Sunday, August 13, 2017

From the Foster Care System to Troubled-Teen to World Renowned Speaker and Entrepreneur

 Mark Anthony Garrett 

Educational speaker Mark Anthony Garrett grew up in the tough inner city of Dayton, Ohio as a foster child and was then later adopted. Throughout his childhood he faced many hardships such as poverty, neglect, homelessness, abandonment and abuse, both physical and sexual. At 14, he lost his adopted mother to cancer, dropped out of school, joined a gang, became addicted to drugs and was in and out of juvenile jail. Although his surroundings were negative, Mark was encouraged by a Teacher to NEVER GIVE UP on life and to always Strive for Excellence! He knew he had to take destiny into his own hands. 

After receiving guidance from influential mentors, Mark enrolled in college and majored in wildlife biology and went on to become a two-time U.S. Achievement Academy Award Winner, recipient of the National Collegiate Minority Leadership award and received the highest honors given by his college, which were the President’s and Trustee’s awards.

 Mark also returned to college and earned a degree in entrepreneurship.
With all of the adversity he faced in life, 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. Mark is extremely passionate about helping raise the mental consciousness of people all across the nation and abroad.

America’s Most Requested Inspirational Speaker for Education

Mark Anthony Garrett is one of the most compelling motivational and self-development speakers of our time. He has inspired audiences throughout the world with his electrifying high-energy speeches, seminars, trainings and life-coaching sessions. A successful businessman and leader, Mark is an international radio talk show host, educational consultant and author of Teachers are Heroes and S.E.R.V.I.C.E. is Everything!!!
Mark has appeared on various radio shows and within numerous publications.

He has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox affiliates, along with Forbes magazine. Mark was a featured guest on the Brian Tracy Show and is a leading columnist for Fostering Families Today magazine.
His book and keynote address, Teachers Are Heroes, has placed Mark at the top of the list as a leading expert within the K-12 educational industry. He has spoken for numerous school systems on topics such as Teacher Leadership, School Climate, Student Achievement, Service Excellence and Maximizing Human Potential.

Mark Anthony Garrett: Foster Care Expert and Education Consultant 


He is best known for his premium professionalism, high-energy programs, humor, enthusiasm and the ability to captivate audiences of all types.  He has contributed and published articles for various newspapers and publications around the country and was recently featured as a celebrity expert in Forbes Magazine.
Partial Client List
4H Camp
A World for Children
American Society for Training & Dev.
Atlanticon Health Care Services
Bill Gates Knowledge Works Program
Cal-Works Partnership Summit
California Cal-Works
Canada Foster Parent Association
CASA Indiana
CASA Texas
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
Glory Foods
Head Start Association
Hillsborough Kids Inc.
Hocking College
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 University
Ohio Youth Advocate Program
Rio-Grande University
SAFE Haven
SAFY Indiana
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
United Way
Value City Department Stores
ViaQuest Behavioral Health
West Virginia Jr. College
West Virginia Teen Institute
Wisconsin Friends of Adoption

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Road to Resilience…..

The Road to Resilience…..

Resilience was defined by most as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity (Ovans, 2015).
How do people deal with difficult events that change their lives? The death of a loved one, loss of a job, serious illness, terrorist attacks and other traumatic events: these are all examples of very challenging life experiences. Many people react to such circumstances with a flood of strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty.
Yet people generally adapt well over time to life-changing situations and stressful conditions. What enables them to do so? It involves resilience, an ongoing process that requires time and effort and engages people in taking a number of steps.
The information within describes resilience and some factors that affect how people deal with hardship.
What is resilience?
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means "bouncing back" from difficult experiences.
Research has shown that resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary. People commonly demonstrate resilience. One example is the response of many Americans to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and individuals' efforts to rebuild their lives.
Being resilient does not mean that a person doesn't experience difficulty or distress.
Emotional pain and sadness are common in people who have suffered major adversity or trauma in their lives. In fact, the road to resilience is likely to involve considerable emotional distress.
 Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.
Strategies For Building Resilience
Developing resilience is a personal journey. People do not all react the same to traumatic and stressful life events. An approach to building resilience that works for one person might not work for another. People use varying strategies.
Some variation may reflect cultural differences. A person's culture might have an impact on how he or she communicates feelings and deals with adversity — for example, whether and how a person connects with significant others, including extended family members and community resources. With growing cultural diversity, the public has greater access to a number of different approaches to building resilience.

Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before 

you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before 

you, raped before you? yet, someone survived? You can do 

anything you -choose to do.  -Maya Angelou
10 ways to build resilience
Make connections. Good relationships with close family members, friends or others are important. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience. Some people find that being active in civic groups, faith-based organizations, or other local groups provides social support and can help with reclaiming hope. Assisting others in their time of need also can benefit the helper.

Accept that change is a part of living. Certain goals may no longer be attainable as a result of adverse situations. Accepting circumstances that cannot be changed can help you focus on circumstances that you can alter.

Move toward your goals. Develop some realistic goals. Do something regularly — even if it seems like a small accomplishment — that enables you to move toward your goals. Instead of focusing on tasks that seem unachievable, ask yourself, "What's one thing I know I can accomplish today that helps me move in the direction I want to go?"

Look for opportunities for self-discovery. People often learn something about themselves and may find that they have grown in some respect as a result of their struggle with loss. Many people who have experienced tragedies and hardship have reported better relationships, greater sense of strength even while feeling vulnerable, increased sense of self-worth, a more developed spirituality and heightened appreciation for life.

Nurture a positive view of yourself. Developing confidence in your ability to solve problems and trusting your instincts helps build resilience.

Keep things in perspective. Even when facing very painful events, try to consider the stressful situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective. Avoid blowing the event out of proportion.

Maintain a hopeful outlook. An optimistic outlook enables you to expect that good things will happen in your life. Try visualizing what you want, rather than worrying about what you fear.

Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself helps to keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience.

Additional ways of strengthening resilience may be helpful. For example, some people write about their deepest thoughts and feelings related to trauma or other stressful events in their life. Meditation and spiritual practices help some people build connections and restore hope. The key is to identify ways that are likely to work well for you as part of your own personal strategy for fostering resilience.

American Psychological Association (APA). (n.d.). The road to resilience. Retrieved from

Ovans, A. (2015, January 5). What Resilience Means, and Why It Matters. Retrieved from

APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
American Psychological Association
APA, located in Washington, D.C., is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA works to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health and human welfare.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Secret That We Like To Keep Quiet: Incest Within The Family

 Here are some statistics that should be familiar to us all, but aren't, either because they're too mind-boggling to be absorbed easily, or because they're not publicized enough (Fontaine, 2013). One in three-to-four girls and one in five-to-seven boys are sexually abused before they turn 18, an overwhelming incidence of which happens within the family.
Incest is a subject that makes people recoil…….

Recoil : verb (used without object) draw back; start or shrink back, as in alarm, horror, or disgust.

The word alone causes many to squirm. They've been trusted or fatherly figures (some in a more literal sense than others) from institutions close to home, stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, brothers, or cousins or mothers and female relatives, for that matter(Fontaine, 2013).

To answer the questions always following such scandals—why did the victims remain silent for so long, how and why were the offending adults protected, why weren't the police involved, how could a whole community be in such denial?

One need only realize that these institutions are mirroring the long-established patterns and responses to sexual abuse within the family (Fontaine, 2013). Which are:.... Deal with it internally instead of seeking legal justice and protection; keep kids quiet while adults remain protected and free to abuse again(Fontaine, 2013).
Most incest victims experience confusion about their own reactions to the incest experience.It is this betrayal of innocence and resultant confusion, along with the loss of control and power over one's own behavior, that lead to the emotional and psychological impact on the victim (JRank Articles, n.d). Victims often experience, both at the time of the incestuous act and later as adults, a sense of shame, a feeling of powerlessness, and a loss of their childhood.
Intentionally or not, children are protecting adults, many for their entire lives. Millions of Americans, of both sexes, choke down food at family dinners, year after year, while seated at the same table as the people who violated them. Mothers and other family members are often complicit, grown-ups playing pretend because they're more invested in the preservation of the family (and, often, the family's finances) than the psychological, emotional, and physical well-being of the abused.

So why is incest still relegated to the hushed, shadowy outskirts of public and personal discussions, particularly given how few subjects today remain too controversial or taboo to discuss?
Perhaps it's because of the  devastating  effects sexual molestation by a trusted figure sickness our belly,  or is it still more palatable than the thought of accepting someone being raped by one's own flesh and blood. 


Fontaine, M. (2013, January 24). America Has an Incest Problem - The Atlantic. Retrieved from

Incest - Effects On Victims - Gender, Family, Development, Sexual, and Abuse - JRank Articles. (n.d.). Retrieved from