For the past 18 years I have held onto 6 banker boxes of documents from the foster care system that documented my life. I have spent the last 10 years speaking about my story to raise awareness on issues such as; mental illness, foster care, suicide, rape, poverty, and trauma informed care. While performing, My Sky is Falling, an immersive, storytelling-world, aimed at raising awareness for aging out and homeless youth, I found a platform for my documents I have never been able to experience before. After the participants were done with the experience, they came into a room and sat on the floor for a debrief, as my foster care files were spread across the carpet. One-by-one, perfect strangers were able to see inside the invisible world of foster care and mental illness that I struggled with through my childhood. I realized that no one truly had a grasp on the foster care system, mental illness, or what to do to help, which everyone wanted to do. This is the reason I wrote, Little Wild Thang, so I could bring you into the real world I grew up in. By using my foster care files, letters, and diary entries in the book, I was able to show my world vs. the systems written word to give you the full she-bang of what was really happening behind the scenes. I believe by telling our stories real change can occur. Please help me by sharing mine, it gives me a great chance at continuing the work I have been doing to raise awareness for years. Please help me by spreading the news with friends, colleagues, and social media.
If you are looking to book a speaking engagement or order more than 50 books please contact me at: LydiaJoyner@icloud.com
With all my heart, thank you!!
Risks and challenges
In order to fulfill my self-publishing order, I need to raise the money to do so. This is my only challenge, but I have faith all will be well because I won't stop until the job is done. Please help me continue working by grabbing one of my books and sharing my link. Thank you very very much!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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