Molly Anne Brewer Nabs 3rd in Nationwide Writing Contest

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Molly Anne Brewer of Indiana is a new author who enjoys penning stories with fantastical and sometimes macabre twists. She grew up in a small town, the youngest of eight children in a family of musicians, writers, actors, poets and artists. She is currently working on several short story projects and a full length novel entitled ‘Collide’. She makes her home in the Midwest, which she shares with her husband, two dogs and two cats.

Molly’s  short story, entitled “The Library” is, according to one of our judges,  reminiscent of an episode of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery for folks over fifty, or an episode of Stranger Things, if you’re somewhat younger than that.   Either way, it was scary enough to grab third place the 18 years old and over category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest which benefits Brave Enough To Fail Inc. a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  

Read The Library by Molly Anne Brewer

 

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Chris Cassone Takes 4th place in Brave Enough To Write Short Story Contest

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Chris Cassone of Patterson New York is a writer of songs, stories, fiction and screenplays.
His Beatles fan fiction,  ode to the sun and angst filled days of summer in upstate New York  wowed the judges garnered Chris fourth place in the nationwide 18 and over category of the Brave Enough To Write short story contest. the contest was held as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail which provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools.
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Chris is the composer of 18 songs for “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die – The Musical” which premiered this past June in the 1000 seat Charleston Music Hall. Now it is on its way to off-Broadway.

Last year he had his first top ten record, co-writing with old friend Ace Frehley (former KISS founder and guitarist) on his Billboard #9 CD, “Space Invader”. This came on the heels of his You Tube hit, “Route 22,” about the road from the Bronx to Canada. In 2012 he led the BBQ All Stars on a tour of BBQ festivals with “My Baby Loves BBQ”.

Chris started his path as a recording engineer in the late 70’s to better document his songs, mentoring with hit maker, Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Frampton) where he learned the art of production and the need for story in the song. He worked with Dr. John, Mercer Ellington and Billy Joel, among many others. Old friend, Chazz Palminteri and director Robert DeNiro, tapped him to record the music for A Bronx Tale in 1992.

His next production, The Cakeman Chronicles, is a one man musical about the intrigue around his family bakery in New York in the 50’s and 60’s, including his finagling into concerts using sheet cakes.

Ladies Sweep Brave Enough To Write Contest

The Winners

Sarah Tehuiotoa (Left)of Pahrump Nevada winner of $1,000 in the 18 and older category and Isabel Adams (Right) of Weare New Hampshire winner of $500 in the 17 and under category

 

First of all,

Thank you so very much to each and every writer that participated in our very first Brave Enough To Write, short story contest fundraiser. By entering, you are not only following your dream, you are also helping to inspire young people all across America to follow their dreams. So thank you again for supporting our mission to provide free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. Learn more about our mission 

#Girlpower was in full effect as two young ladies from opposite ends of the country won the first, Brave Enough to Write, short story contest.

The competition was fierce. A lot of outstanding writers submitted great stories in both categories and our judges really had their work cut out for them. In the end, two stories had just enough of an edge to put their authors over the top.

Sarah Tehuitoa, Winner 18 and over category $1,000 

Sarah Tehuitoa is a 21 year old English major who lives in Pahrump Nevada and commutes weekly to classes at University of Las Vegas.  She is working her way through college by working at a grocery store. She entered the contest on her 21st birthday. Sarah says,

“All I have ever wanted to be is a writer. It has been my dream ever since I was little and I haven’t been able to give it up.”

Her short story, “The Sands of Time” is a gritty (pun intended) tale of love, loss, despair, and just maybe a shot at redemption with a dash of magic thrown in as a tantalizing garnish.

Contest judge Ethan Carey, host of the Rock & Roll Morning Show on WRKI I-95FM,  says Miss Tehuitoa’s writing style reminds him of James Patterson or Daniel Silva.

Read The Sands of Time here The_Sands_of_Time_by_Sarah_Tehuiotoa

 

Isabel Adams, Winner 17 and under category $500 

Isabel Adams is a 17 year old homeschooled student from Weare New Hampshire. She’s always had a passion for writing, photography, singing, and gospel music. Isabel is also a former Vice President and lead writer for FYI Teen Magazine. Her story, “Spirit of the Warrior”, is a coming-of-age story set in the early American west.

