Thursday, March 23, 2017

My #1000bookgiveaway was covered by The Prince George's Sentinel newspaper!

Hello Friends,

Please visit http://www.thesentinel.com/pgs/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3535:local-five-year-old-gives-away-1-000-books-to-the-community&Itemid=750 to read the article that was written by Mr. Jim Davis.
I want to thank all of the partners, volunteers, donors, and people who attended the event in Annapolis. Have  a great day.

Tyler

Friday, March 17, 2017

2,500 books for children given away through Tyler's #1000bookgiveaway




Over a dozen students from Annapolis attended a book celebration that
was held at Wellspring Therapy Services, located at  914 Bay Ridge
Road Suite 214, on March 11, 2017. Tyler Stallings, a 5-year-old
kidpreneur who wants more children to spend their free time reading
books at home, created the project where youth can shop for free
books. Tyler was one of 340 young leaders across the country who
received a $500 Disney Summer of Service grant to gather friends and
turn creative ideas into projects that will positively impact their
communities. The latest book event included opportunities for youth to
shop for free books, enjoy snacks donated by Whole Foods Market
Annapolis, Giant Food of Riva Road, and Greenbelt Co-op. Festivities
incorporated coloring, winning prizes, and listening to a story was
read by local author, Joy Medley.



The Maryland Book Bank donated books beyond what Tyler purchased with
grant funds. The nonprofit organization helped the kidpreneur to reach
more youth who could benefit from having access to books. Tyler wanted
to include more selections to offer individuals who reside in various
low-income communities, or who utilize community centers. The grant
and generous donations enabled Tyler to continue his book giveaway
program that he started last year, with the help of his mother--
Andrea Blackstone-- after realizing that all children could not afford
to purchase interesting books to keep. The volunteer effort to share
the joy of reading, is otherwise known on social media as Tyler's
#1000bookgiveaway. His original goal was to give away at least 1,000
books to youth who need or want free books. In 2016, Tyler hosted two
successful reading parties at Bay Ridge Gardens and Annapolis Gardens.


Over the period of many months, Tyler's reading adventure brought
community leaders and children together in Annapolis. Sherry Medley,
founder of Hands of Hope in Annapolis, partnered to help Tyler qualify
as a grant recipient. Thembi DePass, a speech language pathologist who
owns Wellspring Therapy Services, donated kid-friendly space for
Tyler's event. Ericka Wilkins —a local business owner who volunteers
in the community with her sister, Cassandra Wilkins, supported Tyler’s
efforts by helping him to connect with others to host the event.
Customers and community members can now take and exchange books
through the new place to find free books. Before the reading party was
held, youth from Bay Ridge Gardens helped Tyler to paint the community
bookshelf which will be permanently housed in Ericka Wilkins’ salon,
Studio Styles.The business is located across the street from Bay Ridge
Gardens.



After the event ended, and Tyler stocked the community bookshelf, the
young author and philanthropist visited Robinwood to share free books
with children who were at the community center attending an
event.

Over a dozen students from Annapolis attended a book celebration that
was held at Wellspring Therapy Services, located at  914 Bay Ridge
Road Suite 214, on March 11, 2017. Tyler Stallings, a 5-year-old
kidpreneur who wants more children to spend their free time reading
books at home, created the project where youth can shop for free
books. Tyler was one of 340 young leaders across the country who
received a $500 Disney Summer of Service grant to gather friends and
turn creative ideas into projects that will positively impact their
communities. The latest book event included opportunities for youth to
shop for free books, enjoy snacks donated by Whole Foods Market
Annapolis, Giant Food of Riva Road, and Greenbelt Co-op. Festivities
incorporated coloring, winning prizes, and listening to a story was
read by local author, Joy Medley.

The Maryland Book Bank donated books beyond what Tyler purchased with
grant funds. The nonprofit organization helped the kidpreneur to reach
more youth who could benefit from having access to books. Tyler wanted
to include more selections to offer individuals who reside in various
low-income communities, or who utilize community centers. The grant
and generous donations enabled Tyler to continue his book giveaway
program that he started last year, with the help of his mother--
Andrea Blackstone-- after realizing that all children could not afford
to purchase interesting books to keep. The volunteer effort to share
the joy of reading, is otherwise known on social media as Tyler's
#1000bookgiveaway. His original goal was to give away at least 1,000
books to youth who need or want free books. In 2016, Tyler hosted two
successful reading parties at Bay Ridge Gardens and Annapolis Gardens.


