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TGIM says “Y.E.P.” to President Trump’s proposed 2018 Budget

No one wants to think that their tax money is being “wasted” through inefficient programs and bloated government agencies.  Making the government “efficient” sounds like a noble goal. Creating a new generation of jobless youth with fewer resources to learn marketable skills is the true result of the current proposed budget.  As reported by the Atlantic “The 2018 budget details around $500 million in cuts for the department (of Labor), which likely means that programs for disadvantaged workers, including seniors, youths, and those with disabilities, would be reduced or completely eliminated. The Senior Community Service Employment Program, training grants at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and technical-assistance grants at the Office of Disability Employment Policy would all disappear. Job-training centers for disadvantaged children would be shuttered and funding for more general job-training and employment services would move from the federal budget to states.”

In addition, the new budget also cuts after school programs that could prevent youth from falling through the gaps in the first place.  This means that even more youth impacted by poverty are less likely to change their outcomes without small businesses stepping forward with targeted efforts to impact the Youth Unemployment Rate.  This is one of the key reasons that TGIM Digital Publishing is working to launch Y.E.P. as a component to our Affiliates Program.

Our Presentation

When you think about the dire economic and social picture facing youth around the world today, it’s clear that we need to do better.  Around the globe, communities face government corruption, lack social services, and have growing unemployment issues in their youth populations.  Some communities are further devastated by natural disasters, and civil wars.  Impacting youth and creating change will require out of the box solutions. We need For-Profit companies that have the heart to create change, and that are willing to accept a mission that provides what our society needs.  We need companies who know that helping our youth is just as important as profits.  We need companies that are willing to focus on our society as humans, not just consumers. Companies that have a mission, that have a heart, and that produce results …like us. Call us at: 682.235.TGIM (8446) for more information and to discuss ROI.

Bullying: Are you wearing your emotional armor?

Chances are, you have been or know someone who is being bullied. TGIM Digital Publishing is collecting stories about bullying for the next release in The Bully Diaries Series.  Our first release contains story after story of the emotional impacts of bullying.  Stories submitted by adults prove that bullying leaves lasting emotional scars. Stories submitted by youth experiencing bullying right now prove that we need education and programs to help them deal with their situation.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 50% of children are bullied and l0% are victims of bullying on a regular basis. A number of children and adolescents have reported that they suffered side effects of bullying – a drop in grades, an increase in anxiety, a loss of social life.  By far the toughest scars are the emotional ones. While not all bullying involves actual physical impacts, if you have been bullied you know the emotional impact it causes.

We want to equip our kids with some emotional armor against bullying.  Emotional armor helps deflect the impact of bullying, and then helps resolve the bullying by denying the bully the control they want over their victims.  We want everyone to share these tips with every child they know, so that they can build their emotional armor and lessen the wounds inflicted by the bullies that they will encounter.  The key to emotional armor is that you must wear it constantly.  Like physical armor could only protect the knight wearing it, emotional armor is only good when you use it.  While it may feel clunky at first, the more you “wear” your emotional armor, the more comfortable it becomes. Here are some key pieces of emotional armor:

Know Who to Blame

The bullied often feel that they have done something to “deserve” being bullied.  Most bullies are trying to make themselves feel more important. When they pick on someone else, it can make them feel big and powerful.  Reinforce the sense of self-worth for the youth that you interact with.  Let them know that they are unique and special, and that they don’t deserve to be in a situation where they are fearful or being hurt by another child, NO MATTER WHAT!

Stand Tall

Bullies pick on those that give the desired response of fear or capitulation.  Make sure children know that how they carry themselves physically can stop a bully before they even start.  Standing up straight, looking the bully in the eye, and not being afraid to expose the bullying to an adult are all ways that youth can show confidence that will help deflect bullying.  When you stand confident and strong, you feel confident and strong.

Control the Anger

It’s natural to get upset by the bully, but that’s what bullies thrive on. It makes them feel more powerful. Encourage kids to not react by crying or looking red or upset. It takes a lot of practice, but it’s a useful skill for keeping off of a bully’s radar. Sometimes kids find it useful to practice “cool down” strategies such as counting to 10, writing down their angry words, taking deep breaths, or walking away. Sometimes the best thing to do is to teach kids to wear a “poker face” until they are clear of any danger (smiling or laughing may provoke the bully).

