Archive for August, 2011

Back to the class room on Monday everyone!

August 26, 2011

   

Hello everyone.  I hope that everybody is having an outstanding Friday.  Isn’t it funny how fast the Summer months fly by?  As of  Monday August 29th, I’ll be checking back into my class room. 

As I reflect on this Summer break, I can honestly say that I was afforded awesome opportunities to both mentor Detroit’s youth, and promote my book series.   The cover for my third book titled The Misfits, is in the process of being created.  I am really looking forward to seeing how it turns out.  

Attending various networking seminars and social events,  I had the opportunity to  meet some new interesting people.  I spent a lot of time with my friends and had the opportunity to visit my family.  The Summer of 2011 has been great to me.

Effective September 6th 2011,  I will be formally introduced to my sixth grade classes.  As an ELA instructor I will instruct all  males in the morning and females in the afternoon.  I will post a status update informing every one of my first day of school with my youngsters.   To all the teachers going back to work, I wish you a successful school year.

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It’s so hard to say goodbye.

August 18, 2011

Hello everyone.  It’s Adra Young your favorite tweens, and teens author wishing everyone a fantastic Thursday.  Yesterday was a very difficult day for me.   After six weeks of working with some of the most amazing kids in Detroit, my socialization skills program came to an end for the summer of 2011.

Each week we usually cover a social dynamic barrier and address it. Due to it being the last session of the summer, the agenda was changed for the day.  My special invited guest, and business partner authoress Tracie E. Christian  conducted her highly recommended workshop titled, “Say It Loud I’m Black College Proud.”  The youngsters absolutely enjoyed  and welcomed the knowledge being provided.

After the workshop we ended the six-week socialization skills program with our unity circle and said our goodbyes.   I will never forget this group of youngsters I served this summer.  They are going to do amazing things in their lives now as well as in the future.

As a Michigan Teacher I’m Proud That the State of Michigan is Working on a Anti-Bullying Law

August 14, 2011

Hello everyone.  It’s your favorite tween, teen, and young adult author wishing everyone a terrific Sunday.  As you all know, my third book The Misfits is scheduled to be released in via e-book version September  of 2011.   The Misfits is a fictional read based upon a group of middle school youngsters facing and enduring challenges with bullying.

I asked myself today as a Michigan educator, what is this state as  a whole doing to remedy this terrible issue?  Are adaptations going to take place?   Will a certain policy be put into place for individual youngsters that partake in bullying?   What about parents, who are aware and know that their children are bullies and do nothing about it?   How will they be held accountable?

To tell you all the truth, I wish I had the answers to all the questions mentioned above but I don’t.   One thing I am sure of is that Michigan as a whole is currently working on a Anti-Bullying Law.  Click on the link below to see how the progress that is being made.

http://www.mlive.com/education/index.ssf/2011/05/school_bullying_law_debate_rek.html

One Amazing Time With Gail Perry Mason’s Young Adults At Wayne Community College In Detroit

August 13, 2011

As we are headed towards the end the summer here in Detroit,  I find myself being  blessed and afforded amazing opportunities to speak with the youth.  Several weeks ago, I was asked by  Gail Perry-Mason author of  Girl Make Your Money Grow to speak with her group of teens, and young adults.  When I got the call, I couldn’t believe it!   And as you can see for the picture above I gladly accepted.

For a solid week, these youngsters attended Wayne Community College under her supervision.  Her mission was to see that each student received  knowledge and resourceful tips on financial literacy.   Yesterday my presentation was based upon the Bill Gates Theory in regards to young adult expectations after the completion of  college.  Lucky enough for me they enjoyed  it and asked me to come back again the next day.   Although my stay for today was relatively short, the kids through their actions let me know they were happy  to see me once again.  Needless to say,  I would be honored to present at Gail Perry-Mason’s money camp for Detroit’s youth anytime.  Mrs Perry-Mason really cares about the well-being of  the kids of  Detroit.

Teens and Young Adults Address Both Disappointments in Life and Happy Moments

August 11, 2011

Hello everyone.  Is it just me or has the summer passed us all by too entirely fast.  This week at the Detroit Impact Center, I had the opportunity to talk to my young people  about how they deal with disappointing situations in their life.  Several of the scenarios came directly from my first book  The Everyday Living of  Children  and Teens Monologues.

Turns out my group of youngsters had a major disappointing factor in common.  Over seventy-five percent of the  group had belongings that were stolen from them.   These items were just not regular material things or objects.   Most of the items were passed on by loved ones who were deceased.  I asked the group how they dealt with items of sentimental value being taken from them.  One student stated that they were aware of who had stolen their belongings and simply refuse to have anymore dealings with that person.   Another student stated that they had addressed the matter in a confrontational way.  Lastly, one of my pupils indicated that the best way to get over a disappointing occurrence was to simply let it go and move on.  Being their age once upon a time in my life, I could honestly relate to every response provided.

Our next topic of conversation was based upon Happy Moments.  As everyone may know by now, I am the proud new aunt of identical  twin nephews.  I explained to my group that the birth of the twins and  working with them every Wednesday were two of my happier moments of the summer.     Some of  the happier moments in life for my students were spending time with their smaller siblings.  One of my female youngsters said one of the happiest days of her life was seeing her father after four years.  My favorite response came from one of my male students.  He said the happiest day of his life was seeing his little girl being born two months ago.

Reading & Rhythm on the RiverFront in Detroit

August 8, 2011

 

Yesterday was one amazing day in Detroit, Michigan.  I had an opportunity to be a featured author at the Reading & Rhythm on the  River Front in Detroit Michigan.  I honestly thought that the parents and the kiddies would not show due to rain.  Not only did they show. The children showed out!

They got a chance to stand on the stage and act as rock stars.  It’s amazing to see how the children ranging from the ages three to five are simply fearless when it comes to performing in front of crowds.  Oh what a great time I had simply watching them.

Tonya Allen of the Skillman Foundation read first and I came right after reading one of my favorite child hood classics titled Green Eggs and Ham.  By the end of the story just about every kid in the audience chanted in unison “Sam I Am.”   Serving as a featured author for the 2011 Reading on the RiverFront series was one of the highlights of my summer.

 

I Promised to Keep Everyone Posted With the 2011 Socialization Skills Program at the Detroit Impact Center

August 5, 2011

Greetings everyone,

For the record, I would like everyone to know that my first session with my young adults at the Detroit Impact Center was July 13th.  That session consisted of six young ladies and our topic of conversation was simply coping with abandonment issues.  Let me just say that this session resulted to the young ladies releasing a lot of emotional baggage.  By the end of this session, everyone felt a sense of relief.  There was more information that I wanted to provide indepth however, due to being tired, I touched the wrong button on this word press site which resulted to me deleting the entire blog on session one. 

Our most recent session took place on August 3, 2011.  To my surprise, two young men had joined our group of six young ladies.   Our social dynamic for this week pertained to coping with grief.  Once again, I am happy to announce that the young men partook in the dialogue.  Each young adult shared their own personal experiences in relation to dealing with grief.  Unfortunately, everyone had lost a loved one in either a violent situation or tragic incident.  

We talked about some appropriate ways of dealing with grief.  One student mentioned that she danced her sadness away. One of my male students confidently stated that acceptance help him get passed the pain of losing his brother and knowing now that he’s in a better place due to drowning.  By the end of this session, what every student seemed to agree on was that grieving is okay and normal for anyone just as long as it does not become too excessive.