Building More Successful Teens

By Destiny Carrillo
Wednesday - August 18, 2010 Share

By Destiny Carrillo, Project Coordinator

Local author John H. Clark III is opening a Hawaii chapter of TeenBuildingUSA, a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing high school graduation rates, promoting higher education and providing an optimistic venue for teens to develop life leadership skills.

TeenBuildingUSA’s mission is to provide each student with the resources and support necessary to successfully complete a high school diploma and develop a plan for future success.


Though not currently funded and operating solely via a volunteer support system, TeenBuildingUSA presently provides educational seminars free of charge to teens and parents.

TeenBuildingUSA seminars include college preparatory programs, which provide SAT/ACT workshops, college research assistance, college application assistance, scholarship application assistance and financial aid application assistance; personal life leadership programs, which teach leadership skills to teens and parents; and academic enrichment programs, which provide writing workshops, goal-setting, planning, decision-making and study skills development.

John Clark addresses teens at a TeenBuildingUSA seminar

At a recent TeenBuildingUSA seminar, Clark shared the true story of how his life changed from an academic all-star to a troubled youth. Students listened intently as Clark shared stories from his book Getting Out: Expert Advice for Today’s Teens, which tells the gritty story of how a night out with friends contributed to his choice to drop out of high school.

“I’m just a little further down the road, and I want to share knowledge with teens that will help them avoid accidents on their own path of life,” he says.

Support TeenBuildingUSA-Hawaii and purchase a copy of Getting Out during the months of August and September at A special discounted price of $10 is being offered, and all proceeds directly benefit TeenBuildingUSA-Hawaii. A big mahalo to Mr. Clark for donating the books!

To purchase a book, donate or simply volunteer, contact Delia Clark at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 1-888-743-4768.


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