A product of a one night stand, abused in foster home after foster home, and raised sleeping in parks were just a few of the daunting obstacles in Monti’s journey from the streets to the stage.
Monti’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, Monti grew up sleeping on cardboard boxes, living in parks, and being abused by foster parent after foster parent. Until 8th grade Monti was in special Ed. classes and was held back on two separate occasions. Despite this adversity, Monti went on to obtain two college degrees, become a state basketball champion, award winning poet, Mcdonalds All- American nominee, nationally recognized actor, and co-founder of Truality.org.
His presentation about not letting your past define you, or not letting it affect your future, was an important point and i believe had a lasting impression on us as we left the hall.