Contest judge Lauren Porosoff, English and writing teacher at the Fieldston School in New York City and author of “Empower Your Students” says Isabel’s story has a relatable message about empowerment, perseverance, and bravery along with great imagery reminiscent of young adult adventure stories.

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Runners up in the 18 and older category

 

2nd Place: Love, Life, and Bacon by David Moore of Saint Charles, MO.

3rd Place: The Library by Molly Brewer of Mooresville, IN.

4th Place My Summer with the Beatles by Christopher Cassone of Patterson, NY.

Runners up in the 17 and under category

 

2nd Place: The Story Gets Harder with Every Word by Jessica Rathmann of San Antonio, TX.

3rd Place: Diary of Susie Valentine by Madison Guerrera of New Milford, CT.

4th Place The Escort by Allissa Brianna- Riley Vernon of Lolo, MT.

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An Inspirational Approach to the Achievement Gap

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Closing the education achievement gap is tough.

New results from the nation’s most widely used college admission test highlight in detailed fashion the persistent achievement gaps between students who face disadvantages and those who don’t.

Scores from the ACT show that just 9 percent of students in the class of 2017 who came from low-income families, whose parents did not go to college, and who identify as black, Hispanic, American Indian or Pacific Islander are strongly ready for college.

But the readiness rate for students with none of those demographic characteristics was six times as high, 54 percent, according to The Washington Post Thursday September 8th 2017.

There are a lot of great people working very hard to narrow this huge gap from the policy, administrative, and teacher side of the spectrum.

But Wayne Winsley, a middle school history teacher who also happens to be a multiple award-winning motivational speaker is taking a different approach. He is working at the student level, using inspiration and motivation to increase student achievement.

His nonprofit organization Brave Enough To Fail Inc. provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools.

Winsley explains why he does it,

“At age 14, I was living in an orphanage in Cleveland Ohio, had failed eighth grade the previous year, and basically given up on school. I was a poor black kid who, the experts would say,  had given up on my future and was too set in my ways to be motivated to change. I was destined for one of two places, behind bars or dead.

One day, a friend of mine’s dad was disappointed with his report card and began to lecture him. Without intending to, without even realizing that I was in the room, his dad said the words that changed my life forever.

Always strive for excellence no matter what you do. Excellence will overcome, poverty, prejudice, and adversity every time. Just be excellent at whatever you choose to do.”

That simple message motivated me to make the choice that saved my life.

I chose to go back to school and do the absolute best I could. Because of that choice, I didn’t wind up behind bars or dead. I know first hand that a message can change a child’s life. 

That is why I’ve dedicated the rest of my life to delivering a message of inspiration and motivation to as many young people as possible by providing free motivational programs to high schools.”

Natasha Ushomirsky, a policy development director for the Education Trust, a nonprofit that advocates for disadvantaged students, told the Washington Post,  “There’s a lot of power in communicating the expectation that all students can achieve at high levels,”

Research, by the Dalio Foundation of Connecticut, shows that disengaged students who are re-engaged and motivated during the first two years of high school are nearly twice as likely to graduate than students who remain disengaged. See the report here.

Schools across the nation agree about the power of a positive message and are reaching out to request the program. Currently Brave Enough To Fail has requests for the 2017-2018 school year from schools in thirteen states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey,  Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Washington, and Alaska.

Contact Wayne Winsley  wayne@BraveEnoughToFail.org     Twitter @WayneWinsley  Facebook

 

 

 

Poor, Black, & Unreachable At 14

By Wayne Winsley

Founder & Executive Director of Brave Enough To Fail Inc.

At age 14, I was living in an orphanage in Cleveland Ohio, had failed eighth grade the previous year, and basically given up on school. I was a poor black kid who, the experts would say,  had given up on my future and was too set in my ways to be motivated to change. I was destined for one of two places, behind bars or dead.

One day, a friend of mine’s dad was disappointed with his report card and began to lecture him. Without intending to, without even realizing that I was in the room, his dad said the words that changed my life forever.

Always strive for excellence no matter what you do. Excellence will overcome, poverty, prejudice, and adversity every time. Just be excellent at whatever you choose to do.”

That simple message motivated me to make the choice that saved my life.

