What people are saying about Becoming Awesome!

“While reading this book I kept thinking of how much I could have used this when I was in my teens. The book is well researched, written and packed full of solid advice on how teens can become the best they can be, not only in their careers, but in all areas of their lives. I would highly recommend this book, not only for all teens and educators, but anyone who has a desire to reach their potential.”

HARVEY DEUTSCHENDORF, Author of The Other Kind of Smart

“April Lara, author of Becoming Awesome!, and former CEO of a youth program in Chicago schools writes a timely and significant book about what it takes to support young people to live into their greatest potential and make a difference in the challenging world they’re inheriting. She was part of an initiative that helped kids get back on track and make better decisions. My hope is that this book will support educators, parents and others to create the same shift in schools across the world.”

HOLLY WOODS PHD, Author of The Golden Thread: Where to Find Purpose

“Becoming Awesome! is the book that I wish I had when I taught high school-aged students. April expertly weaves History and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in an engaging and meaningful way. I firmly believe that teens of all backgrounds and experiences, and adults who are guiding them through life, will benefit from the learning and activities provided within.”

KYLE MILLER, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and former Chicago Public Schools Teacher and Professional School Counselor

“April Lara, author of Becoming Awesome!, has created a vivid manifesto to encourage our teens to take their place in creating a new future. Based on past stories and her personal experience, Lara strategically conveys the steps we need to take to empower our teens as well as helping them create a beautiful future for themselves and their communities.”

PIERRE STANLEY BAPTISTE, Author of Underdog Revolution