News Feature: Dominican-American Teen Author Looking to Include Dominica in Caribbean Book Tour
- Press Features
- May 2, 2019
Anyé Young, a Dominican-American teen author and advocate for children with incarcerated parents, has self-published her first book, “Teen Guide to Living With Incarcerated Parents.”
The book, published on Father’s Day, June 2018 when Young was just 16 years old, guides teens with parents in prison with tips, morals, and coping mechanisms. It also offers a glimpse into her life as a teen still coping with the fact that her father is serving a 12-year prison sentence.
Young’s mother, LaDàna Drigo, is an international public relations consultant and the founder of MyFairyGodParents.org, a charity organization that supports under-served youth and youth with incarcerated parents.
In an interview with DNO, Young said she wrote her book “Teen Guide to Living With Incarcerated Parents” to not only heal herself but also to help other teens like her, heal and accept their reality so that they can move on from the hurt and trauma.
“The overall message that I would like to communicate is that you are not your circumstances. You have the power to turn things around for yourself so that you can be the person you want to be. Life is what we make of it and more people need to be aware that they are worthy of the life they want to live,” the teen author stated. “I have seen the strife and chaos the island of Dominica has been through all these years and I know exactly what it’s like to feel hopeless and stuck. This is why I make efforts to spread my message to the people that need it the most. I would have wanted someone to do the same for me.”