The Waldorf University Speaker Series hosted the program, “From The Streets to The Stage” by Monti Washington on Jan. 16.

"From The Streets to The Stage" was an interactive presentation, designed to help students gain the problem solving skills needed to be successful inside and outside of the classroom. 

Washington's passion for helping students stems from the adversity he faced early on in life. Forced to live in poverty due to his mother’s drug addiction, Washington grew up sleeping on cardboard boxes, living in parks and being abused by foster parent after foster parent. Washington was in special education classes until eighth grade and was held back on two separate occasions.

Despite his adversity, Washington went on to obtain two college degrees, became a state basketball champion, award winning poet, McDonalds All- American nominee, a nationally recognized actor and co-founder of Truality.org, a non-profit organization aimed at inspiring youth to be TRU The Real U.

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