HPU Freshman Helps Kids Make Right Choices Through 'Inside Out' Book and DVD

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 24, 2010 – High Point University freshman Chandler DeWitt knows about peer pressure and making the right choices as a teen – after all, she is one. And she gets kids to really think about making the right choices through her book, “Inside Out: Real Stories about the Inner Choices That Shape our Lives,” published by Parents & Company.

Her book will also soon feature a companion DVD – and filming for that took place at High Point on Feb. 19. The DVD will not only accompany DeWitt’s book, but may also air on TV stations nationwide as part of the Connect with Kids television series – reality-based programming that gets kids to think and talk about the choices they make, be it alcohol, drugs, skipping school, standing up for others and standing up for themselves.

DeWitt explains her parents own a video company that produces educational curricula and the Connect with Kids television series. When they opted to add books to the mix, she says they approached her with the idea.

“They asked me if I wanted to write a book for their company with the help of their co-workers,” DeWitt says. “I jumped at the opportunity, and I felt that even if not everyone agreed or related exactly to me, that I could still provide an authentic outlook into most situations that kids face.”

Her book, published in January 2010, is further discussed through the documentary DVD.

“I spoke about different topics discussed in the book, and also gave insight for parents to help them relate to their children,” DeWitt says. “I also shared some insight in the hopes of helping kids find their own inner voice.”

DeWitt, who is a student in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, says writing books is certainly on par with her major. While she has not yet decided exactly what her career will be, she knows that she wants to continue encouraging children.

“I want to help kids to embrace all of the opportunities they are given,” she says. “I want them to be true to themselves and really try to find their passions. It is important for all kids to establish their values and find their inner voice so that they can discover who they are at their inner core.”

For more information about DeWitt’s book and DVD, visit http://www.connectwithkids.com/.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration



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