Reading and Real Life- The Journey to the Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education Curriculum

When I published my first book, Life After Birth- A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother

I had no idea the impact it would have on students and adults. I was just telling my story. And I had no idea that people all over the world would be reading my story including students and teen moms. And many of those even said, “I don’t even like to read, but I love reading this (Life After Birth).”

Literacy Life Skills and Character Education Curriculum

I had no idea the impact my first book would have on literacy.

After repeated requests to have a curriculum to go with my book. I came up with the idea to create the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum (and workbooks) which would support parents and educators, improve student’s interest in reading. And their self-esteem and motivation, and their outlooks on what was possible for their lives. 

So I started my research to learn as much as I could about literacy, life skills, and character education. Also on how to educate and motivate students using my own life story. In the next several blog posts, I’ll share what I learned or what was reinforced and how it all came together to create a curriculum that has already changed thousands of lives…and I am beyond grateful. 

I’ll start first with the basic skill that is required to even know what is written on the pages of my book- literacy.



I’m Summer Owens, and my passion is helping youth and young adults realize success no matter what obstacles they face. As an international resilience and leadership keynote speaker, author, S.O. What! Success Coach, and creator of the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum, I empower people to say, “So what!” to even their greatest challenges.  provide a framework to help people see past their challenges and focus on solutions using the S.O. What! Success System (Overcome Obstacles + Eliminate Excuses + Calculate Choices = S.O. What! Success). Through keynotes, workshops, books, online courses, and workbooks, I use life’s challenges and my own story of resilience as a rape survivor and teen mom success story to help others confidently pursue their dreams.

Looking for an inspiring college motivational speaker? A high school literacy curriculum? A middle school life skills workbook? A great example for teen mothers? A women’s empowerment or single mother’s conference speaker?  I’m your girl and will help any audience say, “S.O. What!”.