From staff reports
Author Amnoni Myers celebrates the release of his first independently published book (“You Are The Prize: Seeing Yourself Beyond The Imperfections of Your Trauma”) with a launch event at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9 at the Deco Lounge, 607 S Boston Av.
Myers, a motivational speaker and child welfare advocate, moved to Tulsa in November as part of Tulsa Remote. The book signing will include music, prizes and a question-and-answer session. A burger bar, refreshments and a pasture table will be provided for $12.
A portion of proceeds from the book will go to a local nonprofit supporting child welfare reform.
Growing up in the foster care system, Myers learned how to survive and succeed in a world full of complexities and dark times. She overcame obstacles to get an internship in the Obama White House and began advocating for young adoptees across the country. Although she did, her younger sister did not, committing suicide after growing up in group homes and experiencing homelessness, drug addiction and domestic violence after aging out of the system.
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Myers’ memoir was written for youth who are currently in the system and leaders who are struggling to transform the child welfare system. Inspired by a book by a former coach, which she considers a lifeline during her teenage years, her dream is that “You Are the Prize” will fall into the hands of underprivileged young people who can see her experience and know that they can flourish.
Myers holds a master’s degree in public administration and focuses her efforts on advocating for children in the foster care system and improving the system.