In 2015, Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words, LLC published "Nelson Beats The Odds", an inspiring graphic novel that celebrates friendship, resilience and empowerment. Nelson, the books' main character, overcomes his learning disability and ADHD diagnosis with the help of his parents and special education teacher. Since releasing Nelson Beats the Odds, Sidney has been featured on Fox and Friends Weekend, MichaeLA, NPR, Understood.org, and NBC 12 News.
Sidney is both a best-selling and award winning author. "Rest in Peace RaShawn" completes a trinity of quality young adult literature by Sidney, including his second book "Tameka's New Dress". All three books in the Nelson Beats the Odds series inspire confidence in children, especially children of color, and encourage a fondness for reading and a heightened level of social awareness; Sidney's stories equip kids with a broader understanding of America's current culture and climate.
Rest in Peace ReShawn Reloaded was selected for the Recommended Book List for the 2018 In the Margins Book Award. A committee of librarians who work with marginalized
youth decided Ronnie’s book was an outstanding fit to recommend to other groups who work with marginalized youth. Rest in Peace ReShawn Reloaded was also an honorable mention
award winner for the 2018 Young Adult Virginia Authors (YAVA) award.
Ronnie's early academic challenges ignited a passion within him to pursue social justice and to work with the youth. He has spent over eight years in the mental health and academic counseling fields and currently works as an outpatient therapist at a community services board in Virginia. Ronnie is an active member of the Richmond Association of Black Social Workers (RABSW). He founded Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words, an expressive writing program for offenders. He implemented the program at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia for six months before expanding the program into an LLC. The company's mission is to improve participants' social, emotional, and physical health through therapeutic writing and dialogue.
Ronnie Sidney, II, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), is a father, therapist, author, app developer, professional speaker and entrepreneur. He received a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. Ronnie was raised in Tappahannock, Virginia, and attended Essex County Public Schools (ECPS). While attending ECPS, he spent several years in Special Education after being diagnosed with a learning disability. The stigmatization of special education created a lack of interest in school. Nevertheless, he graduated from Essex High School in 2001, but with a 1.8 GPA.
With limited options regarding four-year colleges, he decided to enroll in J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia. The following year, he transferred to Old Dominion University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services in 2006. In 2017, Old Dominion University honored Ronnie with the 2017 Darden Award. The award is given to Darden College of Education alumnus who have made outstanding achievements.
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Sidney was inspired to develop the Nelson Beats The Odds Comic Creator app for iOS and Android mobile devices. Ronnie created the app so that children and adults can share inspirational photos and stories about how they beat the odds on social media. For more information visit the author's website at www.creative-medicine.com.