Adra Young


Adra Young is a native of Gary, Indiana. She is an Acting Coach, Actress, and Educator. Graduating from Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana in 1990. Young was accepted and attended the prestigious Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Majoring in Education, she took her first shot at acting on university's campus. Receiving her Bachelors Degree in Education,Ms. Young has dedicated over seventeen years of service as a teacher to the youth of Detroit, Michigan. Obtaining her Masters Degree from the University of Detroit in 1999, she majored in Education Administration. In 2005, Ms. Young wrote her first acting and socialization guide for the youth titled, The Everyday Living of Children and Teens Monologues.

Venturing off into the world of business in 2006, Ms. Young created ARDANNYL. ARDANNYL is an after school performing arts company that provides acting, singing,and dance, art, and creative writing to youngsters five days a week. Her second book, The Everyday Living of Children and Teens Monologues Volume II is a sequel to the first. Modeling the same concept as the first, Volume II is a realistic testament of the dilemmas and situations that today's youth have been exposed to.

In 2009, Ms. Young paired up with author,Arts and Community activist Ms. Tracie Christian to create the Live Ladies of Literature Movement. On a mission to positively get the South East Region of Michigan back in stride, they provided exciting, and refreshing new events for adults and children desiring to participate in the artistic arena.
Towards the later part of 2009, Young became the socialization skills provider for the Detroit Impact Center in Detroit. Her third book, The Misfits, is scheduled to be released in 2013.

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Author Adra Young's second successful year at the Detroit Impact Center
The youth of Detroit share their thoughts on author Adra Young's 2011 socialization skills program.

The Misfits Book Trailer
This book trailer produced by Tracie E. Christian allows readers the opportunity to visualize the plot of my latest book titled the Misfits. Watching this video will definitely grab the attention of anyone who was ever bullied or is still enduring it.

Adra's 2014 Video Promo for Urban Station Radio
Recognized as a international book reviewer in 2013, Young joined the Urban Nation Radio family the winter of 2014 to host The Cooks and Books Showl.


The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues Volume II
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 13,640. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Student life
To all the fans of the first guide, The Everyday Living of Children and Teens Monologues, Volume II is finally here! Acknowledged for creating an acting guide that placed a direct emphasis on promoting appropriate socialization skills, Ms. Young is back with fifty-two additional acts that address the multifaceted issues that kids of today's generation are faced with.
The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 11,880. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Growing Up
The Every Day Living Of Children & Teens Monologues is a collection of 51 actual events that have taken place in the lives of children and teenagers.

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  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on June 30, 2010

    As literary artist, it's important to understand the many and various ways to sale books in the 21st century. Coker provides the marketing and promoting information necessary for todays self published authors to take their books sales to the next level through the utilization of e-books. Ofcourse, nothing comes without the hard work put behind it however, it's good know that the steps necessary to get your literary works exposed to the e-book world is only a few tips to follow through on and joining several e-book board communities. Thank you for your wealth of knowledge. In addition I truly appreciate the don't waste your money tip on board circuit press release companies. Adra Young Author of: The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues Series
  • Who Is He To You on Aug. 28, 2010

    Like no other fictional book I've ever read! Two thumbs up for Mensah! Being an avid reader, I must admit that a book over 240 pages usually does not keep my attention. I can assure you that this one will. Simone the main character in this book lives one terrible life. Only 14 years of age she endures both family related stress as well as school dysfunction. They say that sometimes beauty can be a curse and in this case it truly was. Born a bi-racial child to parents Jessica and Anthony Pembroke, Jessica not only catches hell at school with jealous young ladies and young men with their hormones racing everywhere, a family member ends up desiring, wanting, and having the wrong type of love for their very own child. The twist and turns in this book keep you flipping the pages only leaving you wanting more. Other characters in this book such as Ryan only add more to this very exciting plot. As Ryan enters into a hard but yet "self love" phase in her life, she comes to also find that in the process of loving herself, she unintentionally ends up saving a teenagers life. I'm looking forward to reading Mensah's next book. I'm curious to find out how Simone is coping with everything that has happened to her thus so far. Adra Young Author of: The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues Series Socialization Skills Provider for the Detroit Impact Center
  • Smoke Screen on Sep. 26, 2011

    Mensah's third book, titled Smoke Screen, brings us up to date with the current status of Simone, her main character from her first book Who is he to you. Simone is all grown up now. Despite of the sexual abuse she endured as a child, she has made some efforts to put her past behind her. Running a nonprofit organization for sexually abused girls, she ensures that the young ladies receive what they need to heal properly from what they all had unfortunately endured. There is one young lady by the name of Payton who recently started receiving services with Simone's agency. Although Simone loves all of the young ladies equally, there's something special about Payton she can't seem to put her finger on. Jessica, mother of Simone, makes it her business to bond with her daughter with the remaining time she has left over from filming her new reality show. Jessica is on a mission to help her daughter find a good man. Finding a good was the furthest thing from Simone's mind. That was until she met Lawrence. Other characters from Mensah's first book have resurface as well. Ryan has moved on with her life and has gotten married. Lauren, her best friend is doing great as a Defense Attorney partner for one of the most prestigious firms in Detroit. Together they share a secret that has the power to strengthen or destroy a marriage. Meanwhile, there is a major problem occurring in Detroit. Men keep coming up dead and Detroit's finest is having a challenge trying to figure out who this "Man Eater" is. The ending to Mensah's latest book is wild!
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on May 27, 2013

    Every time I read one of Coker's books, I feel as if I'm taking one of my favorite college prerequisite's courses once again. The Secrets to Ebook publishing is the kind of read that keeps indie authors such as myself having continuous "Aha Moments." From sharing the best way to sell your books, or the reason why your e-book may simply not be having any success at all, this book is great for all authors simply to trying to raise the bar revenue wise. I liked the fact that there were some secrets I already had knowledge on. On the other hand, I loved the fact that there were a lot of secrets listed that I simply were not aware of. The information provided allows me now to look upon the e-books that I write from a wide range of various angles. The e-book terminology towards the end of the book comes in very handy as well. More importantly, Coker chooses to provide all this priceless information for free to any author who's simply interested at getting better at their craft. Thanks again Coker.