I am happy to announce that I released my third book Truth for Our Youth: A Self-Empowerment Book for Teens. It is my hope that parents, teachers, youth development specialists, and after-school programs will purchase this book, read it, and disseminate its principles in the community. In this post, I want to explain my reasons for writing the book and let you know more about the project.
I’ve read hundreds of self-help, motivational, and self-empowerment books throughout my life. The majority of them targeted adults. I’m speaking of books like Who Moved My Cheese, The 48 Laws of Power, Think and Grow Rich, The Law of Attraction, The Secret, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and many others.
But as an educator and someone dedicated to empowering young people, I saw no books that targeted our teen population. And when those books finally arrived, most were written by people with no background in education or youth development. Others focused mainly on young ladies or young men, and centered on dating and etiquette. Moreover, the majority of these books had little reference or relevance to youth of color. And yet, Black and Latino youth, who are among the most at-risk and vulnerable citizens of the United States, REALLY need to learn about empowering themselves!
I began writing a book that would provide our youth with a blueprint to help them navigate the confusing (and sometimes dangerous) world of adolescence in an effort to help them realize their full potential and lead empowered and fulfilling lives.
The result is Truth For Our Youth: A Self-Empowerment Book For Teens. It is written in teen-friendly language, contains charts, activities and relevant graphics, and it imparts useful information like:
- How to build self-confidence and self-love
- How to manage time
- How to deal with peer pressure
- The importance of investing in yourself
- Avoiding common “traps” in life
- How to make good decisions
- How to choose friends wisely
And much more! The book has two parts. Part I (10 chapters) focuses on information for teens. Part II (5 chapters) focuses on information for parents/adults. As the caretakers of young people, parents or adults must work cooperatively with youth, because youth empowerment is a team effort. Part II gives parents the basic information and framework they need to help youth soar.
This is now my third book, and in my opinion, the most important. This society does little to empower Black and Latino youth. WE are charged with making sure they know who they are and where they come from, and making sure they develop the attitude, skills, and habits to be leaders and problem-solvers long after we’re gone. While this book is no cure-all, it is a tool to assist in this effort. The book will be available soon and I’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, please click here to enjoy a free chapter which focuses on peer pressure, and visit (and “like”) my Facebook author page.
Agyei Tyehimba is a former NYC public schoolteacher, co-founder of KAPPA Middle School 215 in the Bronx, NY, and co-author of the Essence Bestselling book, Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler, published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster. Agyei has appeared on C-Span, NY1 News, and most recently on the A&E documentary, “The Mayor of Harlem: Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez.” Mr. Tyehimba is a professional consultant and public speaker providing political advice and direction for Black college student organizations, community activist groups, and nonprofit organizations. If you are interested in bringing Agyei to speak to your organization, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.