Briana's Neighborhood-

$4,070 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 43 people in 37 months

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.

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Hey All!

I stay beyond grateful for all of your support!

This new Briana book proves to be timely considering the climate of this country and world.

Thank you for continuing to believe in my vision and passion for our youth.

Stay tuned!

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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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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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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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Raised by 43 people in 37 months
Created August 3, 2016
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Toni Salters
20 months ago

I'm listening to your interview on Support is Sexy with Elayne and you have inspired me so much to continue going towards my dreams. I'm thinking about starting a podcast myself and listening to you has really gave me that push I needed to really take that first step forward. I would love to be able to help people and create a community that I know is out there but it just needs to be brought together somehow. I'm still working on the details but I digress, you are an amazing woman and I don't know you personally but I don't think I have to to tell you that I am so proud of you. You are my sister and I love you and I know my time will come. I can't wait to get your books and introduce my nieces, nephews, and one day children to your work. Keep inspiring, Queen!

28 months ago
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30 months ago
Jermaine Fraser
33 months ago

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

Kenny Dudley
33 months ago

Great work! HU for Life!!

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