Last April I wrote a book entitled “Truth for our Youth: A Self-Empowerment Book for Teens.” In a nutshell, this book provides information, skills, and habits to help our Youth become self-motivated, empowered beings in a society attempting to limit their potential.
While people are buying it across the country, many more should. It is a powerful tool and solution for the epidemic of wayward and misguided youth. I decided that I couldn’t afford to wait for a rich celebrity, government initiative, or fancy publicity outfit to promote and sell this book. I realized that schools, youth-centered nonprofits were strapped for funding. This presented me with a huge dilemma; I have an antidote and cure for a devastating disease that few people suffering from the disease know about! Also, there’s the issue of people crying broke, or lacking the compulsion to invest what they do have into solutions in the form of knowledge.
Given these circumstances, I’ve decided to work around the barriers. I calculated what it would cost to donate 3000 of my books to 30 NYC schools and after school programs. I added the cost of promotional materials and postage to mail another 500 copies to youth development leaders and programs throughout the United States. I came up with a cost of $33,375. To raise the money Ifor this ambitious but much-needed project, I turned to Gofundme.com. Individuals have used this site to raise money for health-related and other issues, totaling millions of dollars. I believe this issue (rescuing and reclaiming our Youth) is no less important or urgent.
I invite you all to support this campaign and after make a donation to my project. You can make large or small donations, and ALL are accepted. I realize this is a challenging task. But I was taught by and am descended from people that make the impossible possible! Please donate what you can and share my gofundme page link on your social media sites with friends, family and co-workers. I believe that with your support, this project will be successful! Thanks again for being part of the solution rather than a cynical part of the problem. Click on the link below and partner with me:
Agyei Tyehimba is an educator, activist and author from Harlem, N.Y. Agyei 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. In April of 2014, he released Truth for our Youth: A Self-Empowerment Book for Teens. Agyei has appeared on C-Span, NY1 News, and most recently on the A&E documentary, “The Mayor of Harlem: Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez.”
Agyei earned his Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from Syracuse University, his Master’s Degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University, and his Master’s Degree in Afro-American Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
If you are interested in bringing Agyei to speak or provide consultation for your organization, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.