TWIN FALLS, Idaho (News Release) – Before he was 16, Manny Scott had missed so much school that he had dropped out. His dad was in prison, his best friend had been murdered, and he had lived in so many places that he didn’t feel he had a home. Worse, he felt he had no future.

How did he go on to become one of the young men portrayed in the 2007 hit movie ‘Freedom Writers’ and one of the most sought after motivational speakers in America?

Hear his story for yourself at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, in the College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Auditorium. For the past 10 years, Scott has spoken to more than 125 groups a year energizing leaders, educators, volunteers and students with authentic messages of hope.

He has helped raise student achievement in 150 school districts, prevented countless suicides with his presentations at school assemblies, and helped raise $400,000 through one keynote address to a non-profit organization. His mission is to equip leaders and teachers with the skills necessary to understand, engage, reach and teach even the most underperforming young people.

Manny Scott’s presentation is part of CSI’s Eagle View Lecture Series, sponsored by the CSI Honors Program, and is free and open to everyone.