The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that there are currently 11 million youths who are out of high school but do not have jobs. They come from every social and economic group, not just lower-income homes. More and more, these youths are crossing the line between the mainstream and the underground, lured by the benefits street life possesses. Too often, these teens realize too late the street is a dead end that takes them only to jail or, worst of all, death.
In Bring Them Back Alive, Jose de Olivares, the acting deputy national director of the $1.5 billion a year Job Corps program, offers his Streetwise Strategy-practical steps for bringing disenfranchised teens off the streets and back into mainstream society. Conversational but unflinching, this insightful guide is written without pretension, political agenda or lofty theorizing. It offers concrete examples of the ways teens think about and react to a number of situations. This important work if a necessary manual for teachers, parents and anyone concerned about the well being and the future of America's youth.
I have a 16-year old grandson I've raised. I'm using your techniques at home and he is responding. Thank you.
— D.H., San Antonio, TX
This book is excellent in terms of helping understand why teenagers get into trouble. Additionally, I consider it to be a textbook for community change. It gives a message of faith and optimism that should give us new resolve in the never-ending community building obligations that we all share.
— Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks, Executive Director Emeritus, NAACP
Presents a compelling, sensible explanation of why and how young people make the choice between the street and the mainstream. More importantly, it presents a practical, effective strategy that positions adults to engage youth currently living the street life in a process that will guide them to become productive adults.
— Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Author of But I'm almost 13! (McGraw-Hill)
Takes the reader on a thought provoking journey, filled with poignant observations, sound conclusions and practical advice. The hard hitting text will resonate with anyone who has dealt with the frustrating complexities of teenage turmoil.
— Dr. F. Craig Sudbury, Vice President of Program Development, Management and Training Corporation
A great tool with great insight. There are not many people in America who would not benefit from reading this book
— Col. Herbert P. Fritts (Retired), Director, Louisiana National Guard Job Challenge Program
Provides practical insight from the author's own experiences on the streets and his work with troubled youth. His writing [style] and extensive use of examples allow for easy reading and application of his advice.
— Youth Today
A powerful book. I have a teenage daughter and the book is now a part of my must-have-toolkit.
— M.K., Washington, DC
Clearly aimed at people who are out in the trenches dealing with teenagers, and well crafted to reach those people. It makes a great deal of sense.
— Dr. Donald Arnstine, Professor Emeritus of Education, University of California - Davis. Author of Democracy and the Arts of Schooling (SUNY Pre
A must read for anyone who knows a teenager in trouble or headed for trouble. The premise of the book is brilliant, and the suggested interventions are actual tools that work! We have purchased a copy for every employee in our company.
— Dr. Jennifer Wild, President, Applied Technology Systems, Inc.
It is definitely an eye opener and a useful tool for those of us who work with or have teenagers in our home or care on a daily basis.
— Booker T. Jones, President and CEO, MINACT, Inc.
Tough, practical, and hopeful steps recommended.
— Linda Beck,; Library Journal
Indispensable to anyone who parents or teaches adolescents. De Olivares offers a list of practical suggestions for fostering mutual-respect. More than a how-to guide.
— Teacher Magazine
A clear explanation of how and why teens cross into the dangerous at-risk lifestyle.
About the Author:
José M. de Olivares has spent the past 40 years helping teenagers straighten out their lives. He currently helps to shape national youth policy as Regional Director, USDOL, ETA, Office of Job Corps. He resides in Dallas, Texas.