It was July 25th when I got the Facebook message that started a wonderful journey on a Fabulous Project – Empowering Teens.
The Project – The Birth of “1000 Tips for Teenagers“
“Hey Gorgeous – I’m not sure if you heard, but I’m writing my 3rd book …….and I would love it if you would like to be a part of it. I’m asking certain friends of mine if they would like to write 10 Tips for Teenagers to feel great about their lives. ….. and I would love if you have something that you could write. Something that interests you that you would like to share with teenagers. If this is a project that speaks to you, ……..”
Well the project definitely spoke to me – Loud and Clear with a Big, Roger 10-4. Of course I said Yes! Then I had for figure out how to deliver. Minor in relationship to Kelly’s story.
Kelly is a burn survivor since the age of 2 and constantly struggled with her self-esteem and inner beauty. She found a way to go from near-death to success; from the ugly scar-faced girl to an international speaker, bestselling author and medal recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. You have to ask yourself how? How did a burn survivor who constantly struggled with rejection and staring and teasing burst through all the negativity in her life to succeed? How did she get through those turbulent teenage years? Here’s what she says:
“Last June, I had the great honour of being able to speak to 150 grade 7 students and I allowed them to text me their questions so I could speak about what they wanted to hear. In that hour, I got 100 text messages and the first question was, “Have you ever contemplated suicide?” In fact, I got 5 questions about suicide. Wow, I was shocked and at first didn’t know how to answer it, but I decided that I must tell them how I prayed at night when I was a teenager.
I used to pray by saying, “Dear God, please don’t make me wake up in the morning, but if I have to, could you at least make me scarless and pretty like all the other girls? Thank you, amen.” After that speech, I discovered my “why” in life. I don’t ever want to see my own child or a friend’s child commit suicide because I didn’t help them and that’s why this book is so important to me. This “why” is what gets me up every morning and gives me my fuel to finish our project and help the teens in this world.I want teens to know that even though suicide is at an all-time high, life is worth living and we haven’t given up on them.”
Kelly Falardeau teamed up with Martin Presse after they met while doing a radio interview. They immediately hit it off and decided to meet soon after the interview. They talked over dinner about growing up and how tough it can be for teenagers these days. They both felt that whatever challenges they faced, teenagers today have it far worse. They never had to deal with cyber bullying. For the most part any bullying ended on the playground. Kids today have to deal with it 24/7.
They initially decided to write a book called “Still Beautiful / Still Cool”. Kelly would write about maintaining self-esteem from the girl’s perspective and Martin would write it from the male perspective. The book is done and will be released in Jan 2013. They become so excited about that book that they decided to write a second book giving teenagers simple survival tips. Initially they wanted to come up with one hundred tips. The more they talked about the “tips” book the more other people wanted to become involved. Kelly came up with the idea of creating “1000 Tips for Teenagers” book after seeing the massive flood of tips from friends and family.
They decided to focus on the tips book and create a whole program geared towards helping teens survive the difficult years. Along with that they wanted to help parents as well. Kelly and Martin have teens so they both know how turbulent those years can be. Their goal is simple. They believe teens are tuning out on the anti-bullying message and want to help parents and teens maintain a high level of self-esteem. Kids with healthy and positive self-images have the tools to stand up for themselves and for those who can’t stand up themselves. No longer will teenagers feel alone and misunderstood.
The book “1000 Tips for Teenagers” will be available on amazon.com on Nov 20th, National Child’s Day.
Want a better relationship with your teen?
Here’s an idea
Buy a copy of the book for them and a copy for you
then share each others thoughts on the 1000 tips offered.
Places to visit “1000 Tips for Teenagers“ Website, Facebook, Twitter