As developer of Writing for the Soul Workshop™, I offer the program at no cost to youth in my community. This is made possible by the fine staff over at the Mary L. Kelly Center here in Kansas City. That’s how I met Kenya Williams. As part of the staff there at MLK, Kenya was the first person that I pitched my program to. She was excited that Writing for the Soul Workshop™ had made it back to Kansas City, and even more excited that the children that access programming at the Center would be the first to access the program.
Launching the workshop takes lots of planning and coordinating, so I got to know Kenya. Besides that bright smile of hers that lights up any room she enters, there is so much more to her. Besides her service at the center, Kenya is also an entrepreneur. Here’s how our conversation went. After reading this, you’ll know why she joined our Associates Rewards Program.
Eric, as you know I’m currently working as a programmer here at the community center, but a few months ago I found myself searching for a way to increase my income. My search lead me to Primerica. I learned that their mission is to teach people how to get out of debt, save money, send their children to college, obtain proper protection, prepare for retirement and become financially independent. Finally, I’d found something that could help me reach my goals financially WHILE helping others.
I decided to start my own business with Primerica because I wanted to educate my generation about financial principles and how money works. I will never forget the moment I sat my mother down at the kitchen table and talked about retirement investments. At the age of 59, she had no clue about investing her money and how compound interest can work for anyone if it’s at a 9% or higher. This truly bothered me. If she’d started preparing for retirement while she was younger, it would have CHANGED her life -and also the situation she is battling financially right now. Eric, just imagine how differently my mother’s life would have been if someone educated her on how money works.
Did you know you’re suppose to start saving for retirement at the age of 19? At Primerica the lowest you can pay into your investment is $50 a month which is awesome because most companies won’t even talk to you unless you have thousands of dollars. I realized that 95% of people are not on track for retirement or properly protected with the right life insurance. So I promised myself that I would make it my goal to educate that 95% of people -especially The Millennium Generation.
Honestly, Kenya blew me away. I wanted to know all about Primerica for me and my family, and I wanted Kenya to know that her goals in business aligned with our Associates Rewards Program. Building a lasting relationship with the MLK Center allowed me to get to know Kenya Williams the business woman.
When asked what she loved most about offering Primerica to families and individuals, she said “The thing I love most about Primerica is that it caters to ‘middle income’ families.” If you’re like most people, you probably know little about personal finance. Perhaps you think long-term security is impossible on your income. But, the truth is, no matter what your income level, you can achieve financial security. You just have to take the time to learn a few simple principles about how money works. Please use the Contact Form below to receive a free, personalized Primerica Financial Needs Analysis.
Are you seeking something that your business does not give you? Something no a mount of money or milestone has been able to fill? Then do something different …do something amazing.
Through Writing for the Soul Workshop™, we’re not just creating tomorrow’s writers today …we’re creating entrepreneurs. Become an Associate and experience the impact of exposing your brand and products to a new and vibrant sector through the unique and innovative products and services distributed through Writing for the Soul Workshop™ and our Affiliates Program.
This program is amazing! As an entrepreneur in start-up, I really don’t have the time or manpower to market my brand like I know I should. I joined this program to help the kids, but the exposure I’ve gotten from being an associate is phenomenal! I love the way they market the blog that they created for me while I focus on other things. Thank you Writing for the Soul Workshop™! –Kenya Williams, Primerica
The Associates Rewards Program is based on a one time commitment for life, and offers rewards in a tiered structure based on the amount of your contribution. Here is what you get with our most popular package:
*Title Recognition- Recognition as the Title Sponsor of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ in one of our newest eBook releases. Because our books are digital, including a full- color interactive page for you is immediate and easy.
*Television & Radio- Mention on all television and radio appearances.
*Print- Your brand logo inclusion on our posters and flyers.
*Signage- Prominent banner and signage display on-site during book signings and workshops; table tents with brand logo on bars, tables, etc.
*Web- A blog page with banner; hyperlink and/or Contact Form to own company site. Our marketing team promote our Associate blogs weekly. (Click here to see an example.)
*Merchandising- Your Brand logo displayed on promotional merchandise and in gift bags. Merchandise includes 1500 Download Cards of The Bully Diaries eBook that will be distributed to a Boys & Girls Club Unit of your choice. 1500 members will get a copy of this life-saving eBook at NO cost to them in YOUR honor customized with your logo on the back of each card. Bullying has become an epidemic of epic proportions. Almost 1 child per hour for the last 7 years has ended their precious life due to a bully. The Bully Diaries has prevented bullycides here in the US and in Perth, Australia.
