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Suggested Reading

It is said that knowledge is power.  If this is the case, parents, guardians and educators must be diligent in engaging youth in honest dialogue about important topics. 

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Depression, an often alluded topic of discussion, is a condition hard to put in words. Even harder is conveying the thoughts, feelings, and daily struggles of those who suffer from it.

Janelle attempts to explain her bout with depression in stream of consciousness style with the hope that it may give insight on the crippling strength of mental illness.

“While Janelle wrote this several years ago, when we were in high school, her story is just as moving to me today as it was at the first time she shared it years ago. You will realize by reading on, that Janelle shares her story in a non-conventional but incredibly powerful way. I believe that everyone who reads this book will be enlightened, seek help if they’re feeling depressed or suicidal, and be supportive of anyone dealing with depression or other mental health issues.” ​- Sharnice Jones

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You know the old adage: Sex Sells.  Unfortunately, all too often, it sells youth short creating risks and roadblocks to successful, fulfilling lives.  Sex can be so difficult for teenagers to openly talk about with parents and other adults, leaving high risk for misinformation and misunderstanding.  The book acknowledges challenges teenagers and parents face and it concludes that goals and future plans for success can be a strong deterrent to succumbing to risky activities. 

Honest and easy read, “Success Before Sex” is written by a teenager, for a young teenage audience.  Sex can be difficult for teenagers to openly talk about with adults, leaving high risk for misinformation and misunderstanding.  "Success Before Sex" is a suitable tool for starting important dialogue on this sensitive subject.  As the author details her journey to self-understanding she talks about (among other things) career aspirations, HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancies and the American dream of reaching personal goals.

100% of profit from sales of this book supports the mission of the 501c3 non-profit Success 1st, Inc.  Through “Success 1st” youth take the forefront to encourage teenagers with overcoming pressures to engage risky behavior to maximize their potential and improve the odds of achieving personal goals.

​"Success Before Sex" is great for starting the important discussion about this important subject.  It is available in:


Parents are not perfect; they do make mistakes and Real Talk: 10 Parenting


Strategies to Raise Confident Successful Children was written to help. Kumar V. Ghafoor-Davis provides parents with tools they can implement to build a positive relationship with their children as well as assist them to be all they can be. This book covers everything from self-esteem to child advocacy with a hint of discipline. The exercises at the end of the chapters will get parents involved and will point out where they need the most help.Real Talk: Ten Parenting Strategies to Raise Confident Successful Children

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 Smart Goals Worksheet 

 Test Taking Advice 

 Relationship Quiz 

Bad behavior doesn't end when your child graduates from diapers -- or even from middle school. In fact, the teen years can bring some of the toughest discipline challenges parents have to face.

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