According to recent statistics, 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. It is estimated that 3,000 students drop out of school each day, and the majority of them are poor readers. Approximately 25 percent of students who are at serious risk of falling behind do not own books.
According to www.Dosomething.org, two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare, because of this children are not learning the proper ways to express their emotions and often emulate celebrities or their friends at school because they lack positive role models at home who react to anger and other emotions in a healthy manner. Violence and bullying are the results of children not being taught how to channel their emotions in positive ways.
However, there are always people out there who are striving to change this epidemic. Spoken word artist, poet and youth empowerment speaker Dana English, also known as Princess Poet, educates parents on helping their children overcome everyday issues and teaches kids how to become strong, successful young adults with bright futures. Through her books, plays and spoken word performances, Dana assists children to learn values such as empathy, compassion, forgiveness and honesty.
The Princess Poet has successfully published three books. A book of poetry called Hear My Voice and two children’s books, The Princess and the Gift and Elijah the Mischievous Gets Nothing for Christmas. Her children’s books have received praise from teachers, parents and school principals. Not only do her books inspire, but they encourage children to become lifelong readers, and offer uplifting messages that leave a lasting, positive influence for years to come.
In addition to being an author, Dana is a proud member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and is the owner of Youth Expressions, a non-proﬁt youth organization she created in 2010 where she holds workshops, seminars and plays that help youth excel emotionally, socially and academically. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dana where she discussed how she got started, what she is working on and what we can expect from her in the future.
To read the rest of my interview with Dana, click here: Princess Poet Empowers Youth to Achieve Greatness