The $1000 Pledge – January Update

Well, we are well on our way to reaching the $1000 donation goal.

Phase One is complete

In January, I got the approval of MCCNY’s Homeless LGBTQ Youth Services to publicize my pledge to their organization.  This was a critical step, because, without their support, this whole process would have fallen apart.  I have already begun sending out messages rallying support for the cause and have seen some great feedback.  This is, however, only the beginning.

Onto Phase Two: Raising Money

Oh yeah, I have to raise money.  One thousand dollars is a lot for me to scrape together on my own, but not impossible.  The benefit of raising money through book sales is that it helps me spread awareness as well as achieve my goal of giving a substantial donation at the end of the year.

The days in January were spent setting up the relationship between me and MCCNY.  Even so, I’ve already seen a boost in sales and that is a positive sign.

One-twelfth of 2013 is already over and a lot can happen in eleven months.

The $1000 Pledge

The Writing Teacher pledges $1000 to a homeless youth shelter in NYC.

My name is Jeremiah Kleckner. I am a public school teacher and author. In June of 2012, Jeremy Marshall and I self-published Captain James Hook and the Curse of Peter Pan, an alternate take on the Peter Pan novel by J. M. Barrie. Part of the message in the book is a new perspective on Peter Pan’s irresponsibility and mistreatment of the Lost Boys.

But that is fantasy.

There is a reality of child abuse, neglect, abandonment, and homelessness.

MCCNY CharitiesMCCNY Homeless Youth Services is committed to turning the short time (up to 90 days) that youth spend as residents into a time of growth, safety and opportunity. MCCNY Homeless Youth Services provides: emergency overnight services, connections to long-term housing, case management, advocacy groups, showers, and hot meals. MCCNY Homeless Youth Services prioritizes the most underserved LGBTQI youth, including transgender and intersex youth, youth experiencing trauma, and those living with HIV/AIDS.” – Quoted from:

In 2013, I want to donate $1000 dollars to MCCNY Charities exclusively through book sales. Together, we can help support the essential services this shelter provides.

What can you do?

Buy the book. Go to Amazon or CreateSpace (for paperback) and get your copy.

Spread the word. Write a review of the book. Retweet and Share my posts about the great work MCCNY does and about my $1000 pledge (or simply copy and paste these as your status).

With funding from the state of New York on the decline, every dollar matters. Subscribe to this site, like me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter to keep up to date on our progress in meeting this goal.