Affirm Press is delighted to announce that Letter to My Teenage Self, published earlier this month, has already raised an impressive $20,000 for the Reach Foundation.

Letter to My Teenage Self is the passion project of teenager Grace Halphen who, after having a tough time transitioning between schools, set out to create a book that would help other teenagers feel reassured and less isolated when they went through tough times. The book features letters from 55 prominent Australians offering the advice they wish they’d heard when they were growing up.

All profits from the book are being donated to the Reach Foundation, which exists to help every Australian teenager reach their full potential.

‘Reach is a great organisation and, as a young person who experienced challenge at school, I’m so happy that this money can go towards helping other kids feel more comfortable,’ said Grace.

‘This book is a true demonstration of the potential of an empowered young person,’ said Chris Naish, CEO of Reach. ‘Grace is an inspiring example and our most successful young fundraiser!  We are so grateful to Grace, the community, and to all those who shared their stories. We hope the positive message will resonate with those who need it most.’

Letter to My Teenage Self is a natural fit for Affirm Press, which has a history of publishing profit-fo-purpose books and has partnered with the Reach Foundation in the past.

‘We get enormous satisfaction from helping to create books that provide solutions to social challenges,’ says Martin Hughes, Publishing Director of Affirm Press. ‘I’m delighted we could make this book both affordable and a good fundraiser for Reach. Thanks to Grace, and everyone in the industry for backing it’.

The public is invited to join in the discussion on teenage health and social inclusion by sharing the advice they wish they knew growing up through the hashtag #WhatIKnowNow