While working with teens, one thing I’ve learned is that no matter their differences, they all go through so much in life. Some more than others. That’s why I’m preparing to give away Stories of Hope to 10,000 teens living in the top 10 deadliest cities in America this summer. My name is Eric, and I am the creator of Writing for the Soul Workshop™.
Stories of Hope was written by teens who accessed my Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program in cities around the US. Like the caterpillar whose cathartic change becomes the most beautiful of butterflies, Stories of Hope will leave the teens that read it inspired and changed, like their peers that penned the book.
To tour all 10 cities in 5 weeks, I will need the following in funding:
$31,400 Books, Bookmarks and Fliers
$2,200 Van Rental
$2,700 Food & Lodging for 5 weeks
Total: $37,200 ($3.72 sponsors 1 teen)
To help me meet my goal, I’ve created a GoFundMe page. Will you be a part of the Writing for the Soul process? For your donation of any amount, I’ll send you a free Stories of Hope eBook. I’ll also send you updates while on tour. My first stop will be Memphis, TN beginning on July 9, 2018. I need initial funding in the amount of $3,700 by June 18, 2018 to meet this goal. If I do not meet my goal for each city, I will simply give away as many books to teens as funding allows. If my efforts only impact the life of one teen, then my campaign is a success.
2018 Summer of Hope Book Tour FAQ’s
Who are you and why are you qualified to do what you do?
Eric is CEO of TGIM Digital Publishing and founder of Writing for the Soul Workshop™. He has successfully completed Texas Department of Criminal Justice Substance Abuse Treatment Program, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training, Texas Department of State Health Services Peer Recovery Coach Training and Turning Points Parenting Curriculum by Caring for Kids of The Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center.
What is Writing for the Soul Workshop™?
Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is not your average writing program. Our focus is not academics, yet students who access our program begin to do better academically. When engaged, the writing program becomes a safe haven for writers to identify what they’re feeling on the inside, and to write about why they feel that way. Misspelled words and all.
Why do this, and how will it impact teens who receive a copy of the book?
Why the heck should people give you money for this?
What will happen when you reach your goal of $37,200?
After reaching our goal, our first stop will be at the Foote Homes housing projects in Memphis, TN on July 9, 2018.
2. St. Louis 7/16/2018 – 7/20/2018 Ranked #1
3. Kansas City 7/23/2018 – 7/27/2018 Ranked #8
4. Birmingham 7/30/2018 – 8/3/2018 Ranked #3
5. Detroit 8/6/2018 – 8/10/2018 Ranked #2
6. Milwaukee 8/13/2018 – 8/17/2018 Ranked #5
7. Baltimore 8/20/2018 – 8/24/2018 Ranked #6
8. Indianapolis 8/27/2018 – 8/31/2018 Ranked #10
9. Stockton 9/3/2018 – 9/7/2018 Ranked #9
10. Oakland 9/10/2018 – 9/14/2018 Ranked #7
What will you do with the money if you do not reach your goal?
What impact will this have on society?
What testimonials have you had in the past?
“What I liked about this is the writing because I love to write poetry and I always wanted to write a book about my life. I get to express my feelings on paper and someone has the curiosity to read how I feel deep within me. I loved everything about it.” – Aujanae
“I liked the workshop because I got to express what I feel on paper and our work is published and other people’s stories may be similar to my story” – MaKayla
“One of the great things about this Writing for the Soul program is that it gives you control over your emotions. You don’t express those things in unhealthy ways. You do it in healthy and productive ways by writing it all out.” -Dr. Stevie Dawn, Emotional Intelligence Expert
Can I make a Tax deductible donation instead of using GoFundMe?
Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Click the link to make a secure online donation, or mail checks made out to Fractured Atlas to: TGIM Digital Publishing, 1617 Park Place Ave, Suite 110-TGIM, Fort Worth, TX 76110.
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