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Meet Yasmin Soferi in San Fernando Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yasmin Soferi.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Yasmin. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am currently 11 years old and I started my path to success in elementary school. In my 3rd year of elementary school, I met up with Mrs. Yvonne Brooks. She is an author, a mentor, a life coach and inspirational speaker. She helped me along with other kids to build our self- esteem. Within that year, she gave me the opportunity to write a book with her. Our book is called “Emotional Banking For Kids. ” When my book got published, I started to share my writings with the community and even got interviewed by Lisa Sigell and Brad Pomerance. Both were aired on TV. My interview with Lisa Sigell was on People Making A Difference on CBS/NBC. Since then, based on my book, I have held club meetings called KEC (Kids Empowerment Club). While in elementary, I held KEC as an after school program for 1st through 5th graders. I also opened up KEC to students not attending my school and held meetings at my house. Today, I am an honor 6th grader at Portola Middle School and continuing KEC here as well. KEC is impacting all students to make positive differences not only within themselves but also to the community. We have and continue doing self-improvement, community work like visiting the elderly, as well as giving food and making hygiene kits for the needy.

Best of all is that my book and KEC has been admired by my family, friends and peers. I promoted my book at the Orange County Festival of Books, at Lady of Grace School, as well as the Festival of Books at USC (University of Southern California). I will be attending the Festival of Books at USC again this year. I am very happy with where I am right now and I am looking forward to making more positive impact in the world.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been smooth all the time. At some points and times , I felt people weren’t supporting me or disagreeing with my concepts. It was hard to get everyone to participate in my KEC program. Some children did not take the learning opportunity seriously. Even though, it was at some times hard most of the time, KEC was fun and the vast majority of children showed appreciation and enjoyed it.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Yasmin Soferi – what should we know?
I am an 11-year old author of the book “Emotional Banking For Kids.” Empowering Children with building healthy self-esteem.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
One of the qualities that was most important to my success was enthusiasm. I was very enthusiastic about writing a book that would be helping and empowering other children to have confidence. Simply put, being very happy and enjoying the process throughout it all.

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