Lil G Faces the Brooklyn Bully New Children's Book Addresses Real-Life Concerns
"Nobody owes me nothing so I have to get it on my own. Mom says don't call us homeless, we just don't have a home" Lil G.
- (1888PressRelease) March 21, 2012 - It's not every day that a children's book tackles tough subjects like homelessness and bullying in a way that young people can relate to and understand. However, 'Lil G Faces the Brooklyn Bully' more than tackles these issues that are unfortunately a reality for too many of our children. Author, Glenn Toby, brings Lil G to life in a way that makes you smile at the young man with a heart of gold, who manages to keep a positive attitude, regardless of what life throws at him.
Although he's homeless, Lil G faces his day with a pragmatic attitude and a clear love for life and his mom. He seems to know that we are more than our circumstances and that our circumstances don't have to dictate how we treat others. As such, he imparts a much-needed lesson for today's youth who will see themselves in Lil G's attitude towards wanting a better life, his rapping 'skills' and the lessons his mom gives him.
"Lil G is evidence" says Glenn, "that every child must have the right and opportunity to grow into a world that is greater than it was before they were born." He goes on to say, "We hope to inspire and develop a child's mind to better understand the reality and challenges of the world they are living and growing in, through learning, critical thinking and understanding life's natural progression through a child's view." The story resonates deeply with the author because when he was a child, his family became homeless; evicted, with their clothes, books and toys being thrown in the street. Having to live on the streets, on subways or find warmth on hotel hallway floors, he found solace in reading as it allowed him to travel to foreign and distant places; allowing him to travel beyond his reality. "It was a frightening time for me and my siblings" says Glenn, "but it was also an enormous lesson in real character development and personal integrity."
Glenn is also the founder of The Book Bank Foundation is a non-profit promoted by heroes such as Carmello Anthony, Bernard Hopkins, Dr. Cornell West, G Unit and 50 cent, Swiss Beats, Saigon, Congressman Meeks as well as the Mayors of New York, New Orleans and many more. It has amassed over 450,000 hours of community service in the last 10 years, with their mission being to promote and advocate literacy for all as well as promote positive behavior, scholastic achievement, and resourceful thinking in communities where illiteracy exists. The Book Bank Foundation was established as a reminder that "To whom much is given, much is required".
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Homeless Children - Facts and Statistics
There are an estimated 100 million children living on the streets in the world today
These children are vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, victimization and lack of basic rights
Families with children are the fastest growing group of the homeless population
50% of homeless children and women are seeking to escape domestic abuse
In 2008-2009, over 950,000 homeless children and youth were enrolled in our public schools
Most of them lived in houses with others temporarily, or stayed in motels or short-term facilities
These situations are damaging, unstable, and often unsafe, leading to high instances of abuse and neglect
Homeless children face unique barriers to education, ie; being unable to meet enrollment requirements
Additional factors include, lack of transportation, school supplies, clothing and food
Suffering from poor health, fatigue, and hunger create additional barriers to them getting an education
A proper education is their best hope of escaping poverty as adults and not repeating the cycle
Bullying, Fact and Statistics
About 160,000 children miss school every day due to bullying by other students
1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying
90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying
1 out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school
homicide perpetrators are more than 2x as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied by peers
Suicide remains among the leading causes of death of children under 14, in most cases, by hanging
56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.
71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
54% of students said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school.
Suicide rates among 10 - 14-year-olds have grown more than 50 percent over the last three decades
1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying.
Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75% of school-shooting incidents.
61% of students said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home.
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