Get to know AnyĆ©…

AnyĆ© Young is a teen advocate for prison reform best known for the book she self-published when she was 16 years old: Teen Guide to Living With Incarcerated Parents (#TGLWIP). Since the release of her book, Young has shared her story and experiences as a child with a father serving a 12-year prison sentence — for a non-violent offense under mandatory minimum laws — to help teens in similar situations overcome the shame they may feel due to social stigma.

With #TGLWIP, she empowers and inspires children, teens, and young adults who have parents in prison. Young also provides invaluable insight to single parents and extended family members raising children with incarcerated parents in order to help them gain a better understanding of the challenges children face. She offers #TGLWIP as a guide for teenagers, like her, who are determined to succeed in life no matter the circumstances. In August 2020, #TGWLIP was translated and released in Seoul (Korea). Young looks forward to serving as a keynote speaker in Seoul for SEUM: the charity organization who spearheaded her book translation project. The publishing service in Seoul was provided by Hakjisa Publisher, Inc. on behalf of SEUM Executive Director; Lee Kyung-rim.

Young is also an international keynote speaker featured by Huddersfield University (England, UK), Harvard University, The Osborne Association NY, Arizona State University (ASU), FAMM Foundation, Howard University, #WeGotUsNow, ScholarChips, and Peace First. She now serves as an Ambassador for Peace First as well as the International Coalition for Children With Incarcerated Parents ( Young continues to share her story along with lessons learned while coping with the challenges of life away from her father and in a single-parent home.

Due to being awarded a 4-year tuition scholarship, Young lives in Los Angeles (CA) and is now a rising junior at the University of Southern California. She majors in Dramatic Arts. She was also awarded a $10,000 scholarship to help cover some of her college expenses. This scholarship was presented to her by ScholarChips and funded in whole by The Family Foundation in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Young continues to serve as a keynote speaker and is currently the Producer for a documentary film in pre-production — FOR KIDS LIKE ME — where she will also be featured as a teen advocate and feature the organizations who continue to support her in her professional endeavors. FOR KIDS LIKE ME (#FKLMdoc) is a documentary film dedicated to teens and young adults who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

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A teen advocate for prison reform and the author of #TGLWIP, which was self-published in 2018 and translated in 2020 by Hakjisa Publisher Inc house in Seoul, Korea. An international keynote speaker featured in the UK and U.S.A.


A graduate of James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, Maryland with a Certificate in Video Production. Now attending the University of Southern California and majoring in Dramatic Arts. Slated to begin filming #FKLMdoc in 2021.