My first book signing at B&N on Manhattan’s Upper West Side (82nd St and Broadway) Thursday night, May 6, made me feel like a REAL author. A surreal but wonderful and very gratifying experience. Old friends and colleagues were joined by people who had read or heard about the book from recent media coverage. We also had three special speakers: Tiara Killings, a 17 year-old from PAL (The Police Athletic League), Damian Travier, Director, Education and Leadership Development for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and Theresa Thomas, 22, who is just completing her City Year.
The part of the book of which I might be most proud, is the Resource Guide in the back. This is a list of over 200 organizations that are mentoring kids, teaching them important life skills and that they should expect more from themselves. They are also showing kids the importance of giving back to others around them. I wanted to make sure that those parents and kids who read the book and need help have someplace to turn; philanthropists and volunteers who want to reach out, know there are many amazing organizations worthy of their time and assistance; and that these organizations, who are bearing much of the burden of helping our nation’s kids do and be more, are recognized and applauded. These special guests, who spoke so passionately about the mission of their respective organizations, got people thinking.
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