Local author helps at-risk youth succeed

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - Springfield native Carmen Garner has faced inconceivable challenges in his life, and now he offers inspiration and strategies to at-risk youth looking to overcome obstacles through his new memoir.
He joined us live in studio 1A to provide inspiration and advice to those facing adversity.
Springfield native Carmen Garner, is helping at-risk youth overcome difficult situations by sharing his own story of struggle, tragedy and triumph in his newly released memoir, From That to This. With the use of original artwork, poems, and heart wrenching memories, From That To This chronicles Garner’s youth in Springfield as a troubled young man with the will and determination to succeed.

“At an early age I was aware that most kids did not grow up the way I did. I grew up in the projects and in crack houses,” shared Garner. “As a child I watched my mother beg for crack from my friends. I saw my mother, uncles and aunts use needles with heroin. I watched my mother die. My brother was sentenced to life in jail. I had no role models, I only had me.”

Garner pushed through the challenges facing him and went on to become a successful teacher, coach, college graduate, artist and youth mentor. He hopes to inspire other young people to follow in his footsteps. From That to This, is filled with strategies to help at-risk youth navigate obstacles, make good decisions and strive toward their dreams. The book is an easy read, geared towards middle and high school students, dropouts, educators and youth workers. “We as a society should be able to prepare our kids and help supply them with tools for success,” added Garner.
For more information on From That to This and Author Carmen Garner, contact Carmen at (301) 366-5233 or bundyart.cg@gmail.com. Stay up to date on the latest From That to This news at facebook.com/FromThatToThisAstrategyguide

About the Author:
AS A BOY, Carmen Garner was confronted by every conceivable human ill – poverty, drugs, sickness, violence, racism – He moved seventeen times, between relatives in the projects and foster care. He lost all of those he held most dear to AIDS, crack cocaine and incarceration. From this, Garner drew not despair, but strength. Confronted by ignorance, he turned to knowledge, the first in his family to go to college.

AS A MAN, Carmen Garner grew to discover that his character -battle hardened- could be used as a tool to reach out, to connect with young people. As a Public School teacher in inner-city Washington DC, Garner learned the power of his hard earned perspective, recognizing the raw potential in his students, and teaching them, above all things, that they have worth and talent and ability-the future made sacred in his classroom. Garner’s remarkable journey is told herein, in words, pictures and paintings.

He became a brother, teacher, husband, and father. He turned disadvantage into opportunity. Carmen Garner embodies empathy, humility, and the capacity to change lives. Carmen Garner is a symbol and an example of it.

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