This effort is a for profit venture focused on three long term goals of mine. The first goal is to raise the capital to get the book “Shoebob Heart and Sole” written, self published, distributed and sold. I intend to have the book on the shelves by November 1, 2009 in an effort to help raise awareness for this year’s Sleepout. The goal of the book is to show people of any age that they can be difference makers and can be philanthropists regardless of their financial status, where they live or who their parents are. The book will highlight stories from my involvement and the involvement of local youth leaders with the Sleepout from its inception in 1996.
Secondly, funds raised over and above those necessary to get the book out to the public will go to help propel my public speaking career on the aforementioned subjects of being difference makers and being philanthropists. My desire is to spend a little less time with leather and more time sharing my message of hope and encouragement.
Thirdly, funds from the book and speaking will go to the development of my dream of a national Sleepout which would involve the youth of America. I believe that we could have up to 5 million people sleeping outside one night every year to raise awareness of the lack of affordable housing and the homeless issues in our country. Each young person who would sleep outside one night would begin to learn that they can make a difference right where they are no matter their location, their culture, their wealth or lack of wealth or any other factor. I believe that we can teach these values to this generation and generations to come. It will all start with your contributions. Help me publish this book one word, one sentence, one paragraph and one chapter at a time.