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I Wish I Could Tell You



For more than twenty years Bob Tryanski has been delighting parents, teens, teachers and professionals with his humorous, warm, autobiographical tales, coming of age stories and yarns about the quirky complexities of modern day life. Bob is an award-winning writer, speaker, and storyteller from Lawrence, Kansas. He was born in Philadelphia, is a graduate of Syracuse University, and a former faculty member at the Newhouse School of Public Communications and Mississippi State University.  His new book, I Wish I Could Tell You, has been praised as “the perfect storybook to pass along to a child, a student, a friend, or a colleague as they approach significant turning points in life.”

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Bob Tryanski has been widely recognized as one of America’s top youth speakers and honored for his outstanding and innovative contributions to the development of leadership, service, and civic engagement in America’s youth.  In 2009, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Workshop Directors honored Bob's achievements with the prestigious Earl Reum Award.  The award, given to “an outstanding teacher of teachers”, recognizes outstanding leadership and commitment to the promotion of excellence in student activities.

Bob’s programs have been endorsed by organizations as diverse as United Way of America, The Martin Luther King Jr. National Youth Assembly, The National Association of Workshop Directors and The Congressional Youth Leadership Council.  He has spoken at conferences and schools in forty-seven U.S. states and addressed audiences from Canada, France, Russia, Japan and South Africa. 

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Bob Tryanski has been recognized by a wide variety of organizations for outstanding contributions to the development of leadership, service, and citizenship in America’s youth.  In 2009, Bob founded the “Keep It Campaign,” a national effort to increase civic engagement in America’s secondary schools.  “Keep It!” strives to make volunteer opportunities more accessible and meaningful for young people and to provide student leaders with training and opportunities to apply their leadership skills as social entrepreneurs.

In it’s inaugural project—The Campaign for Ivory Park—students from more than sixty schools in seven states have joined forces to “act locally, reach globally” by building a comprehensive community center in Ivory Park, one of the poorest townships in South Africa.  The students’ efforts have built a library and two kitchens,  sustained an eye clinic and supported a day care center that is now a self-sufficient business. For it's second project, "Keep It!" will focus on overcoming teen hunger in America.

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