Remember when you were 16 years old? I don’t know about you, but I was consumed with life as a kid: playing with kids around the neighborhood, trying to be cool in high school, complaining about my parents, dealing with boyfriend-girlfriend issues—stuff like that.
I just had a conversation with a 16-year-old girl who’s playing life at a much higher level than that, and she needs our help. Perhaps you know Grace Hatton. She’s the girl with the British accent who’s working on getting her own book published.
Grace moved to the U.S. with her family when she was 11. She left her world, her friends and the rest of her family behind to come to a new country and start a new life. Grace has been here for a few years, but she still feels like she’s “new” here. She doesn’t have a big support network to call on.
Getting published is hard enough, but imagine trying to do it while you’re still a kid…
The good news is that Grace has a message. She wants to publish a book on dating for teens—but with a new twist. It’s a book written for teen-age girls by a teen-age girl.
So far it hasn’t been easy. Without a big network of friends and family, Grace says it’s been difficult but she has a shot at making the connections that can help her book be successful.
I also asked Grace what she would do when she is succesful. Her answer was all about helping others—about giving back. She wants to help other teens connect and gain confidence. In the long run, she wants to do seminars to help young girls. She also wants to help set up orphanages in Africa.
There is something about Grace that makes me believe she is capable of doing this, and that she is genuine about it.
This letter was written by Tim Smith of New Paradigm Marketting.
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