Overcoming a childhood beset by civil war in east Africa, a refugee camp in Sudan, and living on welfare in an affluent Chicago suburb, Mawi Asgedom grew up to deliver the commencement address at the end of his full-scholarship, Harvard education in 1999. Now he travels around the country sharing his experiences and insights with teens. This book features all the important lessons he has learned in a lively, accessible format perfect for fans of the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.
Mawi graduated from Harvard University and delivered the commencement address at his graduation in 1999. Now 25 years old, he is a successful inspirational speaker for students, community groups, and businesses.
The author is donating one-third of all final proceeds from the book to The HAT Foundation. HAT is a nonprofit organization that provides educational resources and emotional support for recently arrived third-world immigrants in the United States and provides funding for AIDS and malaria relief in Ethiopia and Eritrea.