The dramatic, real-world experiences of hard-to-reach youth inspire these vivid and compelling essays on effectively connecting with disengaged children. Written by an ex–gang member and former unreachable kid, the jargon-free approach helps adults be intentional about engagement and turn seemingly dire situations into inspirational success stories. Underlying each account is an emphasis on the need for a focused, ongoing dialogue with at-risk young people about their unique strengths and opportunities to be healthy, vibrant members of society--against all odds. The positive method embodies Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets™ and includes five detailed asset-building suggestions.
About the Authors:
Kareem Moody is the program director of P.A.R.K. (Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids), an after-school program—founded by All-Pro NFL Tight-End Keith Jackson—that gives underachieving students in eighth through twelfth grades a chance to go to college and receive a scholarship. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. Anitra Budd is an editor and freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in several regional and national publications, including the fedgazette and Rain Taxi Review of Books. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.