LEARN MORE ABOUT MANNY FLORES
Manny Flores is an educator, author, and public speaker. He has published two books and a number of inspirational poems focused on critical issues impacting youth of color in urban communities. He has written about the school to prison pipeline, youth incarceration, restorative justice, trauma, educational inequity, systematic racism and youth empowerment. Much of Manny’s work stems from the barriers he overcame as an undocumented youth, formerly incarcerated youth and high school dropout.
Manny was born in Mexico and was brought to the United States as a child at the age of 6 to be reunited with his mother in Northern California. He faced several barriers in the educational system as an undocumented youth living in poverty. With limited support at home and school, Manny struggled to succeed in school and found himself caught in a whirlpool of disciplinary actions that led to multiple school suspensions, misdemeanors and felonies that ultimately resulted in juvenile hall placement and a criminal record. Manny’s experiences in juvenile hall motivated him to earn his G.E.D. after being released from juvenile hall and began taking courses in community college towards his Bachelor’s Degree. His focus and determination drove him to transfer to the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. He continued his education by earning his Master’s Degree in Education at California State University, San Francisco. He is the first in his family to earn a college degree and the first in his family to be a published author.
Manny currently works in Oakland, California mentoring at-risk youth of color and is involved in a number of community based projects. He remains passionate about serving as an advocate and catalyst for change to empower undocumented youth and marginalized youth of color. "In order to truly teach your students in a way that is humanizing and affirming, you must know who they are and where they come from. This means learning about their respective communities, cultures, and families."-Manny Flores
January 29, 2018
Love, Courage and Hope—That’s all I had left in me. At 16 years old I was at rock bottom, I was lost and confused. Being undocumented made everything a million times worse. I didn’t know what my identity was; I didn’t feel like I belong. On top of everything, I was in jail for armed robbery. You can tell a lot about a person when they are at their lowest point. Do they get up or chose to stay down? I knew life had to get better at some point so I continued to fight: that was the only option. Wins and losses, that’s what my life is defined by. My name is Manny Flores, and this is my story.
THE LAND OF THE FREE (SPOKEN WORD)
THE ART OF STORYTELLING
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