If you are wondering what can happen when teens find their voice and claim their power, watch this story clip with student authors from Scriber Lake High School, an alternative high school in Edmonds, Washington. Then read their new book: We Are Absolutely Not Okay: Fourteen Stories by Teenagers Who Are Picking Up the Pieces — available as both an eBook and paperback on Amazon. All proceeds go to fund future writing/publishing programs at Scriber Lake High School.
It’s hard for me to put into words how inspired I am by these students. They have dealt with the kind of heartache and tragedy that most of us can’t even fathom. They’ve experienced gang life and drug addiction, and had lost loved ones to prison. They’ve battled depression and self harm. Some have been abused and neglected by those who were supposed to protect them.
But rather than being angry and hardened, they have reclaimed their power by finding their voice, writing their stories and sharing them with the world. Now they are committed to using their personal experiences to help other teens know that they are not alone and that they have the power within themselves to make life better.
The book, which launched officially at a huge student book signing event on June 6th, is already connecting with teens and making a difference in their lives. And I know this is only the beginning of the amazing journey for these student authors. I am honored to have been involved with this amazing project.