National youth advocate and speaker Edward DeJesus releases Makin’ It – The Hip-Hop Guide to True Survival, a book focused on helping the hip-hop generation combat the negative information and mind-set that hip-hop is often said to perpetuate. DeJesus states, "Instead of glorifying the 'hood lifestyle, Makin’ It says what happens when you live that lifestyle. It provides good information that will help young adults complete their education, stay out of trouble and earn a decent living."
As the basis for most of DeJesus’ presentations, "Makin’ It" focuses on revealing, in a clear and compelling way, what young adults need to do in order to ensure long term labor market success. "Makin’ It" uses the voice and power of hip-hop to inspire and support youth along with concrete facts and intelligent analysis about the importance of education, work and non-violence.
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Edward DeJesus is the Founder and President of YDRF. In addition to his extensive direct service experience, DeJesus has blended practice with policy and advocacy by working with the National Youth Employment Coalition to conduct research on effective programs that help youth acquire and maintain jobs; using his position as Chair of the New York City Youth Employment Consortium to fight for job training opportunities for high school dropouts; as a committee member of the Sar Levitan Center for Youth Policies at John Hopkins University; and serving on the Task Force on Employment Opportunities for young offenders for the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. DeJesus and his company of experts operates the charitable arm of the largest hip-hop magazine, The Source, where they positively influence hip-hop music and culture.
DeJesus has led YDRF to be the most influential youth policy and research firm in the U.S. with contracts from the United States Department of Labor, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, The Source Youth Foundation, The Annie. E. Casey Foundation (UPS), The McDonald’s Corporation, The Youth Transition Funders Group and many others, YDRF has major influence on services and supports for the Hip-Hop generation.
DeJesus received his M.S. from the New School for Social Research and a B.A. from Fordham University. He is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellow and a graduate of Rutgers University’s Center for Strategic Urban Community Leadership Program. In 2000, Washington D.C Mayor presented DeJesus with the Top 40 under 40 Award. DeJesus has trained with The Gallup Leadership Program, the Center for Creative Leadership, The Midwest Academy, Atkins Life Skills Academy and The Omega Institute.
DeJesus is the author of numerous publications on issues affecting the hip-hop generation.Review:
"Makin’ It" is an effective kick in the pants for any young person. -- Youth Today, the newspaper on youth work
"Makin’ It" is helpful to all youth trying to reach their goals. -- First Lady of Ruff Ryders, Eve
DeJesus has found a way to reach youth with the message educators have been trying to convey for years. -- Tavis Smiley
Makin’ It is an effective kick in the pants for any young person. -- Youth Today, the newspaper on youth work
This is a book that I read now I share it with you. -- Hip-Hop Artist DMX
This is a book that I read. Now I share it with you. -- Hip-Hop Artist DMX
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