Millennial Resource Book “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

Cover-mediumI am very committed and passionate about providing our youth with the essential life skills/soft skills needed for success in today’s world. I have spent most of my adult life empowering others and myself. As a mother to two ‘tween’ boys, I felt the need to sit down and write something that will serve not only my sons but also all children. To that end, my book focuses on 10 essential life skills that the millennial youth can use and are crucial when making life choices: personal and professional. I feel strongly that it’s these life skills – along with a commitment to accountability, responsibility, speaking your truth and walking your walk – that will create the foundation for their success. This generation,our future leaders,needs to master these life skills/soft skills in order to challenge the current systems and create sustainable and executable changes.

It is also these life skills/soft skills/core competencies that employers are demanding today and complain our youth are missing, particularly effective communication. It comes down to our children being able to articulate their brand: who they are, the value they bring to an employer, learning to ask good questions and speak up in a respectful manner when challenging. Technology has swung the pendulum too far and we need to right it.

By mastering these life skills/soft skills we can encourage, guide and teach our children to speak up and out, cultivate relationships with the older population (Gen X,baby boomers and seniors), tap into the incredible wealth of knowledge in order to challenge what is not working and discard, take what is working and make our communities, businesses and governments more relevant to the needs of today and coming decades. We’re Not Gonna Take It is a call to action for all youth to be part of a tribe that will create this change.

It is my greatest gift to assist in this journey. For anyone that wants to be part of this movement for change email me at


  • Canada: Trade Paperback plus shipping & handling – $17.95
  • USA: 1 Trade Paperback plus shipping & handling – $17.95 – all duties and customs due upon receipt
  • International: 1 Trade Paperback $17.95 plus shipping & handling – VATS due upon receipt
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  • PDF version – $8.95

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“We got [the books] and love them. I have not read completely yet however we are going to use the 10 life skills as foundations for our monthly meetings next year in our mentoring program. Each month will have a focus on one aspect from the book. How cool is that!!! Thank you so much.
Melissa Ostrowski
School Counselor
Penn Manor High School, USA

“Finkelstein proves that a change in education system would be for the better. The better equipped youth are, the better economic prosperity Canada will begin to see. Overall this book gives youth tools to look at all of this and more. This book will take you beyond your graduating years and through life. Definitely a must read.
Celia Commisso, grade 10 student
Journalist for Vaughan Weekly
Article: Author pens life skills guide for young adults, Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book peer-reviewd by Lynn Sadlowski, (see full review)
Overall, the content is accessible to the audience with a variety of tools, exercises, and additional resources for further exploration. The book, the first in a series of three, is a good resource for young people and teachers hitting many relevant topics in the area of career development, post-secondary choice and job search.
Lynn Sadlowski
15 years in career and guidance education
Currently a career counsellor at Queen’s University

I just finished reading your book. I thought you offered great advice throughout! As a young person with a B.S. in Finance [I find] your book definitely sheds some light on the reality of money, debt, and the cost of living & education. I would recommend your book to any young person, or to any middle/high school.
Brandon Gross, 26 years old

“Sandra Finkelstein has written a timely and much-needed guide for young people and their mentors. It will be of interest to teachers, guidance counselors and youth workers who value the importance of soft-skilled development in young people. These are challenging times for young people in search of career paths and educational focus. The process can be daunting and confusing. Sandra’s book is both comprehensive and practical. It is filled with great insights and practical tools to help youth through the labyrinth of growing up. If can be used in whole or in part. It is the kind of book one “does,” rather than simply read, and the exercises are particularly helpful with addressing all aspects of life-skills development.”
Stephen Weiman MSW RSW, psychotherapist and youth mentor

“My hope for this book is that it will reach as many youth as possible and that they won’t have to face the struggles I did after graduation because I was not fully prepared.”
Jimmy Budny, 28 years old


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