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.
What Happens at an event?
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 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.
Former Clients/ Events
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.