Voices of Determination

Author: Kevin Chavous
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351297228
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Voices of Determination tells the stories of ten children who overcame extraordinarily difficult circumstances to get an education and end the cycle of generational poverty. It debunks the myth that children are victims of circumstance. In this moving work, Kevin P. Chavous argues that children can and will succeed if the educational system provides them with the opportunity to learn. Many of these narratives depict public schools at their worst. Chavous argues that poor communities routinely hire inexperienced teachers, lack resources, and pass kids along until they drop out. Once out of school, these youngsters quickly find out that they are unprepared for the job market. This, he claims, leads many young people to drift into anti-social behavior and turn to gangs, drugs, and unproductive lifestyles. In addition the narratives in this volume also address such social issues as immigration, bad neighborhoods, poor health care, addiction, and child abuse. Chavous highlights how hope for a better future enabled the children whose stories make up this volume to achieve a better life. There are potential challenges at every stage of a child's development and the adults around them need to be nearby and ready to act effectively. Chavous concludes that the need to strengthen families and to rebuild surrounding communities should be the top priorities for society as a whole.

Serving Our Children

Author: Kevin P. Chavous
Publisher: Capital Books
ISBN: 9781931868693
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Washington, D.C., council member Chavous has long been an outspoken advocate for educational reform that serves the needs of all of the nation's children. Having been at the forefront of the charter school movement, Chavous now explores what his city has learned from the charter school experience and what it means to American public education as a whole.

Passage to Promise Land

Author: Vivienne Poy
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
ISBN: 0773541497
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This book is the study of Chinese immigration to Canada from the end of the Second World War to the present day. Traces the evolution of immigration policy through the stories of Chinese immigrant women. It also shows how the Chinese community developed alongside changes in immigration regulations, and why the immigration of Chinese families to Canada became commonplace in the 1970s. It includes the very first mention of Chinese women's immigration in Canada's Parliament in 1879, to the end of the twentieth century.

Defying the Odds

Author: Jamal Browne
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781984102843
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In this compelling new book, I respond to thousands of requests for personal and career guidance from young professionals all across the globe, many of whom first learnt about my story back in 2016 through a viral post on the popular professional networking site, LinkedIn. My intention was very simply to use the example of my life and career to highlight the importance of taking extravagant leaps of faith when pursuing certain personal and career goals. Never did I imagine that within a matter of hours, thousands would have responded to that post, ultimately drawing the attention of over one million LinkedIn users worldwide. As I reflect on the many questions - from hundreds of young professionals all across the globe - answered within this book, I am amazed at how curious, talented and determined our youths are. The challenge is that there aren't enough committed mentors to answer the myriad of questions that we all have about our personal lives and careers. So when the questions started being directed towards me, I immediately saw an opportunity to impart the lessons that I would have learnt thus far in my life and career. This book captures those lessons in a concise and compelling way. In chapters 1 and 2 (Part 1 of the book) I take readers on a compelling journey through my early life and career, highlighting the roles of key individuals, institutions and environments that helped to shape my character, and nurture my talents. From my humble beginnings growing up in my tiny Caribbean village, to my induction as a United Nations Project Officer in Nairobi, Kenya back in 2014, I have sought to meticulously weave my way through a series of life-changing experiences that ultimately charted my course. Chapters 3 through 9 have been divided into three parts, and respond to the hundreds of questions posed to me over the years by young adults and young professionals from all across the globe - most of which follow common themes such as 'Overcoming Fear', 'Financial Freedom', 'Following Your Passion', 'Finding the Right Field of Study', and 'Practical Christian Living'. I must admit that there are days on which I find myself on the verge of tears with some of the stories and requests for personal and career guidance that I receive, and in light of my familiarity with some of these stories. So in preparing this book, I was compelled to dig deeply into my own experiences to unearth those invaluable lessons and solutions that I found along the way. I prepared this book with the intention of creating the ideal personal investment and gift item for young adults and young professionals currently navigating their way through major life and career decisions, or those simply in search of a more fulfilling life and career. I believe that lives will be positively impacted, talents unearthed, fears dispelled, and passions ignited for anyone willing to avail themselves to these invaluable life-lessons and career tips.

