Albany Students Participate in Danny Dollar Academy

Students in the 4th Family after school program in Albany, NY have spent the past few weeks participating in Danny Dollar Academy, a financial literacy, economics and entrepreneurship program run by Northern Kentucky University. You can find an article about the implementation of Danny Dollar Academy at 4th Family here:

Ty Discusses Financial Literacy on PIX11 News

Ty was recently featured on NY local news station PIX11 for the second time in the last year to discuss financial literacy and his newest book Make Your Own Money: How Kids Can Earn It, Save It, Spend It, and Dream Big. Ty and Marysol discuss how parents can help their children start saving money, setting goals, and dreaming big at a young age.

You can check out Ty’s previous interview with Marysol at PIX11 here:

Author Visits Create Lifelong Readers

There isn’t a parent or teacher alive who doesn’t want their children or students to love reading. Many adults know the power of reading and are aware of how childhood literacy leads to better outcomes later in life. But there is something missing in our attempts to inspire kids to read, and it’s pretty fundamental: We are not providing children with inspiring reading role models. Kids are inspired by cultural icons and leaders. That’s why so many children want to be basketball players like LeBron James or ballerinas like Misty Copeland. But they don’t often see authors portrayed as the literacy rock stars that they are. This is why school author visits matter! Author visits can….

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Ty Allan Jackson: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

We have huge news… 

This year, Ty Allan Jackson is serving as Commencement speaker for the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Class of 2021, and has received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters!! 🤯🥳 

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Personalized Video Messages!

Does your child or a child you know love Ty’s books? Well we have good news: Ty will send a short inspirational video message to them, for free! 🤗🎉 Can you imagine how cool it would be to get a personal message from your favorite author? What better way to encourage reading than to help kids create a connection with an author. So message us through InstagramFacebook, or email and let us know the child’s name and where to send the video. We can’t wait to brighten their day! 🌈

Introducing “Story Time with Ty”

There is nothing more important to us than getting kids excited about reading 🤗📖. And we feel like one of the best ways to do that is to help them develop a personal connection with their favorite authors. Ty visits classrooms around the country (virtually, of course) to do read alouds for students, which is always SO much fun. The kids love it, the teachers love it, and Ty loves it! Win, win, win! But we want to reach even more kids. So every Thursday at 7PM EST, Ty will do a live Story Time With Ty, in which (you guessed it) Ty will read stories to your kids! 🥳  Once a week, Ty will jump on Instagram and Facebook Live at 7, read a story, and engage with viewers. We will also post all of the videos after in case you can’t make it. Tell all your friends, and we can’t wait to see you there!

Ty Interviewed by Marvel Hero Jahkil Jackson

Most of you know that Ty and Danny Dollar made an appearance on a Marvel’s Hero Project episode featuring Sidney Keys, a young man who was inspired by Ty’s book to create a book club for black boys. Well we just discovered that ANOTHER Marvel’s Hero Project member was influenced by Danny Dollar!!! That’s right, not one, but TWO Marvel Heroes!!

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Ty Featured in Formidable Men Magazine

“Ty Allan Jackson – Helping Kids Find Their Superpower in Reading”

We always knew it, but now it’s an irrefutable fact: Ty Allan Jackson is a Formidable Man💪🏾. Last week Ty was interviewed by Gracia Rich at Formidable Men Magazine about his efforts to promote reading and financial literacy in children. Ty discusses his toughest hurdles as an independent author, his idea of a perfect date (ooh-la-la!) and what’s next for the Ty Allan Jackson team.

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Photos by Bill Wright

How to Expand on Black History Month

by Ty Allan Jackson

As an author, I’ve had the privilege of visiting schools all across the country. It’s such an enlightening experience to engage with students and educators from all different cultures, races, and economic backgrounds, particularly in February during Black History Month. Whether I’m visiting a predominately black or a predominantly white school during that month, the theme is the same: learning about black leaders who struggled mightily in the face of unimaginable adversity to create equality for black people. While I believe that black history needs to be taught in every school, it can’t be the only aspect of black culture that we teach our children. And it usually is. In my opinion there are two big issues with this approach: it focuses too much on struggle, and too much on the past.

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