Here’s an interview from one of our young authors that took a stand against bullying by sharing her story in The Bully Diaries as part of our #writeforthesilent project with Stand for the Silent. The Bully Diaries along with Stories of Hope are featured during our Summer Tour. Take a look:
Our Associates Program enables us to provide Writing for the Soul Workshop™ youth, and youth with adult responsibilities (YARS) at no cost to them. The funding generated by this program also allows us to identify, train and certify other Program Providers to offer Writing for the Soul Workshop™ to children and families that need it the most, but can’t afford it. Your membership also allows us to do things like provide travel vouchers to our participants and their parents to attend events like our 2015-12016 Book Signing Tour. Associates like you also help us to fund our “No Child Leaves Hungry” Program. We feed every participant at every workshop.
Most all of the participants that join our writing program, do it for the money. You’d be surprised to know that when they first join, the majority of them don’t like to write. Of course they quickly develop a love of writing, but they also learn how to successfully market and promote our programs and books published by Writing for the Soul Workshop™.
Our young Affiliates will market your brand to a more vibrant sector during our book signings, special events and when selling their own stories. Marketing includes a vast global social network, Affiliate’s family & friends as well as in their schools, churches and their communities.
Our Global Community Partnerships give us a Market Segment of over 6 million for The Bully Diaries alone. Expose your Brand to a more vibrant sector today while impacting our your young writers. Act now and save $500 when you become a Title Sponsor. This package retails at $3,999.99. Promotion ends 12/31/15. Enter Coupon Code: mybrand2015 during checkout to save $500 off your Title Sponsor Rewards Package today.
It was sheer circumstance that I stumbled upon these writers, and the book that they wrote is now a powerful addition to my library. I would encourage any out there with an interest in reading to support this program and these youth. The glimpses into the resiliency of the soul just might change your life.” -Benji Tunnell, Joplin Globe
Chances are that you have experienced bullying in your life. Whether your experience was as a victim, a bystander or the bully -if you search your memories, you’ll 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 just getting through today. For others …there is no today. Their experience of being bullied was too overwhelming and it drove them to a devastating and permanent solution to the pain.
Through a community partnership with Stand For The Silent along with our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ programs, we collected stories, art and poems from children & adults around the world. The result was Volume I of The Bully Diaries.
Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is committed to impacting communities in a positive and meaningful way. We know that great programs require funding, which is why we offer fundraising opportunities for all organizations. Unlike many other fundraising opportunities that earn 30-40% profit, our soft cover books offer almost 100% profit, and our eBook download cards offer profits of over 500%. Why do we do it? Our founders vision is to impact a billion lives, and give away a billion dollars …while impacting communities around the world.
#thebullydiaries Project will empower you to:
* Equip the local area youth that you serve in your community with a meaningful way to earn commission. This allows them to buy the things they need, save for college and so much more.
* Create a scholarship fund
* Buy team uniforms or band instruments
* Fund a year book project
* Use the books as an event icebreaker or giveaway
* Fund your programs and operating expenses
What are the benefits of fundraising through Writing for the Soul Workshop™?
* High quality, perfect-bound soft covers to sell.
* Complete access to customized marketing and sales tools in popular formats
* Work with a flexible, responsive team
* Personalized service—let us know your needs, and we will provide help
* Parent letter, order forms, and customizable marketing are included in each fundraising package
* Highly Competitive Profits
* Fast & Friendly Delivery right to your school or group
* Place product links, banners, and other marketing on your website
* Communicate with your potential customers via social networking, e-mail, blogs, and customer forums to promote product sales
Here is a break-down of pricing and profits:
#thebullydiaries Project provides fundraising opportunities for ANYONE, including parents, coaches, teachers, persons with disabilities, mentoring organizations and youth that desperately need to earn extra cash. When you all earn, so does Stand For The Silent. 20% goes to help them continue to end bullying everywhere. So far, they’ve presented their story to over a million children & adults in person. We are committed to working in the trenches to generate as much in book sales as we can to help them.
How do I get started?
Fill out the Contact Form below to begin the process of placing your order as a Fundraiser, express shipping is available. You can also use the Contact Form below to sign up as an Affiliate to earn commission promoting #thebullydiaries Project. If you have questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 816.516.0974.