I chose to go back to school and do the absolute best I could. Because of that choice, I didn’t wind up behind bars or dead. Instead I went on to serve my country honorably in the United States Navy which honed my discipline, self-confidence, and work ethic. Those tools gave me the courage to pursue my dream of being a standup comic which in turn led to a two decade career as a radio broadcaster.  The communication skills I developed over that time prepared me to become what I am today, a teacher, and a multi award-winning motivational speaker 

I know first hand that even without intention, a word can change a child’s life.

That is why I’ve dedicated the rest of my life to delivering a message of inspiration and motivation to as many young people as possible through my organization.

Brave Enough to Fail Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides motivational programs and scholarships to high schools.

The mission is to raise student achievement by inspiring kids with the courage to achieve their dreams and to help students see their education as a way to get what they want from life. To narrow the education achievement gap by focusing on the student end of the equation with a message of courage, hard work, self-discipline, and determination.

High schools nationwide are requesting this message for their students.

This  summer we have received unsolicited requests for the Brave Enough To Fail program, for the 2017-2018 school year, from schools in over ten states. (See the list below)

Rather than saying, “No we can’t help you.” We are taking a leap of faith and committing to raising the funds needed to deliver the message to the thousands of students at these schools that,  Their Dreams Are Important And Achievable!

There are other young people out there who just like I was, are one positive message away from overcoming the poverty, prejudice, and adversity that is standing between them and achieving a better life for themselves.

That is why I am asking the questions,

Is there at least one corporation in this great nation that would like their brand to be known for motivating and inspiring youth across America?

If you are that corporation, please contact us at info@BraveEnoughToFail.org

Are there fellow citizens willing to sow seeds of success into the youth of our communities? 

If you are that citizen, please make a donation here. 

Partial list of schools that have reached out and requested Brave Enough To Fail

Crest High School, Shelby NC.

Cathedral High School, New York NY.

Urban Assembly of Media Studies, New York NY.  

 Whitestone High School, Delta Junction Alaska

Sultan Sr High, Sultan Washington

Cicely Tyson High, East Orange New Jersey

St. Timothy’s School, Raleigh NC

Briar Woods High School, Ashburn VA.

Ferndale High, Johnstown PA.

Scottsburg High, Scottsburg IN.

Little Rock Arkansas School District

Martin County School District, Stuart Florida

Integrated Arts Academy, Chaska MN.

Frederick Banting School, Ottawa Ontario

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NONPROFIT HOLDING OPEN CASTING CALL FOR CORPORATE PARTNER

Brave Enough To Fail, a Connecticut based, 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides motivational programs and scholarships to high schools, is holding an open casting call for corporate partners to sponsor their plan to inspire student achievement nationwide.

The assembly-style presentations deliver a powerful message designed to inspire students to achieve great things. The scholarships are designated specifically for each school to give the motivated students an achievable goal to work toward.

Wayne Winsley, founder and executive director of the organization says,

“Over the summer, we have received requests for this program from schools in at least nine states, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, all for the upcoming school year.

Rather than saying no, we don’t have the resources to meet this demand, we are instead asking the question,

Is there at least one company in America that would like to have their brand associated with planting seeds of success in the minds of thousands of students across the nation?

We believe the answer is yes, that is why we’ve created this opportunity for that right company or brand to connect and work with us and inspire kids to achieve their dreams.”

Interested parties may contact Wayne Winsley, wayne@BraveEnoughToFail.org

BETF Person Of Courage Tarick Walton

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“Do not let the world dampen your dreams.”

Those words are the motto of a poor Jamaican boy who grew up with a dream of public service.

At age twelve, Tarick Walton  saw the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the top engineering school on a list of the top colleges in America. He immediately fixed attending MIT as a goal in his mind.

Despite his humble beginnings and through all of the adversities and challenges he faced along the way, Tarick never wavered from his goal. He never gave up on his dream.

Today, Tarick is an MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) trained problem solver, a Georgetown University educated business leader and a globally inspired artist who aspires to inspire, mentor and motivate youth at all stages of the educational spectrum to pursue big dreams in Science and Arts.

Click the video for Tarick’s valuable tips for you to accomplish your goals!

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Our mission is raising student achievement by inspiring kids to achieve their dreams

We provide free motivational programs and scholarships to in-need high schools.