Write About It!

We know through our experience in Writing for the  Soul Workshop™ that getting what is on the inside out is the first step to helps us handle emotions.  So many victims of bullying hide their experiences.  Encouraging a journal or a diary helps kids get their feelings out, even when they don’t have the confidence to tell an adult what is going on.  The more they express themselves on paper, the more confidence they will have in expressing their feelings to adults that can help address the problem.  Writing is the foundry of emotional armor, the more we express what we are feeling, the better equipped we are to handle it.

Share your Story

No one likes to feel alone.  Through sharing your story, victims of bullying understand that they are not alone, and that they can thrive and survive in circumstances that are painful.  Use the Contact Form below to share your story for publishing in #TheBullyDiaries Project next release, and we’ll give you an eBook of The Bully Diaries absolutely free!

About The Bully Diaries:

Chances are that you experienced bullying in your life. Whether your experience was as a victim, a bystander or the bully, if you search your memories, you will probably find instances when bullying was a part of your life. For many of us, these experiences have defined us and shaped us. Our experiences made us stronger, and helped us become who we are today.

When you are being bullied, it is hard to think about much more than getting through today. For others, there is no today. Their experience being bullied was too overwhelming, and drove them to a devastating and permanent solution to the temporary pain.

Through a community partnership with Stand for the Silent, Writing for the Soul Workshop collected stories, letters and poems from youth, teens and adults from around the world. These stories are pieces of lives impacted by bullying; written to show everyone affected by bullying that you are not alone, that you can survive the experience, that you are somebody.

A portion of the proceeds from the book sales of this edition goes to support Stand for the Silent. 

the-bully-diaries-cover-300dpi Details:

eBook: $11.99
Soft Cover: $16.99
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Color: Black & White on White paper
Page Count: 202 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1539125297
ISBN-10: 1539125297
BISAC: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Literary
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Purchase a copy of the book or download the eBook and enjoy it from your favorite device today! Stay connected with updates about The Bully Diaries on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheBullyDiariesOfficialPage

Guidelines for Sharing Your Story

We are accepting short stories, art and poetry. Please do not submit manuscripts that contain any of the following: obscene or explicit material, unnecessary profanity, vulgarity, or inappropriate or graphic love scenes. Any material considered for publication that is found to be graphic  will require a mandatory edit of the material and may result in a rejection of the material.

Please note that we do not publish graphic material. Therefore, you may be asked to remove graphic material or language.

Again, submitting your story is easy! Simply use the Contact Form below, or send your story to us via email at: submissions@tgimonline.us.  Everyone who submits their story will receive a complimentary eBook of The Bully Diaries for participating.  Once your story is received and accepted for publishing, we’ll email you a Consent Form. All ages welcome to participate regardless of ability. Minors must get parent’s permission to participate.

 

Why not a .com?

When you clicked on this title, perhaps you were expecting some enlightening research on web domains, and whether or not your business web domain will impact your site traffic.  While this blog might not contain that information, rest assured that what you are about to read definitely impacts you!

The education system in the United States has roots to the colonial times, when education was targeted for white male land owners, and focused on preparation to better understand religious doctrine.  By the early 1900’s this focus shifted with the Progressive era, and our educational system was seen by government and urban leaders as a way to prepare individuals for blue-collar work in factories.  This focus has remained, one of the reasons our school curriculum is primarily focused in math, science and technology.

If you are a business owner, right about now you are wondering why this information impacts you… well, if you employee anyone other than your self, or your customer base includes anyone under 80, keep reading…

Our economy in 2017 looks very different from the one 50 years ago.  As our nation has moved from an industrial economy to an information economy, our expectations of our school systems really haven’t changed. We still expect that individuals with a High School Diploma or GED will have the requisite skills needed to be successful at most entry-level jobs. The problem with this expectation is that those entry-level jobs have changed drastically over the last 2 decades, and our current education system doesn’t really prepare students for their future in the job market.  As The Fiscal Times recently put it “nearly three-quarters of hiring managers complain that millennials – even those with college degrees – aren’t prepared for the job market and lack an adequate ‘work ethic.'”

