About the Book
Book: The Me I See In You
Author: Angeles Echols
Genre: Coffee Table Inspirational
Release date: November 7, 2022
Take a peek into the eyes of our future…and be encouraged.
The Me I See in You is a testament of the commitment, dedicated educators and caring communities have in changing the trajectory of young lives. In it, you’ll meet graduates with incredible stories and extraordinary outcomes, thanks to the academic, emotional, and social resources provided by EYM and a caring core base of teachers, mentors, family, friends, funders, and the EYM board of directors.
“When asked what I see on the horizon for our youth, I see in my youth the essence of what it is “to be human,” to dream, do the work, to love, and forgive with grace. Through tears, triumphs, disappointments, successes, failures, inequities, biases and racism, I see a world full of hope because our youth with guidance and support will not waiver. They will continue to strive to be and share their best selves with unlimited potential.
I think not only of these former students but each child that has come across my path and the me I see in each of them!” –Angeles Echols
Yvette, a little chocolate beauty who was once teased, but now with an MD and Master’s degree, is a role model for young Black women and girls.
LaShia, who rolled her neck and eyes at me and adamantly told us what she was and was not going to do at EYM… I smiled and asked her mom to leave the room. (What was said in that room, we will never tell)
Todd, who sat at my desk and reviewed EYM’s online programming, discovered flaws, said “Don’t cry, Ms. Echols, I can fix this,” and built EYM’s online interactive platform, Access/No Excuse (ANE).
Adam, who built the teacher, student online tutorial component of (ANE) while attending Cal Tech and teaching at EYM part-time.
Ashley, who gave me a hug and said, “Take my credit card and get what you need for EYM. I will bring my team and design the landscape for EYM.” Shot during a drive-by, she’s forgiving and, refuses to be bitter.
Rob, seeking that street credit as a teen, now a film producer and director, reminds me frequently that EYM saved his life. I then remind him that he saved himself, with God’s grace and the support of his family and village!
Themba, reminds me that the potential of an EYM graduate is without boundaries. Never giving up or giving in, he passed the California State Bar and continued to reach back to help others, producing the first EYM golf tournament!
Suha, a gentle soft spoken EYM graduate, now in Medical School, who became a tutor at EYM and quietly showered me with love and encouragement as an adult.
When you look upon a child whose eyes have already begun to dim due to deferred hope don’t speculate on how long it will take before the light is completely extinguished—find a way to set it ablaze.
They were placed on the floor, in the corners for students to study on when I ran out of chairs, and table space. Where the math, science, and literature books I took out of LAUSD trash bins—with the help of janitors and a twenty-dollar tip—were cleaned and sanitized with ivory soap, bleach, a handheld blow dryer, a clean white towel, and a lot of patience and love.
Growing up in the Lemoyne Garden Projects (now demolished) in Memphis, Tennessee, I remember my mother would wash our hair, the dishes, and our clothes with Ivory soap. If it worked then, I did not see why it would not work on books from the Los Angeles School District. As challenging as it was, I found Ivory soap in Los Angeles. Interestingly, the bar of soap had to be white. Racial, ethnic, and financial disparities ingrained in me as a child continued to dictate my behavior as an adult.
Wilton Street and Hobart Blvd. are the two EYM apartment locations that always soften my heart when I think of them. It was at these locations that the EYM culture and methodology were formulated. In my old yellow BMW, that overheated after 30 miles, I would make certain there were gallons of water in the trunk as I picked students up before tutorial from schools in Santa Monica and Inglewood and took others home after tutorial because I did not want them on a bus late at night, going back to South Central Los Angeles.
At EYMs apartment locations, I discovered that teaching, mentoring, and inspiring kids was much easier than cooking for them.
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About the Author
Angeles LaRose Patricia Echols was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from Cornell University, where she earned her B.A. in psychology, with an emphasis in child development and human behavior. While attending Cornell, Angeles discovered a love for the arts and teaching. In Ithaca’s downtown community centers and in the local Baptist church. After much prayer and soul searching, the path was chosen for her. She would become an advocate for children: an educator and mentor, empowering children, parents, and families.
Angeles founded Educating Young Minds Tutorial Program, reaching at-risk children and their families, channeling their energies toward achieving excellence. She accomplished this by linking high expectations with socio-academic improvement, proven teaching and learning strategies and activities for students with varied needs, skills and abilities.
The truest testament to Angeles’ work is the young men and women who graduate from EYM, succeed at college, and then return to their communities as role models and as leaders.
Her new book, “The Me I See In You” highlights some of the students that have graduated from EYM, accomplished many of their academic and professional goals and have come back to support EYM in various ways. You will be encouraged by their stories.
This is not Angeles Echols’ first foray into writing. She is the author of interactive bio- Ray Charles, The Man. The Music, The Legacy (commissioned by the Ray Charles Foundation).
Angeles lives in California with her husband. When she is not running her business or writing, Angeles travels with her husband.