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Write a Short Story & Win Long Green $

 

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Follow your passion for Writing, support a Charity that inspires Kids AND win $1,000!

The Brave Enough To Write short story contest has two age categories and two prizes.

17 years and under prize is $500.

18 years and over prize is $1,000.

All funds raised by this contest will go toward the prizes, and to provide free motivational programs and scholarships to in-need schools.

Also the winners in addition to getting the prize money, will have their story and accomplishment promoted to the youth we serve and the general public, as an example of what can happen when you have the courage to go after your dreams.

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Contest Rules :

  •  Online Submissions only
  • All stories must be previously unpublished in
  • Submission fee $20.00 US
  • Max word count: 10,000.
  • All readings are blind
  • Each story must be accompanied by a cover sheet that includes the writer’s name, age, the title of the story, his or her complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and the word count of the work submitted.

 

  • The title page and story must be submitted as one document, as an attachment. The author’s name should not appear on the story. Only the title of the story should appear on the manuscript.

 

  • Writers may submit multiple entries, but these must be submitted as separate Microsoft Word documents, or PDFs with separate cover sheets and separate entry fees.

 

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The Road To Success is a Toll Road

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The Great White Shark is the most feared predator on the planet. It relentlessly prowls the waters, hunting where it will and in fear of nothing for it has no natural challenger save the Orca.

However, to be successful, the great white shark must do one thing. It must keep moving forward at all times. If this particular shark stands still, it becomes just another drowned carcass swallowed up by the vast ocean and fed upon by others.

Successful people across the board share this shark-like trait. They keep moving forward, they are diligent, they don’t give up and they work as hard and as long as necessary to reach their goal. they learn from their failures but they don’t live in them. They refuse to drown in mediocrity.

Everyone wants to be successful, and if it were easy, everyone would be. But it’s not easy and therefore, too many are not.

Life will inevitably throw obstacles in path, adversity will strike and circumstance will conspire against you.

Look around you, there are plenty of talented and gifted people who failed to reach their full potential because for them, the price was too high, it was too hard, it took too long so they gave up the fight. Quite often, it is not talent that makes the difference but perseverance.

Be the shark, keep moving forward. Your dreams, your goals, your success is worth fighting for.

Remember,

The road to success is a toll road and that toll of diligence and hard work, MUST be paid.There is no shortcut around hard work and diligence.

You were born to accomplish great things. Don’t drown in the sea of mediocrity. Keep moving forward toward your destiny.

Brave Enough to Fail Inc. is a nonprofit formed in late 2015, that provides motivational programs and scholarships to high schools with a special focus on those schools that are most in-need. The mission is to raise student achievement by inspiring kids with the courage to achieve their dreams and to help students see their education as a way to get what they want from life.

You donation could change the destiny of a child. Please give today.

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Expert: Achievement Gap a National Crisis

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By Kim Wilcox

(originally published May 9 2017 by DiverseEducation.com)

There is a national crisis in American higher education, and it threatens to exacerbate the most pressing challenges facing our nation. Consider this sobering fact: For every 10 African-American students who enter college, only four will graduate. Just four in 10. That is a shameful record, and we cannot hope to address the underlying causes of social and economic inequality in our country if this trend continues.

College enrollment in the U.S. continues to stand at record highs.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. colleges and universities enrolled 20.5 million students last fall, an increase of 5.2 million students compared to 2000. This upward trend is likewise true across ethnic categories. Between 2000 and 2014 (the latest year for which we have national data on ethnicity), undergraduate enrollment among African-American students increased a phenomenal 57 percent, and enrollment among Latino students more than doubled.

But, as a college degree has become a prerequisite for getting into the middle class and beyond, enrollment is not enough. In the marketplace, job applicants with some or no college will lose out to a college graduate almost every time. Additionally, students who do not complete their degrees often face thousands of dollars in debt without the means to repay it.

USA Today reported last year that students who drop out of college are four times more likely to default on their student loans compared to those who graduated. If six in 10 African-American students aren’t completing their degrees, it doesn’t take much to see the ramifications for individuals, communities and the entire nation.

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Dr. Kim Wilcox is the chancellor of UC Riverside.

Brave Enough to Fail is augmenting other efforts to close the education achievement gap by working at the student level to spark and sustain the burning desire to achieve in as many students as possible.

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