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12 Year old Madison Strempek is the #1 Best Selling Author of “Everyone Makes Mistakes: Living With My Daddy In Jail.” She’s one of our youngest Life Changers at Life Changers 180.
In February 2015, she was told the devastating news that her father was going to jail. She didn’t let the heartache hold her back. Madison and her mother began looking for material for Madison to read to help her through her situation. There was a lack of honest material to a kid by kid. Madison, on her own, decided to write a book to every kid in the world with an incarcerated parent. She wanted to let them know that it is okay to love your parents, mistakes and all.
Since writing her book, she has written a letter and received a response from the President of the United States, spoke at the White House Convening on Women in the Criminal Justice System and introduced Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, will be a keynote speaker at the International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents (INCCIP), has been featured in various articles, and is scheduled to speak throughout the country. Madison had the honor a of speaking at the Family League of Baltimore's conference as a keynote speaker.
Madison has been honored as a Orioles Birdland Community Hero for inspiring people through her spirited commitment to extend a hand in charity, hope, service, and harmony.
When Madison isn’t helping inspire change in the world, she’s your typical girl. Madison loves playing her violin, training in Tang Soo Do, and hanging out with her friends.
“Your voice is important, and I trust you will keep working hard to pursue your dreams. I want you to hold on to the optimism and resolve that have brought you this far, and I am confident you will continue to do great things.” President of the United States of America, Barack Obama
“Thank you, Madison, for that wonderful introduction, for using your voice and your passion to fight for justice and for showing other kids who are going through a difficult experience that they are not alone. You are living proof that one person – no matter how young or how old – can make a difference and I hope that you’ll keep speaking out to make sure that we do right by everyone in this country, including people like your dad. I promise you that I will, too.” Attorney General, Loretta Lynch
“Your intro of Attorney General, Loretta Lynch was 100% Madison. Thanks for speaking up for you dad and other kids of incarcerated parents.” Piper Kerman