At the age of fourteen, Manuel dropped out of school, and began to fulfill the awful prediction that he would be either dead or in jail by the age of eighteen. His use of drugs and alcohol eventually led to his involvement in illegal activities. However, due to an amazing transformation, Manuel has defied all the odds stacked against him.
"Something special happened, and now I get to share that message with others." The once high school dropout now holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, and Trinity International University. He is the author of Take Matters Into Your Own Hands: Dream Now!
He has received several awards for his commitment to transforming lives. "I do not share my story to impress people," Scott explains, "but to impress upon them some invaluable lessons that could literally change the quality of their lives forever."
"When I speak, I am absolutely committed to make sure that audiences are crystal clear about how to transform their lives, classrooms, departments, or organizations."
Scott is a nationally recognized speaker whose bold story encouraged him to rethink beliefs about himself and others, and to re-chart his future and become a citizen for change.
To learn more about Manuel and see clips of his dynamic presentation, visit www.manuelscott.com.
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