Candace Gish, creator of the Divas That Care series, discusses her new compilation, Young Divas That Care.
About the book: Think big and follow your passion.
That’s exactly what the seventeen young women in Young Divas That Care have done. Through personal struggles with family, bullying, depression, and life-threatening medical conditions and a desire to empower others, these young women combine their passions with volunteerism to make a difference in the world. Today, they are impacting a variety of people across the globe—from young girls looking to enter the field of technology to the disabled people of Sri Lanka.
Just as these young women have overcome obstacles in order to help others, you will be inspired by their inspirational stories, poems, and essays to see the best in others and think big in order to become a changemaker.
Tell us about yourself, the Divas That Care series, and what was the inspiration behind the series. Hello, my name is Candace Gish and I am hard at work every single day in my mission to redefine the term DIVA.
I created the Divas That Care Network because I am the mother of four beautiful girls who look to me to model the hope and countless opportunities that lie in their futures. I recognize and salute the power that a true DIVA holds. A strong, informed, and empowered woman is a force to be reckoned with and admired. She will not back down or accept no for an answer. She works hard and pays her dues on her path to success, but not without often being overlooked and discounted by others, due to her self-assuredness. She is a giver, loyal, and dedicated, but her passion is often mistaken for overconfidence.
So, what does DIVAS stand for?
- A woman who is Determined to reach her goals.
- Individuals who celebrate their uniqueness.
- Those who are Victorious in conquering their fears.
- Someone who is Always ready to speak out about things that are important to them.
- Someone who others are able to rely on.
Our new series, Young Divas That Care, focuses on girls aged 14-20 who are willing to share their stories and testaments of trials and victories to inspire their peers. They are using their voices in innovative and positive ways to make the world a better place.
In 25 words or less, tell us about Young Divas That Care: Amazing young women that share their personal journeys to inspire not only their peers but women of all ages around the world.
Seeing such young women making a difference in the world is pretty amazing. Does it surprise you that young people can have such an impact? No, it doesn’t surprise me. I think youth has this amazing ability to not have limits that they put upon themselves. They see endless possibilities. I think it is our duty to guide and support them and not confine them.
What inspires you and why? Today, and always, my daughters are my inspiration, I see the world through their eyes and I am always in awe. I want to know that I have left this world a better place.
Tell us more about your radio show and the Divas That Care Network. The Divas That Care Network started 10 years ago as a way to record amazing stories about women that I met and then share them with my daughters as they grew up. I could never have imagined that in 2020 we would have a total of 20 hosts joining this movement. We have this platform that we interview amazing people from around the world. All their stories are unique and empowering like the people they are. I am excited with the number of listeners we have through Africa and Asia. Right now we are listened to in over 25 countries and we are continuing to grow. It is inspiring to see the ripple effect we are creating.
What are some exciting things coming up for the show in 2020? With all the amazing people we have connected with over the years we have decided to start having virtual submits online. Some of these will be specifically for our Young Divas. We have more in the works but won’t be announcing it quite yet.
Can you tell us about the next book in the Divas That Care series? I am very excited how our next book is coming in the Young Divas Series as it will have more young women from other countries sharing their stories. We really want to share as many stories around the world as we can.
Read an Excerpt of Young Divas That Care:
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About the Author:
Candace Gish is a motivator and empowering change agent who understands the challenges women face while finding success in their everyday lives and businesses. She is an advocate for mentorship and strong, supportive networks.
Her four daughters and wonderful husband have inspired her to create a better world, thus the Divas That Care Network was born. Candace enjoys connecting with goal-oriented women and a commitment to make a difference. She believes in the power of women converging to implement change and has ensured that the purpose of Divas That Care movement quantifies just that.
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