This means that as students navigate an education system that focuses on standardized test scores instead of what happens in today’s job market, we will continue to face a dearth of individuals that are prepared to work, improve, and earn salaries that will help continue to drive our economy.  That is where the importance of “.us” comes in… if we want a future work force that is prepared for our current economy, it will take a village to drive the changes we need to ensure this preparation.

According to Mother Jones magazine, most students will take 113 standardized tests in the school life.  In Texas this means that more than 50% of high school graduates would have FAILED the writing portion of their standardized tests.  With more and more jobs that require customer service and sales skills, the ability for individuals to clearly communicate with others is of utmost importance.  We have to do better in preparing todays children in reading and WRITING.

As part of this focus, TGIM Digital Publishing is offering Writing for the Soul Workshop™ as a way for students to increase their scores in Writing on standardized tests like the STAAR test administered here in Texas.  An overwhelming number of students, even in high school, struggle with Essay writing, a component that represents 26% of an individuals test scores.

This program is proven as a viable option to increase a students writing ability, and has shown to help improve educational outcomes, and Essay scores on standardized test.  Currently, TGIM offers these workshops to schools at no charge to students.  Participants not only receive tutoring, but important skills in customer service and sales through participation in this program.  As a business owner this means a better prepared future workforce.  A better prepared workforce means better wages and more money in the economy, which is a win for all of us.

indiegogo-buttonAs anyone knows, offering services like this does have a cost, even when it isn’t passed on to participants.  We need your help to ensure that students here in Texas and around the world maintain access to Writing for the Soul Workshop™, and all of the wow factors available. Your contribution today helps to ensure youth in your community continue to access a program that offers better educational outcomes than school alone.  As the Will Stegerson foundation reminds us,  “In order to reach a kid, you’ve got the meet them where they are. And if you can meet them where they are, then you can take them somewhere else.”  Help www.tgimonline.US take our next generation of students to places that our .com can’t. Back our INDIEGOGO campaign today.

 

Meet Our New Publisher: Renée Walker

TGIM Digital Publishing is happy to welcome the newest member of our team, Renée Walker! Renée joins the TGIM Digital Publishing family as our Publisher.  She brings to TGIM, a thorough understanding of technology, writing and editing. Her day-to-day responsibilities include liaising with our writers and book lovers, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with large retailers (such as Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon). Renée has already began the on boarding process to begin editorial work for titles currently in production. On average, her position is roughly 40% working with publishers/retailers, 35% marketing, and 25% editorial and client care (though that will vary throughout the year as demands change).

Renée has written and directed more than 10 stage plays. She recognizes the talent in young people and allowed them to showcase their talents in her first stage play, “Somebody Stole Christmas.” She is currently writing a novel based on her favorite series of plays, “A Blessing in a Storm”, “The Gift” and “Save by Grace.”

She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2016. Ms. Walker received an outstanding writer award from the local chapter of the NAACP in 2013. While participating in the Jubilee Theatre Festival “From the Page to the Stage,” her play ranked third in 2012. Ms. Walker was also an honoree at the African-American Honors Banquet in 2012. Not only is she an inspirational playwright; she also has a passion for technology and editing. Walker is a 20-year veteran in technology and customer service.

Renée stepped comfortably into her new position as publisher, and immediately contributed innovative ideas to help market, promote, and publish our authors in new and innovative ways, particularly given the changing digital landscape. She’s a big thinker who is also able to execute and keep an eye on the details. As her predecessor, I personally love this about her and it is a tremendous asset as a new member of our TGIM family.

Stepping down as publisher has given me the time and freedom I need as CEO and Program Developer of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ to fully engage and follow through on the duties required as such. As CEO of TGIM Digital Publishing, I put an emphasis on self-sufficient, forward-looking, entrepreneurial employees, who can work on their own without much supervision while also working seamlessly as a group. Our culture is collaborative, relaxed, yet professional.

This is an exciting time for us, as we work to expand our staff, and support our growing global customer base.  Recently, we filled the position of Community Coordinator in TGIM Africa. We are currently looking to fill positions for a Business Development Manager, and Community Coordinators here in the US and Australia. TGIM is a mobile brand, so you can set your own hours, and can work from the comfort of home.  These positions are perfect for college students, and stay-at-home care givers.

