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Manu Lewis was born 1970 in North Minneapolis as the only child yet moved to Atlanta at the age of 4, raised by his mother and step-father. By the 9th grade, Manu attended 10 different schools in the Atlanta and Las Vegas area. In 2004 Manu moved back to Minneapolis in hopes of getting his life on a better track yet found himself falling back into criminal activities that landed him in jail with another felony.
On his 40th birthday, Manu’s younger cousin who was caught up in the same street lifestyle as he was murdered. A light came on inside of Manu that forced a decision to change or continue living a life of crime & prison or death. Manu took the second chance Minnesota offered him and began participating in the Correctional Transitional Systems Incorporated (CTSI) Program. The CTSI program took Manu through a process of exploring his past, thought process, associations and his potential to be a better person. Manu graduated from CTSI and remains engaged in mentoring other men through the program as an alumnus while keeping himself busy and focused. Later being introduced to the Criminals & Gangmembers Anonymous program, Manu began to facilitate weekly lifestyle recovery sessions for the next 5yrs supporting men who were transitioning out of the CTSI program.