Over the period of many months, Tyler's reading adventure brought
community leaders and children together in Annapolis. Sherry Medley,
founder of Hands of Hope in Annapolis, partnered to help Tyler qualify
as a grant recipient. Thembi DePass, a speech language pathologist who
owns Wellspring Therapy Services, donated kid-friendly space for
Tyler's event. Ericka Wilkins —a local business owner who volunteers
in the community with her sister, Cassandra Wilkins, supported Tyler’s
efforts by helping him to connect with others to host the event.
Customers and community members can now take and exchange books
through the new place to find free books. Before the reading party was
held, youth from Bay Ridge Gardens helped Tyler to paint the community
bookshelf which will be permanently housed in Ericka Wilkins’ salon,
Studio Styles.The business is located across the street from Bay Ridge
Gardens.

After the event ended, and Tyler stocked the community bookshelf, the
young author and philanthropist visited Robinwood to share free books
with children who were at the community center attending an
event.1,000 books were given away on March 11, 2017, through Tyler’s
reading campaign. To date, over 2,500 free books have been given to
children in Annapolis, Prince George’s County, and the District of
Columbia, through Tyler’s idea to distribute free books to other youth
who need or want more of them.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My free book event in Annapolis, Maryland is March 11, 2017!








Please call 301-660-6991, if you would like to bring a child who needs free books. The event will be held from 11-1 at Wellspring Therapy in Annapolis. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Local Five-Year Old Selected as a Disney Summer of Service Winner to Create Positive Change in his community





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 7, 2017

Local Five-Year Old Selected as a Disney Summer of Service Winner to Create Positive Change in his community

 Cheverly, MD, February 7, 2017 – Tyler Stallings, a kindergarten student from Cheverly, Maryland has been awarded a Disney Summer of Service grant through YSA (Youth Service America). The grant will support Stallings in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of providing free books to children and families who need them. Stallings will continue his #1000 book giveaway that he was inspired to create last year, upon  realizing that all children could not afford to purchase interesting books to keep.

Service activities will take place during the first few months of 2017 at Studio Styles (Rosemary’s Beauty Supply of Annapolis, Maryland), in conjunction with an Anne Arundel County-based nonprofit organization called Hands of Hope, Inc. Stallings and his partners will host a reading party for children residing in the Annapolis area. The festive  event will incorporate community togetherness, education, art,  youth service, a read-in, distribution of new and gently used books, and an opening ceremony of a portable library that will be permanently housed in Studio Styles. After the installation of it, community  members and customers who patronize the salon and barbershop can leave or take books through the literacy project. With the help of sponsors and individual donors of Tyler's traveling book festival, over 1,500 books have been given to youth to encourage reading at home, through the inaugural book festival.

Stallings is one of 340 young leaders across the country awarded a $500 Disney Summer of Service grant to organize projects to help make their communities healthier, greener and stronger. The grantee  will educate and mobilize their peers around the issue of remembering to read more books at home, and creating solutions to read outside of school, through awareness, service, advocacy, and philanthropic activities. 


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Founded in 1986, YSA (Youth Service America) supports a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. With half the world’s population under age 25, YSA’s mission is to help young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.  For more information, visit www.YSA.org.
  
Media Contact:
Andrea Blackstone
301-660-6991






Sunday, January 29, 2017

Please donate to help homeless veterans. MCVET lost HUD funding.

MCVET needs more community support. Please read the information about their loss of HUD funding via
http://m.baltimoretimes-online.com/news/2017/jan/27/after-losing-hud-funding-mcvet-sticking-values-pur/

 I will do whatever I can to help them with basic necessities. Would you like to help? All donations are appreciated. Please visit
https://www.gofundme.com/uxs2hbcs to support MCVET'S important mission.

Thank you,

Tyler

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

My meeting with the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs

On January 12, 2017, I met with Robert McDonald at the VA in Washington, D.C. before his time ended there. He is now the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs. I had an opportunity to discuss my veteran project and plans to establish a nonprofit to help veterans in the community. A group of employees welcomed me and cheered me on as I walked upstairs to his office. They found out about Give Back to Veterans Day, and encouraged me to continue my advocacy work, and my special mission to support elderly and homeless veterans.
During the meeting, I also signed "Tyler Goes Around the World" to give to Mr. McDonald. I received a special coin for my service to veterans. 

