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Giving back can SAVE your life!

Giving back to our commUNITY feels great but sometimes we don’t know what we could do that might make a difference!

I shared about some seriously amazing allies is last week’s article We all need commUNITY. They GAVE BACK in a big way – the value they gave to Drag it OUT and SunServe as youth serving organizations was PRICELESS and to them, it probably was not a huge weight. They donated what they were good at, with equipment they already had and gave us their time and passion. YOU can do that too. If you haven’t read that article yet – check it out!

Through much struggle I learned this valuable gem… My life is FAR RICHER by consistently giving selflessly to others. Volunteering helped me create my life as it is today and saved me from a deep and dark depression.

I regularly give back through volunteer time, donating unneeded items a few times a year and giving monetary donations to organizations who are really making a difference. Usually, a few dollars is more possible then we allow ourselves to believe – Did you enjoy that Starbucks coffee? Go out to eat with friends? New video game? YOU too could donate, at least a little bit.

I’m not the only person who believes in the power of giving back. Check out some of these famous quotes:

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ~ Muhammad Ali

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” ~ Zig Ziglar

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” ~ Albert Einstein

Speaking of Giving Back…some of you already gave up your Starbucks Coffee to make sure PROUD emPOWERment for LGBTQA Youth got published and I want to THANK YOU!!!!!!  With the money raised from the Indiegogo campaign a few months ago I was able to complete the graphic design, business cards, website, book editing, proofing and purchase the first batch of books to be donated.

Many copies of PROUD emPOWERment have been donated to both organizations and individual youth involved with:

  • SunServe Youth Group
  • Drag it OUT Inc.
  • University School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club
  • South Broward High School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club
  • Plantation High School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club
  • Pompano Beach High School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club
  • Florida Atlantic University (FAU) LGBTQA Resource Center Library

As I have more speaking engagements scheduled during the year I always bring copies of the book. If a school, library or resource center is unable to purchase because of lack of funds, I provide them with a copy of the book. I am able to do this because of YOUR HELP! Thank you!

If you’re involved in a high school, university, non-profit youth organization or LGBT group and would like a copy of PROUD emPOWERment and the group workbook, but are unable to purchase please contact me here to request a free book. In your message please provide me with the best contact information and address to ship the book.

This is PROUD’s way of GIVING BACK!

What can YOU do with the talents you already have to GIVE BACK? I’m happy to help you brainstorm ideas, just comment below!


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Check out the amazing photos from the Book Release Party!

The book release party on Saturday, September 9th was amazing! Thank you to everyone who attended.

Click on the photo below to be taken to the PROUD emPOWERment Facebook Page.

If you were in attendance please tag yourself.

Thank you Niki Art Studio for taking the photos of the event.

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They’re here!!! PROUD emPOWERment copies are available.


If you live in the South Florida area copies are available for $10.00 (no shipping costs). Contact me for more information.

If you live outside of South Florida copies of the book are available on and as well as directly from this website.


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PROUD emPOWERment available TODAY!!!

Today’s the big day! PROUD emPOWERment is now available for purchase online. Click on the link above “Buy PROUD.”

If you’re attending the book release party…


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PROUD Book – Released this Saturday!

It’s just around the corner! PROUD emPOWERment for LGBTQA youth is being released THIS SATURDAY! At midnight on Friday I will make sure the Paypal links are up to begin purchasing. The workbooks to use in youth groups will be released in 2 additional weeks (Sept 22nd).

I am reeling with emotions, excitement, nervousness, gratitude, awe and pride!

I look forward to the feedback from the 1st Edition printing.

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PROUD emPOWERment Press Release


Mandi Hawke shares crucial self-esteem building empowerment techniques with LGBTQA youth


Fort Lauderdale, FL – August 30, 2012 –The first personal growth book written specifically for LGBTQA youth will be released to the public on Saturday, September 8, 2012,  6:00-8:00 pm, at the 1310 Artists Lofts in Ft. Lauderdale. Mandi Hawke, author of PROUD emPOWERment for LGBTQA Youth, will be available for autographs and a reading of excerpts from her landmark work.

“The purpose of the book is to assist at-risk LGBTQA Youth in identifying and making distinctions that can transform the way they perceive their physical world and alter the course of their lives for the better. The book encourages introspection on a variety of topics and provides exercises at the end of each chapter,” said Mandi Hawke.  Hawke continues, “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, as well as their straight allies, often face marginalization and harassment from their peers at home, school, and work.  I wrote PROUD emPOWERment with the messages and tools I wish I had been exposed to growing up.”

Mandi Hawke has been an active part in the creation and facilitation of youth empowerment movements in the LGBTQA community for the last 5 years. She is currently the Program Coordinator for Youth Services at SunServe in Wilton Manors.  SunServe is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social service agency serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community in South Florida.  She is also the Co-Executive Director for Drag it OUT whose mission is to provide a safe space for the LGBTQ community and their supporters who are interested in exploring gender identity, self-expression and community activism by way of educational workshops, social opportunities and artistic projects.

For more information about PROUD emPOWERment for LGBTQA youth, please visit or contact the author at or 954-213-7112.

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Business Cards Arrived

These cards are FIERCE! The black zebra stripes have spot UV and the rest is a matte finish. LOVE THEM!

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