With the numbers growing, many communities are looking for innovative ways to serve the disabled. Solutions that will allow Individuals with Differential Abilities to continue learning and growing as individuals …without creating and adding to growing budget deficits and over taxed systems.
When I was seven years old I sat on the floor watching the Muppet show on channel eleven. The topic for that day was death. I started crying because I didn’t want to die, and my mother walked in. She said, “Shut up that crying boy everyone dies!” That’s when I knew I want to be control! I didn’t want anybody to tell me what to do or how to do it. So I started learning how people moved, talked, reacted and felt. That allowed me to understand a little bit about the world.
Eight years had passed, and I was 15 years old. I attended Litzsinger School where I ended up only in the fifth grade. I realized that the things I have learned, wasn’t sufficient. I wouldn’t have the knowledge to acquire wealth or a proper education. I wanted to attend another school due to the lack of effort, because my teacher couldn’t teach me by law academically outside of my IEP. The goals set forth weren’t going to help me succeed, and I needed to have a stable skill set outside of working in sheltered workshops.
I did not want to leave my mother my sister and my brother. That was my family. So one day my mother’s refund check came in the mail. She’d said that she was going to buy me a computer so I opened up the letter. I didn’t think anything of it, but she came home and said, “Why did you open up my letter? My response was, “I wanted to”. I don’t know why she got mad or what her line of thought was, but she decided to whip me what a telephone cord. Every time she hit me I got mad. I didn’t move …I didn’t flinch, it was making up my mind that I need to control. So when she got through whipping me, I called my dad and tell him to come get me.
I moved to my fathers home in Desoto, Missouri at the age of 15. My IEP was still implemented at the school in De Soto, but a teacher found interesting me. She took it upon herself to review and change the goals of my IEP. When she changed the prior goes that have been set, it led me down the path to academic success. I graduated from high school at the age of 19. When I came to that school I was in fifth grade, and have been placed in the 10th grade. The principal fired her because she took matters into her own hand. So not to understand why she lost her job over me, to question my ability to be put “regular” kids, to be included with everything they did, created a new vision for me.
High school was fun to me! When people treat you like one of their own and there’s nothing wrong with you, it creates an environment of feeling like there’s nothing you cannot do. So to walk across the stage with my peers and receive a diploma, everyone gave me a standing ovation. I didn’t understand because I felt like I was just one of them.
Living with a disability doesn’t end your life, it just opened up different doors. If you choose the right path you will have an awesome life. You will have you have to advocate for yourself, and network with the correct people. Surround yourself in and intellectual setting, and never give up on yourself. Organize, create and follow through with daily task, and events that will keep you motivated to achieve amazing success. -Adonis Reddick
No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity, has dignity and importance should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
According to an article in the Boston Globe by Bella English, “Nationwide, only 14 percent of adults with such disabilities have jobs outside a care facility. In Massachusetts, developmentally disabled adults are less than half as likely as their peers to be employed at all — and those who are generally work at minimum wage jobs with no benefits.” This lack of resources and programs for those with differential abilities that are adults leads to a greater impact on them, and their families; impacting millions of adults across America.
These numbers are even more staggering when we look at the growing population of those with differential abilities. One study conducted by Doctor Amy Houtrow, Associate Professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2001-2002 and survey data from 2009-2010. Results showed that the prevalence of disability increased 16.3 per cent from 2002 to 2010.
Understanding the unique challenges to working with these individuals, Adonis Reddick works closely with organizations, and individuals in St. Louis to bring ideas and unique perspectives as to how our core curriculum can be perpetually modified to help individuals with differential abilities express their story. To do what their peers are doing in the program around the world: getting what’s on the inside …out.
The result of this effort was realizing the importance of a unique plan for each individual participant, and a focus on activities that allow for creative expression through writing, art and story telling -while still producing a work of expression included in Writing for the Soul Workshop™ for group publishing! These group publishing projects provide sustainable funding for the organizations offering the program, as well as a chance at financial independence for the participants.
Writing for the Soul Workshop™ for Individuals with Differential Abilities is currently looking for Community Coordinators, Facilitators and Mentors to accommodate the growth of this program. Certification is required. For more information about our program, or to give it a test drive in your community, use the Contact Form below to connect with us.