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.

The Youth Employment Program will offer jobs to youth registered in our Affiliates Program to work part-time after school in call centers promoting books writing by Writing for the Soul Workshop™. Y.E.P. will employ youth and equip them with important workplace skills in sales and customer service.  This is one more way that TGIM is creating tomorrows entrepreneurs today. In order to create this impact TGIM is looking for a small capital infusion of $7,000 to launch our first Call Center in Fort Worth, Texas. In return for your investment, TGIM will return $7,000.00 plus 15% for a total return of $8,050.00 in 18 months from the day of investment.

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 for more information at: 682.235.TGIM (8446)

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Legacy

“When I was a child, I use to sit on the floor at my grandmother’s feet while she told me stories of her life. She told me to never forget, but I only remember a few. She expressed how she had to defend herself because she was small. Through that story I learn that I must use more than my fist; use my head instead. I sometimes wish I could remember more of those stories.” –Renée Walker, TGIM Publisher

Do you have stories and life lessons to leave to your loved ones? What if there was a way to leave “Timeless Memories” for your family?

For the first time in the history of our company, we are in position to impact four generations through our writing program. See, we’ve adapted our curricula to include Great Grandparents and Grandparents. We call it: Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Legacy. This workshop allows seniors to leave a footprint of their history to this generation by submitting their stories during our writing program in Waco, Texas. Their stories will be published in ‘Timeless Memories: Our Legacy for Your Generation’.  The book is set for release Fall 2017. Listen to what a couple of excited writers are saying about our Legacy Program:

What’s your story?

We all have a story to tell. Let us help you tell yours. All ages are welcome to participate. You can share your story in memory of a loved one. Who knows …your story just may impact someone else’s life. Submit your short story, poem, music, and art to be included in our project for inclusion in the release of: ‘Timeless Memories: Our Legacy for Your Generation’.

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.

Submitting your story is easy! Simply use the Contact Form below, or send your story to our publisher via email at: submissions@tgimonline.us.  Everyone who submits their story will receive a complimentary Pieces of Me Anniversary Edition eBook for participating.

 

 

Hispanic Youth: Reversing the Damage of Adverse Experiences

Image result for children in traumatic circumstancesCan you imagine what it would be like to grow up in an area of armed conflict?  How it might feel as a child to deal with a constant threat of death, the stress of being surrounded by violence and loss?

What if I told you that almost one in four children in the United States today are in home situations just that stressful? That almost 50% of our children will experience at least one adverse childhood experience that impacts their ability to learn?  Children that have these experiences have higher risks of long-term diseases, such as diabetes, depression, asthma and high blood pressure due to the impacts of stress hormones on developing bodies.  It isn’t hard to understand that children in a constant stressful situation have higher rates of discipline issues, and are more likely to be diagnosed with ADD and ADHD or Oppositional Defiance Disorder.  To top it all off, the disciplinary systems in today’s schools will then re-traumatize the same child dealing with the behavioral issues spawned by the uncontrollable environment.

While these numbers are dire, Hispanic children in the United States are 38% more download-1likely to experience these adverse circumstances, according to a 2016 study in The American Journal of Preventative Medicine, when you add in the fact that more than 17.9 MILLION Hispanics are under the age of 18, this is a group that needs additional focus now to reduce the long-term impacts of trauma.

According to the last census data, Hispanics are the fastest growing group in the United States, and in Texas.  TGIM Digital Publishing understands how a Trauma Informed approach is imperative; this is why we are focusing our outreach efforts in Hispanic populations, ensuring a unique support approach to begin healing and empowering the next generation of Hispanic youth, through Writing for the Soul Workshop™.

Launch Our Workshop in Your Community

Many of the stories we collect through the workshop are written in Spanish, and we’re working to offer Writing for the Soul Workshop™ in Spanish, creating a multi-lingual support and mentoring system to support this population of at risk youth. 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. Offering our program in Spanish helps to ensure youth in your community continue to access a program that offers better educational outcomes than school alone.  Through our Trauma Informed Approach, these youth will have access to the tools they need to reverse the damage of their adverse experiences and empower them to achieve the outcomes they dream of. Click here for more information on Writing for the Soul Workshop™, or use the Contact Form below to schedule a phone call to discuss implementing our program to your community.

 

Are you using a trauma informed approach?

In our current school system, almost 50% of all children have experienced at least one ACE or Adverse Childhood Experience.  These include things like having a parent that is dependent on drugs or alcohol, abuse, neglect, and a dangerous environment.  Although these may sound like things only experienced in an urban, or high poverty area, the statistics are alarmingly clear.

Dr. Christina Bethell, Director of the National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center states,  “If more prevention, trauma-healing and resiliency training programs aren’t provided for children who have experienced trauma, and if our educational, juvenile justice, mental health and medical systems are not changed to stop traumatizing already traumatized children, many of the nation’s children are likely to suffer chronic disease and mental illness. Not only will their lives be difficult, but the nation’s already high health care costs will soar even higher.”

