After much success with her Trumpet Award-winning book, “What Every Child Should Know About Prayer: From a Child’s Point of View”, published author Erica C. Austin continues to motivate youth by offering practical and clear-cut strategies for self- empowerment through education in life skills and leadership.
Since publishing her first book at the age of nine, the Atlanta native has made it her personal commitment to inspire young people through education and faith. In 2003, Erica launched the Youth on the Move Achievers Book Club, which introduces youth to an alternative, positive side of today’s Hip Hop culture. “Time has proven that Hip Hop is here to stay, and it holds the power to promote positive social reform in today’s society,” Austin says. This young, promising author has garnered many awards and accolades; including the NAACP ACT-SO Award, honors from the National Council of Negro Women’s Ecumenical Hall of Fame, participation on the panel for the 1999 Meet the Authors Turner Broadcasting Trumpet Awards, and a place as the featured author at the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 2010 Literary Expo held in Washington, D.C.
Erica is an Annenberg Honors Program Fellow, member of Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society, and the National Association of Professional Women. She is a graduate of the John H. Johnson School of Communications; and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with Summa Cum Laude distinction, from Howard University in Washington, DC. She has earned a Master's degree in Sociology with a certificate in Public Sociology at American University. The Master's Degree program at American University spans from social inequality and justice to globalization and social change. Erica utilizes this degree to connect scholarship and public policy, highlighting the disparities plaguing minority and working-class communities. Furthermore, she serves as a voice that overcomes barriers within local advocacy, policy, and community organizing endeavors through her role as a member of the Board of Directors for City Gate, Inc., a DC-based non-profit that provides a variety of educational programs to low-income families in the District of Columbia.
Erica continues to compel young people to maximize their potential, while utilizing their God-given talents in every aspect of their lives.
Designed to teach God's children biblical principles of God's anointed word to be applied daily.
What Every Child Should Know About Prayer: From a Child’s Point of View - Inspired by the Holy Spirit of God for all of His Precious Children is a blessing inspired by God to encourage every child to have the motivation to pray. This book, written when Erica was 9-years old, is a personal testimony from her childhood about her relationship with God that has touched the hearts of children and their families throughout the nation. The book encourages all children to pray, regardless of their age, race, or living environment; because God loves all of His children, and to also pray for others and thank God daily for his blessings.
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• The Atlanta Daily Word Newspaper - "Nine-Year-Old Writes Book About Prayer."
• Turner Broadcasting Trumpet Awards Winner - 1999
• NAACP ACT-SO Award
Through speaking engagements, her books, and her business - ECRA, Erica continues to focus on those in need of guidance and empowerment. Her studies, which span from social inequality and justice to globalization and social change, provide a solid foundation for compelling discussion around the importance of access to education and meaningful opportunity for growth.
• The Importance of Education
• Literacy Matters
• Leadership Skills
• Teamwork Skills
ECRA Growth & Educational Services offers a wide range of services and programs that focus on youth empowerment. The main focus of ECRA is to help young people recognize their ability to create a rewarding and fulfilling life for themselves. To help youth take the initiative to make their lives better. ECRA Growth & Educational Services is an organization that provides life skills and leadership training to youth.
Participation in our programs enables youth to develop confidence, learn life skills, and to recognize their own power, and to make proactive efforts in designing a positive, healthy, and fulfilling life.
As we continue to strengthen the brand of our organization, we recognize that we are in a unique position to offer quality youth programming that serves as a continual intervention/prevention system to deter youth from aging without gaining the necessary life and professional skills to become productive members of society.
Our philosophy is based on the concept of helping youth to recognize their own power, and to make proactive efforts in designing a positive, healthy, and fulfilling life.
Our organization’s objectives include an intentional effort to provide youth with the knowledge on how to create a successful and productive life; and how to make strategic efforts in reaching their goals without procrastination. We believe that by creating a haven for youth to be afforded the opportunity to receive vital life and leadership skills, serves as a catalyst for personal growth and change.
In addition, our philosophy believes that our program environment provides a setting free of modern-day distractions, simplifies choices, and teaches them valuable life skills. We place a great deal of importance on self-awareness, goal setting, cultural awareness and personal achievement against adversity. Constructive program activities “empower" them, by giving them a sense that they can make a difference in their own lives and in the world.
Literacy and education are powerful tools that can be used to inspire, empower, and enhance the lives of all people. Below are just a few links to child and youth-friendly literacy groups in the nation.
With the recent launch of the ECRA Affiliate Marketing Program, we are seeking potential partners to engage in a mutually-benefitting partnership by the exponential marketing of What Every Child Should Know About Prayer From A Child’s Point of View.
This is an exceptional opportunity for partnering organizations to increase organizational revenue as our affiliates (partner organizations) are monetarily rewarded for generated book sales.
For more information about partnership opportunities with ECRA, please contact Benjamin Austin, Regional Distribution Director/Business Development Strategist at email@example.com.
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