Briana's Neighborhood-

$4,000 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 41 people in 7 months
Sahar Simmons  ATLANTA, GA

Hey Briana Buddies-

My name is Sahar Simmons and I am the author of Briana's Neighborhood Children's Brand.  Briana is a socially conscious eight-year-old, inquisitive African American girl who is affected by her surroundings and environment.  I have dedicated my life to empowering youth through my storybook characters. 

The beauty of kids is their ability to dream big, challenge thought processes and ask questions. The Briana series was created from the premise of allowing kids to see, understand and experience life through different lenses than adults.

Our innocent youth are taught by what they learn and see.  As adults, racial and ethnic isolation harbor fear and hostility that keep bigotry alive.

Parents and influencers of youth must create an open environment with children in the home about race, ethnicity, religion and bigotry. The quality of our children’s future is at stake.

Studies show that between the ages of five and eight, children are old enough to begin to think about social issues and young enough to remain flexible in their beliefs. By the fourth grade, children's racial attitudes start to grow more rigid. Our guidance is especially crucial during this impressionable, turbulent time.

I was inspired to create an illustrated story told through the eyes of Briana and her friends, due to the disheartening current events and dysfunctional political system. I have also listened and heard from parents about their struggles to talk to their children about these issues. Kids are confused to what's going on because they aren't yet tainted...we want to keep them innocent but aware. I can't help but to reference Michelle Obama's speech about her and Barack telling their kids, 'when they go low, we go high.'  We want to keep the right narrative, so that through our kids, we get to be reminded of the humility, compassion, respect and decency to which we want to aspire.

This book will depict some of the monumental scenes and issues that have recently taken place in our society: The Charleston 9 Shootings, Police Brutality, Peaceful Protests, Voting rights & historical moments.

It is our job to encourage children to reach across racial and ethnic lines and to recognize the humanity of all people. If we avoid these subjects, we run the risk of strengthening prejudices.

We know that the need is great and the time is now.
Your contribution and resources to spread the word about this book will directly affect the education of millennials and future generations.

Your donations will be used to:
Create, illustrate, edit and publish the first 250 copies.
Each donor will receive a signed copy in addition to acknowledgment on the dedication page.
2017 book release

Words will never express my passion for youth and how I will continue to make a difference through education, creativity and literacy.

"If not for you, then do it for the kids..."

Thank you.
Sahar
www.brianasneighborhood.com
@tweetbriana








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Update 7
Posted by Sahar Simmons
7 months ago
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Happy Monday Good People....
Continue to ask yourself how you will introduce daily conversations and topics that connect kids to our cultural/political climate.
#booksmatter #realconversationsmatter #kidspolitics #kidsvoice #brianasneighborhood

Thank you for your continued support!
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Update 6
Posted by Sahar Simmons
7 months ago
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Beyond grateful for the overwhelming amount of support to see this book through. The love has been tremendous in a matter of three days! Thank you...let's get this done!
#kidsmatter #literacymatters #booksmatter #kidspolitics #brianasneighborhhood #wontquit
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Update 5
Posted by Sahar Simmons
7 months ago
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Morning...
I wish that I could solely take the credit for my passion for kids but in all honesty, I am inspired by them and through them daily. I am an advocate for kids, their future and their voice. Support this campaign so that they have something to be proud of...
#kidsmatter #thisbookmatters #theirlegacy
#theirhistory #brianasneighborhood
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Update 4
Posted by Sahar Simmons
7 months ago
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Be the change that you wish to see in this world because your kids are watching...

Please support the cause and honor kids civil rights and voice...

Sahar
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$4,000 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 41 people in 7 months
Created August 3, 2016
Sahar Simmons  
PG
$175
Phillip Giles
29 days ago
JF
$40
Jermaine Fraser
3 months ago

My niece Madysen and I can't wait for the next book!!

KD
$75
Kenny Dudley
3 months ago

Great work! HU for Life!!

CB
$100
Calvin Baldwin
6 months ago
TA
$50
Tamar Adegbile
6 months ago
JD
$50
Jonathan Dudley
6 months ago
KH
$100
Kara Henderson
6 months ago
KM
$100
Khalil Manigaulte
7 months ago
SW
$75
Sonia White
7 months ago
$200
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7 months ago
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