Defying All Odds

Author: Nevaeh Lee
ISBN: 9781534720947
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The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. -Ernest Hemingway Since day one, Celeste Logan has had a string of bad luck-no, scratch that. Her past is so tragic, anyone would think she's been irrevocably cursed. But this is no paranormal story...it's her real f*cking life. Fortunately, there are people in her life who make it worth living. Though the past will never be completely forgotten, she has moved on and beat the hell out of the statistics. But just when it seems things are about as good as they're going to get, disaster strikes-again. Can what's broken be fixed this time, or was she ever fully mended in the first place? And will the past catch up to her, or is the present what Celeste should fear most?

We Are Afghan Women

Author: George W. Bush Institute
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501120506
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Afghanistan has been described as "the worst nation in the world to be a woman." More than fifty percent of girls who are forced into marriage are sixteen or younger. Too many women live in fear and in many areas, education and employment for women are still condemned. The women featured in We Are Afghan Women are fighting to change all that. From rug weavers to domestic violence counsellors to business owners, educators, and activists, these courageous women are charting a new path for themselves, their families, their communities, and their nation. Told in their own voices, their stories vividly capture a country undone by decades of war and now struggling to build a lasting peace. Meet Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, who ran underground schools for girls until the Taliban fell, and today has established educational centres across Afghanistan to teach women and girls basic literacy. Or Freshta Hazeq, who as a female business owner, has faced death threats, sabotage, and even kidnapping threats against her children. Naheed Farid the youngest female member of Afghanistan's parliament. Masooma Jafari, who started a national midwives association. Her own mother was forced into marriage at age twelve and gave birth to her first child at age thirteen. With an introduction by former First Lady Laura Bush, honorary founding co-chair of the U.S.Afghan Women's Council. We Are Afghan Women chronicles the lives of young and old, daughters and mothers, educated, and those who are still learning. These determined women are defying the odds to lead Afghanistan to a better future. Their eloquent words challenge all of us to answer: What does it truly mean to be a woman in the twenty-first century?

In Spite of the Odds

Author: Richie Contartesi
ISBN: 9780996618526
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"Richie?s story and book lit a fire within me. His drive, passion, and relentless will to succeed was reminiscent of my time at Notre Dame. At 5?7? and 155 pounds, Richie overcame the obstacles and the naysayers to earn a full SEC scholarship and a place in Ole Miss tradition." -Rudy RuettigerStanding a stellar 5?7? and weighing in at a magnificent 150 pounds you wouldn?t think Richie would be much of a football player. Instead, he looks more like a chess player. Richie Contartesi is a small town kid who dreamt his entire life of playing big time college football in the SEC. He had the heart, passion, tenacity, and love for the game but there was a nagging problem that haunted him from youth football through college, his size. Standing at 5?7 150 pounds, he was never the biggest, fastest, talented, or strongest wide-receiver on the team. Richie?s journey chronicles the trials and tribulation of a boy with a dream and the realities of Division I college football at Ole Miss. An inspirational story of hope, determination, and success that will fuel your inner desire to be the best you can be and defy the naysayers and odds to reach your dreams. What happens next shocks the world and will most definitely shock you too. "It is like watching the movie Rudy, but with a machine gun" Pat Canuso.

Defying the Odds

Author: Devesh Kapur
Publisher: Random House India
ISBN: 818400639X
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Defying the Odds is about the new Dalit identity. It profiles the phenomenal rise of twenty Dalit entrepreneurs, the few who through a combination of grit, ambition, drive and hustle—and some luck—have managed to break through social, economic and practical barriers. It illustrates instances where adversity compensated for disadvantage, where working their way up from the bottom instilled in Dalit entrepreneurs a much greater resilience as well as a willingness to seize opportunities in sectors and locations eschewed by more privileged business groups. Traditional Dalit narratives are marked by struggle for identity, rights, equality and for inclusion. These inspiring stories capture both the difficulty of their circumstances as well as their extraordinary steadfastness, while bringing light to the possibilities of entrepreneurship as a tool of social empowerment.

A Chance in the World

Author: Steve Pemberton
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc
ISBN: 1595552634
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Chronicles the author's life and his hope and determination that helped to transform him from a neglected, orphaned toddler to a successful adult.