A penetrating portrayal of the rootlessness of many of today’s youth offers a powerful, practical plan for reaching them. This is an inspirational resource for all who mentor, teach, or parent young people. A unique feature of this book is its focus on the spiritual dimension of contemporary problems and the role that members of faith communities are playing in reclaiming youth in conflict. The authors bring perspectives from research and leading-edge principles and practices of positive youth development. Scott Larson is President of Straight Ahead Ministries, serving youth in juvenile justice programs in 40 states and 35 countries. Larry Brendtro has decades of direct experience in the education and treatment of challenging children and has served during three presidential administrations on the U.S. Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Protection. Drs. Larson and Brendtro have both authored numerous books on strength-based reclaiming approaches.
Solution Tree (2000). 240 pages.
“Lively and jargon-free, this book blends the wisdom of great youth work pioneers with the best research on positive youth development.
—Arlin Ness, President Emeritus, Starr Commonwealth
“I can get frustrated at times with the lack of really good resources written to equip people working with at-risk youth from a faith perspective. You will be surprised at the number of things you’ll be underlining in this book! It’s practical, insightful, affirming and written by authors who have the years of experience to back their words.”
—Life Teams Canada
“Our most recent failures with youth should convince most reasonable people that we must focus on values and faith-based ideas. This book is a relevant and useful resource for anyone working with young people.”
—Frederick Ciao, President, Bishop McDevitt High School, Wyncote, PA