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From the Foster Care System to Troubled-Teen to World Renowned Speaker
How did he make the journey from a child that many said would never make it, to one of the biggest voices for CHANGE?
Mark Anthony Garrett grew up in the tough inner city of Dayton, Ohio as a foster child and was then later adopted. Throughout his child hood he faced many hardships such as poverty, neglect, homelessness and abuse, both physical and sexual. At 14, he lost his adopted mother to cancer, dropped out of school, joined a gang and was in and out of juvenile jail.
With the help of family, teachers and mentors, Mark was able to turn his negative situation around for the better. This experience inspired him to dedicate his life to helping troubled youth and adults overcome the negative challenges within their own lives and discover that they have greatness within them.
For over 17 years Mark Anthony Garrett has motivated audiences from all over the world through his electrifying speeches, training and transformational seminars. Mark is a leading expert within the Foster Care Life industry on such topics as Staff and Foster Parent Retention, Leadership, Providing Great Service to Others, Overcoming Adversities, Youth Empowerment and Maximizing Human Potential. He is best known for his premium professionalism, high-energy programs, humor, enthusiasm and the ability to captivate audiences of all types.
Mark is the owner of three successful businesses, a former international radio talk show host and author of three inspirational books. He has contributed and published articles for various newspapers and publications around the country and has delivered well over 2,500 paid speeches. He is also a leading columnist for Fostering Family Today magazine. Mark is one of the most requested speakers within the Foster Care Life industry.
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Partial Client List
A World for Children
American Society for Training & Dev.
Atlanticon Health Care Services
Bill Gates Knowledge Works Program
Cal-Works Partnership Summit
Canada Foster Parent Association
Children’s Aid Society Ottawa Canada
Children’s Aid Society Cornwall Canada
Civilian Conservation Corps
Department of Human Services
Department of Job and Family Services
Head Start Association
Hillsborough Kids Inc.
Indiana Youth Advocate Program
Institute Of Human Services
International Business Society
International Foster Parent Association
International Speakers Network
National Foster Parent Association
National Youth Advocate Program
Nationwide Children’s Hospital-Human Resources
Nationwide Children’s Hospital-Oncology Unit
Nationwide Children’s Hospital- Hematology Unit
Nationwide Children’s Hospital-Employment Department
Nationwide Children’s Hospital-Workforce Development
Nationwide Children’s Hospital-Student Tech Corps
New Mexico State School of Social Work
Ohio Teen Institute
Ohio Youth Advocate Program
San Bernardino Valley College School of Social Work
South Carolina Public Schools
South Carolina Children’s Homes & Family Services
South Carolina Youth Advocate Program
Texas Foster Family Association
University of Cincinnati
US Department of Natural Resources
US Social Security Administration
Value City Department Stores
ViaQuest Behavioral Health
West Virginia Jr. College
West Virginia Teen Institute
Wisconsin Friends of Adoption