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Rachel Macy Stafford, NY Times Best Selling Author Endorsement

Wow! One of the most thorough, accurate, and beautifully written articles … and to think it’s about my work in the world! I am so moved! The intro is incredible! ~ Rachel Macy Stafford _____________________________________________________________________________ "Stafford offers hope in this story she posted on her Facebook timeline. It's a message well worth your time and consistent with the times in which we live. Her conclusive message of prevailing love is not a Hallmark, Disney-infused, idealistic, or empty expose'. Rather, it's a poignant reminder that whether it be the love of a friend or love of humanity, it all starts with authentic connections.” ~ Billy Soden
Hope Dealer - Chapter Two Excerpt

Hope Dealer (Book) - Short Excerpt Chapter

Money was always an issue and we were “trained” on exactly how many squares of toilet paper should be taken from the roll after going to the bathroom. When my only pair of tennis shoes became one size too small and had worn to the point of being anything but shoe-looking, I asked for new tennis shoes because I needed them to participate on the track team at school. I was refused and told that because the Italians were then running barefoot in the Olympics, I could just run barefoot in track as well. It was reactions and behaviors like this occurring regularly and growing proportionately in extremity and ridiculousness that were setting off alarms in my head.
NTD TV/The Epoch Times Short Sample

Youth in Focus Brings Clarity Through Creativity For At-Risk Youth by Billy Soden

In an interview with Billy Soden from NTD Television/The Epoch Times, Ashley Mouldon, Administrative and Development Associate for Youth in Focus, explained what the organization is all about. Soden: What exactly does Youth in Focus do? Mouldon: "We work with youth, 13-19 years old, who face a variety of challenges in their lives on a daily basis, and who struggle with a combination of combination of racial or ethnic discrimination, poverty or homophobia.  At Youth in Focus, we feel that we reach at-risk youth at a crucial time – at or before the 9th grade – when 90% of the majority of youth that drops out of high school do during that year.   Studies have found that the majority of kids who drop out of high school do so because of financial pressures, or because they do not believe they can be successful.  By attending our creative youth development photography program, students are able to become part of a community filled with support and resources to help them be successful.
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Five 5th-Grade Heroes Stand Up To Bullying by Billy Soden

In 2015, the Pew Research Center analyzed statistics nationally from varied sources in eight different areas. Those areas were: All eight categories could easily, in one form or another, have a direct correlation to the last one listed, “being bullied.” In general, the study revealed some broad conclusions: Low-income parents, for instance, are more concerned about teen pregnancy and their kids getting in trouble with the law than are higher-income parents. Black parents are more likely than w
U Be U

U Be U by Billy Soden

U Be U is whimsical wisdom set to simple rhyme and stunning images from around the world. It’s a cool, sometimes cute and sometimes witty gift for the grad - the grad of diploma collectors, university seekers, and achievement gatherers! Graduates come in all forms. In fact, we graduate from something nearly every day. Graduating from high school? Graduating from college? Graduating from a relationship?! From the smallest of goals to the loftiest life-changing milestones, we are all alumni of every challenge overcome, every happy moment ever shared, and every goal ever reached - be they big or small. In a world that often wants to tell us who and what we should be, it’s easy to get lost in a crowd and get tied in a knot over who you are not! “U” are unique. “U’ are who you are. “U” have great purpose, some discovered and some not quite yet. “U” never stop learning and growing into the new “U” you are today. What’s the message? Be yourself! Are there bumps along the way? Of course! At the end of the day, be they mounds or mountains, you are the one who gets to decide who the you that is you, truly are. Wherever you go, and in all that you do, a most valuable life lesson is for you to be you. U Be U. Available now on Amazon, Amazon Europe, CS estore, BillySoden.com & other fine retailers. available on both Amazon and Createspace! (and some other global markets as well. Find it on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1545523320 or on Createspace here: https://www.createspace.com/7111937
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