November 12, 1992, Troy Evans was sentenced to 13 years in Federal
He was convicted of five armed bank robberies, in
three states, over a six-month
crime spree, and was sent to the Federal Correctional Complex in
included such notorious criminals as Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.
Troy was released on December 13, 1999, over seven and one-half
Despite the obstacles that only prison can
produce, Troy was determined that his time
behind bars would not be wasted time. Education
would be his saving grace. After six
months of filling out applications, writing essays, begging, pleading,
and selling, Troy
landed his first scholarship for one class. That was a beginning,
and when Troy walked
out the doors of prison he carried with him two degrees, both obtained
with a 4.0 GPA
and designation on the Deans and Presidents list.
Troy is now a speaker who shares his story
and lessons learned with audiences of all ages.
Since his release, Evans has taken the Corporate,
Association and Education platforms by
storm. Audiences are stunned by his endurance, accomplishments
and remarkable personal
transformation. With straightforward, real life examples, Evans
shows how the keys to his
success in prison are the keys to his success today, and how these
lessons can be applied
to escaping the "prisons within ourselves". He renews
an appreciation for what is really
important in all of our lives and motivates each and every person
to overcome adversity,
adapt to change, and to realize their full potential.
young people, Evans speaks openly on the dangers of drug use, peer
the power of responsible decision-making.
the attention of today's youth by
sharing what he witnessed within the harsh environment of a Federal
Prison and illustrates
how his years of incarceration can be linked to the decisions he
made as a teenager.
Teen audiences are left with a wide-eyed understanding of "consequence"
realization that the decisions they make today have the potential
to alter their entire life.