With the increase in school violence, many schools adopted a “zero tolerance” approach, which created an environment that actually increases the likelihood of issues, and creates further damage to already traumatized youth.  This is not a “feel good” approach, as science can now quantify that children exposed to the constant stress of an adverse environment.   Meg Walkley, MSW and Tory L,. Cox, LCSW / PPS, discuss the effects of trauma on the development of children and adolescents, stating “Trauma exposed youth are often hyper-vigilant, making it easy for them to become overwhelmed and undermining their capacity for self-regulation and anger management.” Often times, this leads to children being misdiagnosed with things like ADD, ADHD and Oppositional Defiance Disorder. This leads to medications that simply address symptoms, and not the root cause.

Our Trauma Informed Approach

Creating a trauma informed approach starts with changing the dialogue around behavioral issues.  Instead of asking the question, “What’s wrong with him/her?” the real question is “what happened to him/her?” This is where Writing for the Soul Workshop™ emerges as a viable component for organizations and schools to help better work with trauma impacted youth.  As a writing as therapy program, our workshop goes a step further than simply understanding what is driving behavior, we are able to promote a safe environment needed for healing, plus give at risk youth something no other program can… empowerment.  This is a key in truly changing outcomes for trauma impacted youth.  Instead of the constant stress of a “fight or flight” environment, our participants have the potential for financial independence not present in other programs.  This means better emotional outcomes, and better overall outcomes as well.  Teachers can better understand how traditional disciplinary approaches are seen as combative to trauma impacted youth, creating a vicious cycle that ultimately leads to youth dropping out of school, or getting into legal trouble, or both.

In schools that have already adopted a trauma informed approach, the results have been amazing.  Arnone Elementary, for example, which has 826 students from kindergarten through 5th grade, 86 percent of which are minorities, has seen a 40 percent drop in suspensions after implementing a trauma informed approach. When Lincoln High School  implemented a trauma-informed approach, suspensions dropped by 83 percent and expulsions dropped by 40 percent in the year following implementation.

An estimated two in three children are exposed to traumatic experiences that have the potential to impact brain development, social functioning, and ability to learn and engage in school. Recognizing and addressing this issue must become a focus for our educational system. Trauma-informed approaches, which have been supported by research evidence in fields such as mental health and child welfare, recognize and address the implications of traumatic experiences for students. Trauma has the potential to affect all students, and implementing a trauma-informed approach is imperative to change this cycle.  Test drive our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program to see  if it would be a viable component to what your school or organization already has in place. Call us at: (888) 682.TGIM (8446) Ext. 700 to schedule a free consultation today.

 

 

 

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.

 

Our Young Participants Earn Real Money!

“The interesting thing is: if you do it for love, the money comes anyway” – Richard St. John

Our Affiliates Program is a great way for you to earn money by selling stories that you submit to our Writing for the Soul Workshop™. We provide you with five-star support to help you every step of the way. Ages 7 & up!

You are our future business leaders and innovators, so we know the importance of helping you to increase your Social Media and sales skills.  Our Affiliates program will help you learn important skills you will use for  a lifetime.

As an Affiliate, you have an opportunity to earn great commissions, while supporting Writing for the Soul Workshop™ and our programs, all at NO COST TO YOU!

How do I do it?

Your earning potential is unlimited with our Affiliates program, and we offer tools and resources to help you. Get started earning in 3 easy steps:

Step 1.    Use the Contact Form below to submit a story. You’ve got amazing writing inside of you. Uncover it! Discover it! You have permission to explore, fail and soar to writing abilities you never thought you had! Don’t worry about mistakes!

Step 2.   Next, click on the link to complete the Consent Form for TGIM to publish your story, and to join Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Online. Here is the link: https://goo.gl/forms/VBDCozvqCNsLZirt2

Step 3.    Make money promoting your story from your favorite device!

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D’Vyne(center) autographs copies of The Bully Diaries 1st Edition at Barnes & Noble on the Plaza in Kansas City.

Here is D’Vyne’s story:

One day I was at school. I was playing with my friend. There was a girl who bullied me. She pushed me. My friend had my back. She helped me. The next day, we was outside playing. The girl who bullied me pushed my friend. I helped my friend up, and we went to tell the teacher. Our bully got in trouble, but kept bullying us until the end of the day.

I did the right thing by telling. I thought she would bully us the next day, but she didn’t. Now I know that telling on a bully is the right thing to do. -D’Vyne Allen, The Bully Diaries

Just like D’Vyne, you will earn $3 every time someone downloads one of our eBooks from the blog we’ll create for you. We will help you every step of the way to:

  • Promote and share your story on Facebook and through other Social Media
  • Communicate with your potential customers via social networking, e-mail, blogs, and customer forums to promote your story
  • Get paid monthly (balance must exceed $5 at the time of processing or it’s held until the next payment cycle)

Once your story is submitted, you will receive detailed training and customized marketing blurbs, making online sales for you EASY! This video of one of the most powerful tools we’ve created to help you with sales. Check it out:

Guidelines for Sharing Your Story

Please do not submit stories 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. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SHARE YOUR STORY TO EARN MONEY AS AN AFFILIATE WITH US. In the ‘Your Story’ box below type: “I do not want to share my story.” Simply join our program and promote the stories submitted by members of our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program.

Want to start earning money? Use the 3 easy steps above to get started today! All ages welcome to participate regardless of ability. Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!