Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I was honored by Mayor Pantelides in Annapolis!

Hello Friends,

I want to share exciting news about my visit to meet Mayor Pantelides. I received a citation for my community work, too. I appreciate support and encouragement very much. It makes me feel happy to share whatever I can with youth and veterans.

Age does not have to limit what anyone can do. If we support each other more, who knows what may be possible. Please watch
https://youtu.be/9Ns30OXcA98.

Thank you,

Tyler


I am a youth honoree!



Hello Friends,

I am so grateful for an opportunity to be a youth honoree! Please visit http://www.ittakestwoinc.org to learn about It Takes Two, Inc. and
scholarships offered by this nonprofit to  help single parents in Maryland. You may support a great cause by attending the upcoming gala, or by making a donation. See http://www.ittakestwoinc.org/event/five-year-anniversary-gala.

Ms. Jaemellah Kemp is the founder and CEO of It Takes Two, Inc. I truly appreciate Ms. Kemp's support. She also donated books to me for my traveling book festival. New #1000bookgiveaway stops are coming.

Best wishes,

Tyler


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