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Press Release

Helping Teens Find Direction

Press release date: 2007-10-16

For Release: Immediately or any time

Contact: Kate Bandos, KSB Promotions
800-304-3269 • kate@ksbpromotions.com

Helping Teens Find Direction


With all the challenges and uncertainty in a teens life, self-discovery and setting a foundation for the future is difficult. "Who am I?" and "How can I become the person I want to be?" are questions that frequently haunt teenagers. With the help of Roger Leslies new book, Success Express for Teens: 50 Activities that Will Change Your Life ((c)April, 2004, $14.95 paper, www.bayoupublishing.com), today's teenagers can begin to discover more about themselves and learn about setting attainable goals.

Leslie compares choosing a direction for your life with going to a train station and deciding which train will take you to your desired destination. The ticket for every destination in life is commitment. "Are you required to remain only on one train all your life?" students ask Leslie. "Of course not," he reassures them. "You may return to the depot at any time to pick a new train, or you may re-board old trains you once took but left earlier."

To help young people decide on a destination, this award-winning teacher developed and refined the exercises shared in Success Express for Teens. Throughout the book, the brief, action-oriented activities pose the questions "What should I do next?", "How?" and "Whats in it for me?" After describing the goal of the activity, Leslie then leaves room to respond to specific instructions and reflect on how the knowledge can be put to immediate use in real life. (See enclosed sample activity.)

Inspired by Leslies personal struggle with depression as a teen, and refined during eleven years of classroom "testing" with real teens, the lessons learned from the activities ring true. Leslie hopes each participants journey will be like a swift ride on an express train to success. "We achieve by doing. We learn by living." says Leslie.

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"These 50 self-guided activities empower teens to determine personal strengths, choose a direction for success, and make dynamic strides toward realizing their biggest dreams."
~ Mary Lue Summerlin, Ed.D. Director of Psychological Services Deer Park, TX ISD

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The activities are set up to encourage teenagers to clarify their highest ambitions, identify wise risks, and develop motivation that will help make them self-starters and keep them focused on their goals-even in the face of adversity. Leslie subtly teaches students about their dynamic relationship with life and the empowering role they play in any destiny to which they aspire.

Teens can take their journey to success independently by completing the suggested activities on their own. In addition, the book has a helpful appendix for teachers, counselors, group leaders and parents which details ways to turn each of the 50 activities into shared group experiences for five to fifty teens. So, whether alone or with their peers, teens can board the Success Express and move toward identifying and realizing their dreams.

A prolific author, editor, teacher, librarian, national YA book reviewer, and motivational speaker, Roger Leslie uses original and dynamic techniques in his writing workshops, self esteem building seminars, and customized presentations. Besides articles, essays, and reviews, his published works include a history book, the three volume Library Programs that Inspire series ((c)2001-2002), and a novel Drowning in Secret (Absey & Co, (c)2002). His writings and teachings have earned him awards from writing organizations, school districts, Chambers of Commerce, state universities and national education groups.

To request a review copy of Success Express for Teens, to arrange an interview with Roger Leslie or for any additional information, please contact Kate Bandos at KSB Promotions • 800-304-3269 • kate@ksbpromotions.com • fax 616-676-0759


Success Express for Teens: 50 Activities that Will Change Your Life

by Roger Leslie

224 pages 6" x 9" 2-color printing throughout

ISBN: 1-886298-09-2

$14.95 trade paperback original

Publication: April, 2004

Published by Bayou Publishing; available at bookstores nationwide through all major wholesalers, at online bookstores, by calling 800-340-2034 and at www.bayoupublishing.com.


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