According to the National Foster Youth Institute, only 50% of foster youth finish high school and only 3% graduate from a 4-year college.
Nationwide — Meet Deanna Jones, a former foster child and teen parent from Columbus, Ohio, who despite life’s adversities, managed to successfully graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and earn a Master’s degree from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Now, at 38-years old, she is the co-founder of a successful hair and beauty supply store and has released a new book, Life After Detour – a how-to guide that helps others cultivate resilience despite any “detour” that they are encountering in their life. Readers of all backgrounds facing any type of difficulties will find encouragement and direction in this book!
Deanna comments, “The journey you are on as a new parent brings an inherent set of challenges, questions, and blessings. Being a young parent compounds this. This road of parenthood now intersects with several aspects of who you are.”
What better person to hear from than someone who has been on that road? They have faced the barriers you are facing and come out on the other side. If you are still in high school, the journey into parenthood intersects with your roles as a student, child, athlete, and possibly even siblings.
The typical parenting books do not touch on these additional dimensions. How can they? Unless you have sat home while your friends are at prom or truly faced the prospect of dropping out of school to take care of yourself and your children, how can you speak to that? Deanna has met those challenges and shares her advice for overcoming them. Deanna uses her own experience as a teen mother to bring that unique perspective not likely found in other parenting/self-help books. With this book, you will be empowered to come out stronger and more ready to go on the other side.
Life After Detour is published by J. Merill Publishing Inc. ISBN-10: 1950719383 and ISBN-13: 978-1950719389. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all good book stores.
Deanna Jones is a speaker and trainer from Columbus, Ohio but her story did not start there. At 18-years old, Deanna aged out of foster care as a teen parent of two children. After being forced to drop out of high school, she earned her GED went on to become part of the 3% of foster youth in the U.S. who obtain a Bachelor’s degree. Deanna sought to defy the statistical failure that was sure to beset her by doing then what she teaches others now: deciding to have hope to operate in resilience to achieve your goals.
She did just that! Now, Deanna is the co-owner of Regal Beauty, a hair and beauty supply store in Columbus, Ohio, and owner of Deanna J. Speaks! Through her media company, Deanna engages in speaking, training, and life coaching. She is the mother of three children and a die-hard HGTV enthusiast.
For more information about Deanna, visit www.deannajspeaks.com
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