Dominican-American teen author looking to include Dominica in Caribbean book tour

Young self-published her first book in 2018 at the age of 16

Anyé Young, a Dominican-American teen author and advocate for children with incarcerated parents, has self-published her first book, “Teen Guide to Living With Incarcerated Parents.”

The book, published on Father’s Day, June 2018 when Young was just 16 years old, guides teens with parents in prison with tips, morals, and coping mechanisms. It also offers a glimpse into her life as a teen still coping with the fact that her father is serving a 12-year prison sentence.

Young’s mother, LaDàna Drigo, is an international public relations consultant and the founder of MyFairyGodParents.org, a charity organization that supports under-served youth and youth with incarcerated parents.

In an interview with DNO, Young said she wrote her book “Teen Guide to Living With Incarcerated Parents” to not only heal herself but also to help other teens like her, heal and accept their reality so that they can move on from the hurt and trauma.

“The overall message that I would like to communicate is that you are not your circumstances. You have the power to turn things around for yourself so that you can be the person you want to be. Life is what we make of it and more people need to be aware that they are worthy of the life they want to live,” the teen author stated. “I have seen the strife and chaos the island of Dominica has been through all these years and I know exactly what it’s like to feel hopeless and stuck. This is why I make efforts to spread my message to the people that need it the most. I would have wanted someone to do the same for me.”

Young volunteers with Rebuild Dominica and is the Youth Coordinator for the MyFairyGodParents.org charity organization. She is now a graduating high school senior in the Washington D.C. metro area. She’s continuing her work as an advocate by speaking up to promote awareness. Her previous speaking engagements includes 63rd Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Symposium presented by Meaningfulworld. An upcoming speaking engagement in Tampa FL on May 18, as an advocate for FAMM.org (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) will mark the beginning of Young’s summer book tour.

Young told DNO that she is open to being sponsored to speak at youth empowerment events and universities throughout the Caribbean and Europe in addition to the U.S.  She said her drive is based on the things she’s seen her father and his family go through and where they have led him in life.  She said that she doesn’t want to be the kind of person that blocks their own blessings because they are afraid of failure.

“I feel that the outcome of things are often times unpredictable but we should never be afraid to try,” Young advised.

The author and her mother are currently planning a book tour but need sponsors and partners to make stops in the Caribbean and Europe possible and say they would “absolutely love” to do the first Caribbean stop for the book tour in Dominica. People who wish to donate funds can visit Young’s website and go fund me page www.AnyeYoung.com .

“I have a favorite quote I like to refer to when I’m going through a tough time,” Young said. “’If you’re going through hell, keep going’-Winston Churchill. This quote is one that always reassures me that my suffering is temporary and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”

She added, “For other young people that are trying to reach their goals, I would say that if you’re going to go for something you’re passionate about then give it your all and don’t hold yourself back because you are your own worst enemy.”

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6 Comments

  1. May 23, 2019

    Message from AnyĆ© Young’s public relations team at Above Prestige Public Relations:

    Thank you for your comments and the time you took to leave kind words as well as words of encouragement. Please contact us if interested in partnering with this teen author and advocate. Additionally, bulk book orders are also welcomed at this email. We look forward to sharing more news about this outstanding teen!

    ADMIN: The email and website you include isn’t automatically view able by other readers so we have included it below:

    email: dana.drigo@gmail.com
    website: http://www.AbovePrestigePR.com

  2. May 3, 2019

    That’s great to see a beautiful young lady at that age can take time to write and such a great topic wish more young men and ladies
    would devote their time to something as great as this ore something that can show their value in life.

  3. May 3, 2019

    All the best my Dear. Keep on keeping on. And congratulations.

  4. Zandoli
    May 2, 2019

    It’s too bad her father made choices that put her and the rest of her family in that position. I feel for these kids who have to suffer the consequences of poor decisions made by their parents.

    • May 3, 2019

      I that all Dominican should make an effort and get this book I am planning to purchase a few copies and donate them to families
      or schools.

  5. dissident
    May 2, 2019

    More blessings to you!
    This is a remarkable achievement for you especially under the circumstances that you face. This will definitely take you further than you could ever think……who knows, this may just be the beginning of a fulfilling career as an author.

    This is a measure of your growth and stability through seriously tough circumstances.

    Wow. Blessings to you

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