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The Strength of My Mom

The Strength of My Mom

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Stinson talks about her mother's constant encouragement and how she taught her the importance of always giving back.

Olivia Joy's Biography

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina    
What She Wanted to Be When She Grew Up: Pediatrician, then fashion designer    
The First Book Read in Pen Pals: "Forged by Fire" by Sharon Draper    
Future Goal for Pen Pals: To expand all across the nation

Olivia Joy Stinson is the Founder and President of PEN Pals Book Club & Support Group For Children of Incarcerated Parents, an organization she started at the age of 14 to provide support and motivation for children of incarcerated parents in her home state of North Carolina. Five years later, the Charlotte-based organization has grown to include 25 volunteers and serves 3,500-4,000 children and 700-900 adults in the southeast region of the US.
 
Olivia is currently a sophomore at Winston-Salem State University, studying business administration and planning to minor in non-profit management. The ambitious teen was also an honors student at Mallard Creek High School and was recently recognized as a 2012 L’Oreal Paris Woman of Worth. Olivia aspires to become Editor-in-Chief of her own fashion magazine and grow PEN Pals Book Club into a nationwide program.

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