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    Reclaiming Youth at Risk provides research, publications, and training opportunities to create environments where children, families, and communities thrive.

Reclaiming Youth at Risk

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Reclaiming Youth at Risk

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For over a quarter of a century since its first publication, Reclaiming Youth at Risk has been embraced by professionals in schools, treatment settings, juvenile justice, and youth work. Our small book identifies traditional Native American values of Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity as essential to the well-being of all humans. This model known as the Circle of Courage is portrayed as a medicine wheel by Lakota artist George Bluebird. These strength-based principles have been validated by research evidence on resilience, neuroscience, and positive psychology. The Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning describes the Circle of Courage as presaging other prevention and positive youth development paradigms1. We invite you to explore this website which highlights resources from presenters and authors in the international network of leaders who share the mission of reclaiming youth at risk.

1Elias, M. et al. (2015). Integrating SEL with related prevention and youth development approaches.
In J. Durlak et al., (Eds.), Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning (pp. 33-49). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

About the Cover

The image on the cover of Reclaiming Youth at Risk comes from a summer youth photography program for homeless students. Marilyn Charging, Director of Indian Education in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, enlisted photographers to mentor children who then captured images showing the joys and hardships of uprooted children and families. The photo above shows two boys of different ages and races taking care of each other on the streets.  Read more about the project here: Through Our Own Eyes.

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