If everyone works together, we can make a difference to help veterans and their families. Let's raise our voices to show veterans that we care. I want to raise awareness and remind everyone that many veterans still need support. With your help, perhaps we can make an impact and gain more attention from officials.I will post more photos from my trip soon.

Tyler

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Please read my interview with founders of Black Streak Kitchen. Support a veteran-owned business!


Hello Friends,

Please enjoy my special interview with Black Streak Kitchen. Two brothers, Terry Raimey and Justin Raimey, teamed up to make cooking fun and nutritious! Read how you can change the way your family cooks and eats. Do not forget to download the app that is available via www.blackstreakkitchen.com and support a veteran-owned business.

Thank you,
Tyler

CEO of Kid Time Enterprises/ KTE
author of  Tyler Goes Around the World 
co-creator of Give Back to Veterans Day




KTE: Where are you from? Where is your business based?

Black Streak Kitchen: We are based in Youngstown, OH. Since our father was in the military, we moved around quite a bit as kids.

KTE: How did you get interested in doing a food business? Are you trained chefs or self-taught?

Terry: Growing up, our mom and dad cooked for our family everyday. Healthy eating was important in our home for as long as I can remember, so once I left my parents home I continued cooking for myself. My parents taught me how to cook as a kid. My best friend, who is a chef, has also taught me quite a bit about cooking. We bounce ideas off of each other for new dishes, we hit the grill together and blend different ingredients and flavors. It’s a lot of fun!

KTE: Where did the idea come from?

Terry:  I am a writer and Justin is the artist and graphic designer of everything Black Streak Entertainment (Black Streak Kitchen’s parent company). We wanted to do something new and unique with our stories and artwork, something no one else in the comics and animation industry had ever done.

One day, I saw an ad for one of those grocery/recipe delivery services and thought it would be really cool to apply our artwork to something like that, and gear it towards kids, teens and families. So, we created Black Streak Kitchen as a source to teach kids, teens and families that cooking healthy can be delicious, while teaching how the ingredients benefit their bodies and minds.

I love to cook and create new dishes by fusing unorthodox fresh ingredients and flavors. I love how eating healthy makes me feel and look; it’s very satisfying to me. I want everyone to experience that satisfaction.

KTE: What does Black Streak Kitchen mean?

Justin: Black Streak Kitchen is a branch of our company Black Streak Entertainment. The word “black streak” was chosen because it represents creativity. When one starts an art piece, it will start off with a simple black stroke that will evolve into a finished work of art. That black streak has the possibility of turning into anything the mind can think of, and we hope to inspire this thought into our readers through our stories, comics, and recipes.

KTE: What things will your business offer, and when will it launch?

Terry: The first issue of Black Streak Kitchen Comics will go on sale January 15th. Black Streak Kitchen Comics will release once a month, and feature 4 recipes taught by our Character Chefs. Think of it as a cooking show, except the recipes are taught by cartoon characters in the form of a comic book! Each monthly issue will also feature 2 recipes with meat and 2 vegetarian recipes.




KTE: Do the comics teach kids how to cook healthy food? What ages can learn from what you do?

Terry: We definitely make sure our recipes are healthy and use fresh ingredients like lean meats, spices, fruits and vegetables. Our comics are made for kids and families, so we suggest parents cook with their kids. It’s the safest way to cook and it’s also a great way for parents to spend time with their kids and bond with them. Family togetherness is important!

KTE: Please tell me about your app?

Terry: Our free mobile app, Black Streak Kitchen App, is available now for Android and iPhone. Through it, we share content from our website like recipe comics and our animated Spice of the Week videos, where our Character Chefs break down nutrition facts about cooking spices. We use the app to keep our audience up-to-date on everything Black Streak Kitchen has to offer!


KTE: Who is a veteran and what branch did serve in?

Terry: That would be me! I served in the U.S. Air Force, enlisted.

KTE: Are you accepting pre-orders? If so, what for? What will be free and what will you sell?

Terry: We are accepting pre-orders for Black Streak Kitchen Comics #1. You can preview and pre-order the digital comic at blackstreakkitchen.com/pricing. Our monthly recipe comic issues cost $5.99, but the Black Streak Kitchen App, our animated videos, and select comic recipes are free for anyone to check out!

KTE: What is your website address and social media information?

Facebook: Black Streak Kitchen (@blackstreakkitchen)
Pinterest: blackstreakkit
Instagram: blackstreakkitchen
Twitter: @BStreakKitchen