- Go after your Dreams/ Never give up!
- Train your child to be leader
- A Fighting Chance
- Teachers- What good are they?
- Consequences of good / bad decision making
- Respect yourself your parents and teachers and those in respectful authority
- Choosing the right roads
- Dangers of violence, drugs, gangs
Joe Manno, is an award winning writer, producer, and actor of stage, screen, and television. He began his career in the entertainment industry in 1983, where he appeared in such motion pictures as The Calendar Girl Murders, For the Love of the Soldier, The Aviator, Night Screams, Doing Time, and Perfect. He has also made numerous television appearances on shows including Trapper John, M.D.,
Cagney and Lacey, and Remington Steele. Early in his career, Manno realized that many of the characters he portrayed had a negative impact on children. As a result, he decided to dedicate his talents to steer kids on to the right roads in life. He promised himself to stay away from corrupt material and only involve himself in positive projects.
In 1989, Manno created a stage show for children entitled, A Fighting
Chance. This live performance encouraged children to take the right roads in life by staying away from drugs, gangs, and violence. The show soon received endorsements from not only the school teachers of America, but from the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan
In 1997, Manno began traveling to many parts of the US holding Family and Youth conferences where countless lives, including his own, were changed. In 2002, the live show, “A Fighting Chance,” went to a whole new level. It has expanded to not only a live show for kids but a book series along with a magazine as well as an arena show. Since its new adventure in 2002, “A Fighting Chance” has performed, live, to over 150,000 public school children nationally, and has since had endorsements from two of Florida’s Governors, including Jeb Bush, the mayor of Orlando, Sheriffs, educators, parent’s and business owners from all walks of life. Joe speaks regularly in front of hundreds to thousands of school children, families, educators, encouraging them to read, stay in school, train their children to be leaders, and to teach with a passion, knowing that children are very impressionable and that they can make a difference. Whether your 5 or 95, using his unique style of comedy, Joe gets the messages across, leaving each person no mater the age knowing that they can make a difference in their life and in the lives of others.
*Joe knows that no two speaking engagements are the same. Each of his messages can be “tailor made” for your event.