Renée was seeking something no amount of money, or milestone was able to fill. She found it here at TGIM. Is that you too?  Then do something different …do something amazing. Email us and request more information about the job opportunities we have available. Send your email to info@tgimonline.us or call us toll-free at: 855.377.TGIM. –Eric L. Jones, Sr., TGIM CEO

Meet Our Quality Assurance Manager: Gedalyah Yasharahla

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” Aristotle

When most business leaders think of Quality Assurance, they think of things like product testing, or unscheduled inspections.  In today’s new information economy, quality assurance is so much more.  When a program impacts the lives of our most precious resources, our children, it becomes imperative to have an uncompromising commitment to the quality of our program.

At TGIM, we believe that meeting the rigorous guidelines of our program is a non negotiable element.  We strive to ensure that everyone involved in our programs receives the same amazing experience, regardless of whether they access the program from their homes, their schools, or their community centers, whether in the US or abroad.  We have proven processes that deliver amazing results, when followed correctly.

The importance of the quality of our programming is a key reason that TGIM Digital Publishing created the role of Quality Assurance Manager.  Our program requires high standards, and ensuring these standards are met at every level is a cornerstone of our brand integrity.  As our Quality Assurance Manager, Gedalyah oversees all areas of company operations, assumes responsibility for company’s success and achievement of financial goals. He is also responsible for driving sales and business through development.

This is an exciting time for us, as we work to expand our staff, and support our growing global customer base.  Recently, we filled the position of Community Coordinator in TGIM Africa. We are currently looking to fill positions for a Business Development Manager, and Community Coordinators here in the US and Australia. TGIM is a mobile brand, so you can set your own hours, and can work from the comfort of home.  These positions are perfect for college students, and stay-at-home care givers.

Gedalyah was seeking something that no amount of money, or milestone was able to fill. He found it here at TGIM. Is that you too?  Then do something different …do something amazing. Email us and request more information about the job opportunities we have available. Send your email to info@tgimonline.us or call us toll-free at: 855.377.TGIM. –Eric L. Jones, Sr., TGIM CEO

Meet Our Director of People Operations: Michelle Bailey

People Operations is a department that is all about supporting the people who work for and with TGIM Digital Publishing.   While some companies use this description as a replacement for Human Resources, People Operations is much more than a “traditional” HR department. Of course, TGIM Digital Publishing is far from a traditional company; we are a completely distributed company with core and network team members located all over the world. Our People Operations department is focused on how our organization deals with all of the key components of our network, from our direct employees, to our Program Providers, Community Coordinators, Community Partners, Participants, and Affiliates.

As our Director of People Operations, Michelle will continue to expand our support structure that encourages our core values. We take an all-hands-on-deck approach to our work, taking pride in being collaborative, creative, and flexible while maintaining an environment that is supportive and nurturing.  Michelle comes to the role with over 17 years of leadership, management, training and operations experience in BPO.  Michelle has worked with numerous Fortune 500 and 100 companies as a leader dedicated to excellence in service and support.  Michelle previously served as Director of Operations at NCO Group (now Alorica) after serving as a Training and Quality Manager and Project Operations Manager.  Michelle is also a consultant with exceptional experience in leadership, management and employee development with a focus on the creation and support of strong, high functioning teams as founder and CEO of Simply Meechi.

Michelle brings a true passion for helping the youth of today overcome daunting odds through personal empowerment and belief that your current circumstances don’t predict your future results.  This is an exciting time for us, as we work to expand our staff, and support our growing global customer base.  Recently, we filled the position of Community Coordinator in TGIM Africa. We are currently looking to fill positions for a Business Development Manager, and Community Coordinators here in the US and Australia. TGIM is a mobile brand, so you can set your own hours, and can work from the comfort of home.  These positions are perfect for college students, and stay-at-home care givers.

Michelle was seeking something that no amount of money, or milestone was able to fill. She found it here at TGIM. Is that you too?  Then do something different …do something amazing. Email us and request more information about the job opportunities we have available. Send your email to info@tgimonline.us or call us toll-free at: 855.377.TGIM. –Eric L. Jones, Sr., TGIM CEO