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Ingrid Ricks

Ingrid Ricks
Seattle, Washington, USA
January 11
Writer, dreamer and teen mentor. I recently published FOCUS, a memoir about my journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa -- and about learning to see what counts as my vision has faded. Available on Amazon and For more info, visit:


JUNE 11, 2012 1:16PM

The Power of Teens Claiming Their Power

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If you are wondering what can happen when teens find their voice and claim their power, watch this story clip with student authors from Scriber Lake High School, an alternative high school in Edmonds, Washington. Then read their new book: We Are Absolutely Not Okay: Fourteen Stories by Teenagers Who Are Picking Up the Pieces — available as both an eBook and paperback on Amazon. All proceeds go to fund future writing/publishing programs at Scriber Lake High School.


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It’s hard for me to put into words how inspired I am by these students. They have dealt with the kind of heartache and tragedy that most of us can’t even fathom. They’ve experienced gang life and drug addiction, and had lost loved ones to prison.  They’ve battled depression and self harm. Some have been abused and neglected by those who were supposed to protect them.

But rather than being angry and hardened, they have reclaimed their power by finding their voice, writing their stories and sharing them with the world.  Now they are committed to using their personal experiences to help other teens know that they are not alone and that they have the power within themselves to make life better.

The book, which launched officially at a huge student book signing event on June 6th, is already connecting with teens and making a difference in their lives. And I know this is only the beginning of the amazing journey for these student authors. I am honored to have been involved with this amazing project.

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For the past few months, I've had the opportunity to work with these teens -- helping them to reclaim their power by finding their voice and writing their stories. I hope you get a chance to watch this video. Their message is so powerful and they are already beginning to connect with other teens. And their stories will BLOW YOU AWAY.
Very powerful
Ingrid, you are such an inspiration, as are these teenagers. I am so happy this project has come to such a satisfying conclusion, and I am so proud of all of you who were involved. Bless these kids - I hope their lives will get easier.

I can't watch the video now but will be back tomorrow to do so.
Thanks M.C.S. and Alysa. it's been so inspiring to work with them.
Ingrid - this is amazing. Kudos to you for your mentoring & involvement in this project.
Thanks, Trilogy. FYI..they are going to be on King 5 at 5 p.m. this Thursday (on their Making a Difference segment). How are you? How are the twins?? xo
Ingrid, this is fantastic!!! ~r
This looks like a wonderful program. I hope it's duplicated in other places.
Thanks, Joan xo

JLSathre - I would love to duplicate the program elsewhere. I need to look into some grants or foundation support -- but it's definitely on my to-do list.
What an incredible and vital cause. Thanks for this!
Amazing story of incredible young adults, I can't wait to read their story.
Sounds like a wonderful and unique project. So seldom do we hear such young voices about their real experiences. I love the idea that this can be duplicated in one community or setting after another. [r]
You are a true visionary, friend, mentor and woman. And one helluva writer. This is phenomenal. Thank you for sharing.

Thank you, Donagel. I really hope to duplicate this elsewhere. Maybe we just need to do a nationwide challenge.

Christine: xoxo) Ditto.