Motivational Speaker

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Darrius Garrett has had over ten years of experience presenting to various audiences. He consistently speaks on his life, the influence of growing up without a father, being in jail, becoming a Freedom Writer and turning it all around to become a successful catalyst for change with a message of hope. The Freedom Writers story exemplifies how anyone, no matter what their background, can become a success- particularly when others believe in them. Darrius Garrett is a world renowned speaker who connects with people from all walks of life from the ghetto to the corporate world. Each time audiences see Darrius in action, they are touched, moved, and inspired to create change from within, and to be a better person, or group.

Darrius is very open to tailoring his presentation based on the specific goals of your event. His presentations typically utilize a time frame of 1 hour. (20 min video/30 min speech and 10 min or more for questions)
There is typically a speaking fee for Darrius services as seen below. Darrius also provides promotional material such as books, music and motivational tapes available for purchase at all events. Proceeds from the sale of the material directly funds a great cause.


Darrius Garrett
Author|Poet|Actor|Songwriter|Screen & Playwrite | Motivational Speaker|Freedom Writer

In a few short years, Darrius Garrett transitioned from the ’hood to humanitarian, reaching heights he once could only imagine. As an inner-city youth of Long Beach, Calif., Garrett could easily have become a product of his environment but rose instead to become a pillar of his community. He became a New York Times bestselling author at a young age when he co-wrote The Freedom Writers Diary, which inspired the 2007 movie The Freedom Writers starring Hilary Swank. In the film, Garrett was portrayed as the heart-wrenching character Marcus. He also wrote the song “Change” for the movie’s soundtrack.


As a freedom writer, Garrett was co-recipient of the Spirit of Anne Frank Award, the Crystal Apple Award and other honors. He has shared his story with the likes of Miep Gies, the Dutch woman who hid Anne Frank; former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley; and singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. The story has also been featured on segments on Primetime Live with Connie Chung, The Oprah Winfrey Show and NPR, as well as in articles in the L.A. Times, the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Associated Press. Garrett’s recent works include a book of poetry titled Poetic Thoughts and the soon-to-be-published Diary of a Freedom Writer: The Experience. He frequently speaks to at-risk youth in schools and detention centers, as well as educators, social workers, businesspeople and politicians. Motivating his audiences with his story of hope, tolerance and action, Garrett encourages them to become the fire that ignites change.

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Darrius has been the co-recipient of many awards and acknowledgments through what he has accomplished along with his Freedom Writer Family. Through Darrius speeches he has inspired youth & adults alike that were considered at-risk, incarcerated, suicidal, not to mention those that may have dealt with bullying, mental health issues like depression and PTSD just as he does. He helped influence most to create goals for themselves and want better for their lives by reforming themselves to be model citizens and enjoy the gift of life that we all have been granted.

Within his speeches, Darrius employes most to become natural leaders and dream chasers not afraid to try new things.

Darrius has also helped teachers connect with their students and become award-winning & innovative leaders just as Erin Gruwell had done with him and his cohorts; by simply listening to their students and working closely with others to help students become more successful in the classroom as well as out.


 Past Events/Clients 

National University - Costa Mesa, CA.* CIS - Long Beach,CA.*Santa Fe Youth Services -Ft. Worth, TX.* Youth Links  - Minniapolis, MN * West Seneca Youth Bureau - West Seneca, NY. * Americorps - Buffalo, NY. * Century Community Charter School - Inglewood, CA. * Chester Middle School - Chester, SC * Workman High School * Youth Empowerment Conference - Frankenmuth,MI. * Woodrow Wilson High School - Long Beach,CA. * Dorothy McElhinney Middle School - Murrieta,CA. * Troy University - Troy, AL * The Morgan School - Clinton, CT * Onondaga Community College - Syracuse, NY * Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility - San Diego,CA.* International Elementary School - Long Beach, CA. * Deerfield Beach Middle School - Deerfield Beach, FL * The G.A.P.S Foundation - Beaverton, OR. * San Antonio High School - Claremont, CA. * Outreach Program - Poughkeepsie, NY. * National Day of Service - New York, NY. * North Hennepin Community College - Brooklyn Park, MN * Hennepin Technical College * Minneapolis Public Schools * Youth Wellness Conference - Indian Wells,CA. * Bailey Middle School - Nashville,TN.​


Garrison Wynn - Keynote Speaker/Bestselling Author

"Darrius is an outstanding author an speaker. His story and message paint a realistic view of what it really takes to develop a more effective mindset regardless of circumstances. In doing so, he changed how we all see the world and defined the contributions needed to influence everyone around us

Bill Feaver - Teacher at Fresno County office of edu./Courts

"I am affiliated with the Freedom Writer Foundation and Darrius is a Freedom Writer. He has worked very hard in my affiliation with him. He has been a speaker at the juvenile hall where I work talking to at-risk students and encouraging them to get an education. He is a great speaker. Darrius would be a valuable asset in any position he fills."

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Fundraising Ideas

As we all have felt the economic crunch of today’s times, I have sat down with my staff to figure out feasible ways that we can wither through this economic storm together but still keep our youth and community members in mind as we help today’s youth with Darrius Garrett’s motivational speaking events.

1. Share Darrius Garrett with another school in your area on the same day. Therefore his speaker’s fee is cut nearly in HALF for your school and the school that is joining... Darrius is super easy to promote to other schools just solely based on being a Freedom Writer along with the book and the movie as professional credits. If more information is needed by the other party, feel free to forward them to and click on the Motivational Speaker tab.





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